Snowboarding vs Skateboarding vs Surfing

I saw someone asking what’s the difference between them. Thought I’d share a few words on this as I’ve tried them all.

These use a board, obviously, but how they maneuver is different. Skateboarding uses wheels, snowboarding – no wheels but on snow, and ofc, surfing on water. They have two things in common – they require you to have a strong sense of balance and spatial direction – forward, back, left, right, and rotate. Without those, you can’t go anywhere.

For starters, skateboarding is ideal to start learning how to board because it’s most accessible – a board with wheels is all you need while you need a far more equipment for snowboarding and surfing. Snowboarding is the most expensive because you need to buy a ski lift plus insulation for cold weather, check this whole range of snowboarding reviews. If you’re scared of water, forget about surfing! If you dig water and big waves don’t scare you (not scared of getting drown), surfing is fun but is the trickiest largely because it is unpredictable, you have to read/measure the waves right to make a good catch. To me, surfing is the most exhilarating because you get 100% immersed into nature by its body of water and if you get to carve the wave, nothing is greater than that and you can feel nature carrying/pushing you.

From the technical aspects, I’ve found skateboarding to be the hardest. You need to learn how to do an ollie, which in my opinion, is the hardest trick to learn but once you master it, tricks become much easier and you can go over any kind of step like stairs and how high you can jump depends on how fearless you are. Tricks add up there – kick flip, kiss on the rail, so on.

They’re all fun to try and involve different kinds of nature but one thing is that you gotta have a solid foundation – sense of balance and spatial direction, which is knowing where you go and to anticipate the next step/move.

Happy boarding. :-)

6 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Lisa C.

    I love snowboarding the most, so much fun.

  2. sommer

    snowboarding is a lot more fun!

  3. Nick

    I love skating, I am not near snow and I am an hours drive away from the surf beach so skating is just great to do anytime.

    They are all inter-related which is rad.
    I have surfed before but never snowboarded – I would like to one day.

  4. Danny

    never surfed properly before, never gone snowboarding, skating is the best in my opinion, so punk rock lol

  5. I love skating and want to try to snowboard or surf eventhough the last time i went to the beach was about 10 years ago

  6. Scott

    A person can only get so much air in a skate park. Snowboarding is limitless. Good snowboarders routinely jump 110 feet and land on ice. Every resort has a burton air park now a days. Surfing is like a walk in the park. Snowboarding is like being an assasin assailing a castle. They wear helmets because your melon with get smashed in quickly. Laird barreling down an 50-80 foot wave. Try popping off a 100 foot cliff doing helis and flips and then landing backwards. Ice cripples-water is just fun. Avalanches kill far more snowboarders than surfers drown. U cant wait out an avalanche or move. Snowboarding is the most skillful sport by like a 100 fold. Thats why the only ones doing it well r kids. I am an adult and I have to hang with teenagers because every else sucks at it. One has to think about 10 times faster when u snowboard than surfing. Snowboarding Faster Tougher More moves more lines more imagination=superior sport. And I love surfing but its like driving a an old woody station wagon and snowboarding is like driving a indy car.

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