The longboard was the first surfboard used by the Polynesians and Hawaiians and eventually brought to the mainstream market. It continues to be the most used by both amateurs and professionals. Shortboards started to take over for a while during the middle of the 20th century, but a few minor modifications brought the longboard back with a vengeance in the 90s and has been the most popular type of board ever since.
Longboards are the most buoyant surfboards around, which makes them easy for surfers to control on just about any type of wave. One of the main reasons why surfers choose longboards over shortboards is that they can glide across the longest waves due to their longer length. Shortboards have a tough time gliding on shorter waves, but the longboard has no problem with them at all.
Longboards are easily the most graceful boards in existence, which is why it’s no surprise that both beginners and experienced surfers still choose them over the newer types of boards. It’s hard to switch boards once you see just how smooth a longboard is at handling just about any kind of wave.