Can You Recognize the Board from a Photo?

By: Olivia Cantor

This is a typical surfboard. Specifically, it's a shortboard kind.

This is a typical skateboard. That's also called a shortboard.

This is a snowboard. It's the All Mountain type.

Sandboarding is a thing. This is what a sandboard typically looks like.

This is another kind of surfboard. It's called the Longboard.

Skateboards also have the Longboard type. It's really like sidewalk surfing!

Skimboards also have different types. This is the wave riding type.

The freestyle kind of snowboard is great if you want to do tricks. They're shorter and more flexible.

A funboard is a good kind of surfboard for beginners. It's usually in between a shortboard and a longboard in size.

Slalomboard skateboards are for slalom racing. But you can also use it in the city.

Kiteboarding is a popular water sport. You have to rely on a kite and a board to execute movements.

This is what you use for windsurfing. It's a beginner board type.

A surfboard of the fish kind has a different tail design. It looks like a swallow's tail, actually.

This is the Penny Board kind of skateboard. It looks like it's made of plastic material, based on its finish.

This is the Alpine kind of snowboard. It's good for riding only, no tricks!

This is a wakeboard. It's a challenge to do this sport!

This surfboard is called the gun type. It's great for really big waves.

This is called the kneeboard. It's the recreational kind.

This is the surf kind of paddleboard. This is meant for stand-up paddleboarding.

This is a snakeboard. It's another kind of skateboard, originally invented in South Africa.

The competitive kneeboard type has a different design than the recreational one. Their materials are different in a way.

Carveboarding is riding on streets and pavement. It's meant to be some kind of land practice for surfers and snowboarders, so it mixes all those disciplines.

This is a caster board. Yep, it only has two wheels, so good luck with balancing this one.

If you see a skateboard that has huge wheels, that's called a Mountain Board. Yup, it's meant for riding off-road, like downhill level type of riding.

Formula windsurfing boards have specific specs for racing. Make sure they're regulation, if you want to compete.

Skysurfing takes surfing into the aerial levels. The board is attached to the feet, and is like a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard.

A T-Board is a kind of skateboard that mimics snowboards on land, with its two wheels. So it's suggested for crossover trainings in between board sports.

A Flowboard is a kind of skateboard that has many wheels. Yes, it really flows when ridden!

The Malibu Surfboard indeed pays homage to Malibu Beach surfing. This surfboard is great for the hang five or hang ten moves.

This stand-up paddleboard kind is called the Allround. It has a rounder end than the usual surf kind, and is longer.

This one's called a bodyboard. It's the Dropknee type.

This skimboard is made of wood. It's called Inland.

True-blue surfers who know their surfboard history know that this very, very long wooden model is called the Olo. It's the ancient Hawaiian surfboard meant to be used by royalty.

If you don't want to stand up on dunes, then try these sand sleds. These could also be maneuvered like a sandboard, but while sitting down.

The Flatwater kind of paddleboard is meant for open ocean type of paddleboarding. It's longer than the usual surf or allround paddleboards.

The Tandem Surfboard is basically a longboard that should also have specifications that could enable it to carry two people at a time. So not just any kind of surfboard can be a tandem board.

This is called a Freeboard. It's a skateboard variety but with six wheels, and is meant to mimic a snowboard, for off-season training and riding.

The Stowboard is basically a folding skateboard. But it looks different than the average skateboard design.

The ancient kind of surfboard points to the Alaia as the one used more commonly in ancient Hawaii. It's also made of wood, and is shorter than the Olo kind, plus it's a bit wider.

A hoverboard is a concept skateboard that's ideally meant to hover over surfaces, not touch it. But some entrepreneurs use this term to call some self-balancing motorized scooter models that mimic a Segway, but without the handles.

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A board is a board is a board ... but by any other sport, would it feel the same? Okay, drop the Shakespeare rehash now, and let's try this gnarly boarding quiz!  Put on your goofy foot and hit start!

It's amazing to learn that there are so many kinds of board sports out there. Of course, we all have our default knowledge of a board sport or two, maybe three or four if we're lucky -- or if we're living in a four-season country or region (yep, that matters, a lot!). And true-blue board sports enthusiasts would definitely be able to identify many types of boards in their chosen board sports. And also, by extension, many of these board sports enthusiasts would, of course, extend their knowledge to other kinds of board sports that are somewhat related to their own chosen sport.

Now why is that? Are these board sports enthusiasts really gung-ho about all kinds of boards? Well, yes, in a way. When they can't practice their first board sport of choice for some reason (mainly the weather), they usually find alternatives. That's why they're very versatile about this specific knowledge.

So, wanna test yours? Hop on board and enjoy this ride!



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