Its a perfect day outside, so you decide to longboard to your destination. But when it is time to go back home, it is pouring the rain outside. Can you longboard in the rain? Should you longboard in the rain?
Of course you can longboard in the rain! Some people have a great time in the rain and say that sliding is awesome on wet pavement. Other longboarders say it is easier for them to wipe out, so they avoid it.
Should you longboard in the rain? If you want your longboard and its components to last as long as possible, then the answer would be no. Water seems to deteriorate everything it touches. Your longboard has a lot of metal components, so when they come in contact with water, then they will be very prone to rust. Your bearings will feel the biggest brunt of your time in the rain. Getting the bearings wet can severely lessen their lifespan.
If you have to longboard in the rain, one option would be to ride a board with cheap bearings on those days, and save your more expensive bearings for nice days. Or you can also buy full ceramic bearings, which are rust resistant. Always remember that if you do happen to longboard in the rain, to wipe off your entire board when you get inside. Water can sit between the trucks and the deck and inside the hardware, so you may want to even take your trucks off and wipe them off as well. This should help preserve some of the components.
Whatever you decide to do, always longboard at your own risk.
Thanks for reading!