Longboarding is the act of riding on a longboard, A longboard is known for its generous size (both length and width) over its smaller, technical counterpart, the skateboard. Longboards are also known for their stability, traction and durability due to lower wheel durometers than their mentioned counterparts. Many, but not all longboards, use trucks (axles) that contain a different geometric parameters than a skateboard as well. These factors and their variation have given way to a variety of disciplines, functions and purposes for a longboard. A longboard generally can be as short or as long as the rider desires, no higher than the rider or this will cause loss of control; the most popular range is about 32 to 60 inches. As well as being usually longer than a trick deck skateboard, longboards may also be equipped with larger, softer wheels which afford a smoother, faster ride. However, there are many different uses for longboards, as shown below.