What is the difference between a skateboard and a cruiser board? Cruisers and mini cruisers are all over the place! These pieces of the past are back to fashion. Shorter and more agile than a regular skateboard, cruiser boards were the first form of skateboards. The small and durable decks were replaced by skateboards during the 90’s and 2000’s but they are now returning to the streets where their soft and tender wheels offer more fluidity than a skateboard and give you that unparalleled surfy feel everyone loves!