There are many various elements on a skateboard, but the skateboard deck is one of the most noticeable. When skateboarding, the skate deck is the flat board on which you stand. A shortboard, rather than a longboard or cruiser, is best for street skating and vert skating. It’s also the ideal option for doing tricks, whether you’re a novice or an expert.
Once you’ve decided to build/buy a complete skateboard, there are a few things to think about, and the size of the deck is the first of many decisions you’ll have to make. It’s also crucial to choose the right board shape.
What size skateboard do you need?
Contrary to popular belief, width, not length or wheelbase, is the most crucial factor to consider when selecting a skate deck. The width of skateboard decks ranges from 7.5″ to 8.25″. Your required width is determined by your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preferences.
Below are the guidelines for choosing the right one for you.
7.5″ to 8″ – A common board for adult skaters who want to skate the streets or do more advanced stunts.
8.0″ to 8.25″ – Parks, skating rinks, ramps, and rails 8.25″ and larger – Cruising, vert, pools, and simply going old school
If you choose a too-wide board for you, you will have to apply too much force, making skateboarding and freestyling difficult. You’ll have problems balancing and feeling stable if you choose a board with a too-small width for you. Most teen and adult riders will prefer at least a 7.5″ width, but a wider board may feel more stable depending on your form and shoe size.
Features of a good skate deck:
If you’re new to skateboarding, familiarising yourself with skateboarders’ various types of boards would be beneficial. Skateboards are available in four different shapes. Because each type of skateboard deck is created for a specific style of skating, the board shape you choose should be compatible with the style you wish to skate. Then, utilising components that match your skateboard deck and skating style, you may create a personalised complete.
Shortboards are the shortest type of board, built and shaped for catching air and doing tricks. If you prefer to skate on the street or in the park, a shortboard type deck will be ideal for you.
Kicktails are common on cruiser boards, but they’re primarily for cruising around. Cruisers have mid-length decks and are adaptable and agile, making them ideal for cruising city streets.
Kicktails and a flat nose are a trademark of old school boards. They usually have a broader nose and are asymmetrical. Skating pools, ramps, and the streets are all great places to use old school boards.
Longboard skateboards, also known as cruisers, are an excellent option if you don’t want to do tricks and just want a skateboard to go around on for mobility. Some longboards are made with downhill racing in mind.
The boards designed for downhill riding have a symmetrical shape, sit lower to the ground, and have wheel cutouts that enable larger wheels to be used.
These are the best categories of skateboard decks you can choose from. Pick the one that suits your height, skill, and preference and enjoy the ride.