Choosing a Skateboard
Posted on: 06/14/2018, by : Dorothy Veale
choosing a skateboard

Choosing a skateboard can be intimidating process especially for a beginner. In addition to cost, there are other things that need to be taken into consideration. Some of these skating boards are usually designed to be capable and versatile but each board has a different character which is most rewarding if matched properly to one’s riding style. Below are some factors that will help you choose a skateboard that best suits your riding style.

Board Type

skateboard featuresWhen choosing a state board, knowing how you’re going to use it is essential as it will help you decide the type of the board to go for. This will help you ensure that the board will fit its intended functions. If you want a skateboard for transportation such as getting to your friend’s house or school, then a penny board or a longboard is the most ideal. If you’re looking to learn a few sweet tricks, a shortboard or a traditional skateboard is your best choice. If you are unsure choose a shortboard as it is easy to do tricks and cruise compared to longboard which is bulky and too heavy to perform tricks.

The Board Shape

Skating boards come in different shapes from flat, progressive, radial, flat-cave, concave, asymmetric and w-concave. All these are most suitable for experienced skaters looking to better their tricks but for beginners, they might not be super helpful. It is therefore advisable for beginners to choose the simplest available option as they learn the loops concerning skating.

The Board Size

Skateboard decks have four main sizes that are measured by the board’s width. They include; mini, micro, midsize and full size. Micro boards measuring 6.7-6.75 inches wide are ideal for kids under 5 years while mini boards measuring 7 inches wide are ideal for older kids. The mid-size deck which corresponds with shoe sizes 8 and 7 is the most common for beginners. 7.5 inches or wider full-size board best suits adult beginners.

The Board Material

Canadian maple is the commonly used material for the skateboard decks construction. Other popular materials are Baltic birch plywood and bamboo. Plastic usually used in making penny boards is another alternative that is much cheaper. There are also fiberglass and aluminum decks that work in the same way. However, Canadian maples are of good quality and provide stability hence its popularity.

The Wheels

The skateboard wheels should correspond to the board type and the purpose of the board. Street boards need hard and small wheels while long board’s wheels need to be soft and big. The brand of other parts of your skateboard does not matter so long as they are the best depending on your need.

Grip Tape

skateboardThis is the abrasive top sheet that looks like a sandpaper lining your deck’s top. It helps you when doing the flip tricks and mastering them and also prevents you from slipping off. Other than color and the tape extra wide grip, ideal for extra wide boards there isn’t much brads difference.


Skateboard decks which are blank without graphics on the bottom are cheaper compared to pro decks but ride just the same. But if you have enough money and fancy a pro skateboarders deck go for it.

If you are a beginner, it’s recordable, to begin with, a mid-quality set but later invest in more high-quality ones.

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