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Choosing A Skateboard Deck

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If you're looking for your first skateboard, you've come to the right place. Your first decision is choosing a deck. This will determine what other components you will choose. Our crew is full of daily skaters, so we put our heads together to give you the basics on how to choose the right skateboard deck for the kind of skateboarding you want to do.

 

Here’s what we’ll cover:


Types of Skateboard Decks

 

There are four main types of skateboard decks that are all very fun and functional for different types of riding. Watch the video and read below to decide whether a standard deck, cruiser deck, old school deck or a longboard deck is the right fit for you.

 

 

Cruiser & Shaped Decks

If transportation is your goal, cruiser decks are our recommended choice. Cruiser decks are usually a similar length to standard decks, but have a large variety of different shapes. They are also typically ridden with soft wheels for a smoother, faster roll on rough surfaces. Compared to longboards, they are lighter and more nimble, allowing you to bob and weave through urban obstacles.

 

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Old School Decks

Old School decks pay respect to vintage 80’s-style skateboards. These decks are much wider and have longer wheelbases than standard decks, making them stable and great for bowl skating and transportation. Extra width and short noses make old school boards more difficult to flip or ollie, so they are not ideal for street skating.

 

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What Size Skateboard Deck Should I Get?

 

We recommend choosing a deck width that is proportional to your shoe size. If you wear men’s size 6.5 to 9, start out with a deck width of 7.5 to 8.0 inches. If you wear shoes 9.5 or larger, we recommend getting a deck between 8.0 and 8.5 inches.

In general, skaters who like flip tricks, manuals, ledges, flat bars and technical tricks usually prefer boards on the narrower side of the spectrum (7.75 – 8.25 inches). Those who skate big bowls, hand rails, or like to jump down large gaps and stairs are usually more comfortable with a larger board (8.25 – 9.0 inches). Wider boards are also great for transportation because they offer a more stable and comfortable standing platform.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to try out different sizes to find out what works best for you. There’s no exact science about deck size – only personal preference.

 

Skateboard Size Chart

 

Skateboard deck size chart

Skaters that are 13+ or wear an adult shoe size of 8+, should be able to handle a full-sized skateboard (7.5" or wider). We offer mid-sized skateboards (7.25 - 7.375") for kids 9-12 years old, mini skateboards (6.75 - 7.25") for kids 6-8 years old, and even micro skateboards (6.5 - 6.75") for kids under 5 years old.


Skateboard Deck Construction

 

 

 


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