Wood and Board: Skateboard Buying Guide and Size Dimensions

Whether you want to be a professional skateboarder or merely want to ride the local skate park in style, choosing a skateboard and, more significantly, purchasing the right skateboard setup for you is important.

Choosing the correct board size will make it easier for you to advance and learn. You’ll find what size you prefer as you gain more experience. Determining your skateboard deck dimensions based on your shoe size will help enhance your skateboard performance.

How To Choose Skateboard Deck

Skateboard decks are the actual board platform on which you will be riding. A skateboard deck is generally built of numerous plies of laminated maple wood (7 on average).

The width is an important overall attribute to consider when looking for an appropriate skateboard setup. Skateboard decks come in various forms and widths, but for beginners, a deck width somewhat smaller than the measure of your foot is the best bet.

Width & Shape of Skateboard Deck

Skateboards range in width from 7.7″ to 9″ or more (excluding longboards, cruisers, and miniature boards). The symmetrical “popsicle” shape is the most popular deck shape. However, directional vintage and fun-shaped boards with a wider trend are becoming more popular.

There is no “right” or “wrong” deck. It all comes down to personal preference, so it’s better to experiment with various sizes and forms. Wider boards are generally more stable, although narrower boards are more responsive and easier to do tricks on.

Wheelbase of Skateboard

The wheelbase is the distance between your installed trucks, and it varies depending on the length of your board. The wheelbase of a longer board will be longer. If you have longer legs, you’ll require a broader wheelbase, just like in any other board sport.

The wheelbase determines the turning distance of the board; a shorter wheelbase has a smaller turning radius, while a longer wheelbase has a larger turning radius.

Different Types of Decks

There are numerous brands, lengths, and layouts of the skateboard deck, each with its own set of features. Pro decks, longboards, and cruisers are the three major classifications of the skateboard deck.

  • Popsicle (Pro) Cards: A “popsicle” shape with a tilted nose and tail allows performing tricks where the skateboard comes off the surface simpler.

These are skateboards created and meant to be used solely for tricks, with comfort and ease of riding being secondary considerations. Pro decks are typically 8 inches broad and 32 inches long.

  • Longboard Decks: As the name implies, a longboard deck is longer, but it is far from the only distinction. Longboard decks come in a variety of shapes, but their length is what differentiates them. Longboard decks are at least 34″ long.

Longboard decks can be made to go down hills, perform stunts in the air, or cruise around.

Many individuals choose a longboard because the large board size and larger wheels make learning to ride faster and a better option for transporting.

  • Cruiser Decks: Cruiser decks are a cross between pro and longboard decks, with a more amorphous definition. At least one upturned tail, if not both, is virtually always present on cruiser boards. Tricks are achievable, although they are typically more difficult than on a pro board.

Cruiser boards could be the same length as pro boards and longboards or even shorter, but they are often broader for better comfort and stability while cruising.

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