skateboard size guide
CHOOSING YOUR DECK/BOARD
Selecting the right size skateboard will help you learn and progress more easily. The more experience you gain the more you will learn what your size preference is. Until you reach this point, we recommend selecting your deck based on your shoe size. This will give you a good starting point. It is important to remember, when choosing between different deck sizes:
- A larger or wider deck will be more stable and comfortable for riding.
- A smaller or skinnier deck will be more nimble for flip tricks, ledges, and technical skating.
CHOOSING YOUR TRUCKS
Trucks are important as they attach the wheels to the deck and allow for turning/pivoting. Typically made of steel a skate truck comprises of a hanger, an axle that runs through the hanger, a baseplate, a kingpin, bushings, along with the nuts and washers that go with it.
Typically, with trucks the pivoting can be adjusted, which determines how much stiffness there is when turning. For example, Looser trucks are easier to turn while tighter trucks help you generate more pop.
Best suited for flip tricks and providing extra stability, this truck hieght goes well with smaller wheels to reduce chances of “wheel bite." This is also good for beginners because of the lower center of gravity.
Best for skateboarding in the streets or at a park, but very versatile, this truck height is the most common for all-around skateboarding.
This height is utilized by skaters mainly interested in cruising or carving and those less focused on flip tricks.
CHOOSING GRIP TAPE
Grip tape is the adhesive sandpaper-like material applied to the top of the skateboard deck. Grip tape is necessary to ensure control and grip on the board for the skater. Most grip tape manufacturers make a standardized size and personal preference reigns supreme. You can choose whatever manufacturer or style that works best for you!