Skateboard Size For Beginners

Skateboard Size For Beginners

I am going to take some time to explain all of you what elements have to be considered at the moment of selecting a skateboard that fit you perfectly and how to choose skateboard size for beginners.

As you know very well, there are different sizes of boards around as well as diverse designs and shapes. All of them have an importance in the performance of all tricks and competitions. But how can we differentiate one from the other and what are the best boards for a single skater?

Beforehand, I have to clarify that all measurements you are about to see are in the inches category. For those who are not familiar with this measurement, one inch is equivalent to approximately 2.54 centimeters.

Let's start with the different model of boards, their features and skateboard size for beginners.

Usually, a board has a length that can vary from 28 to 33 inches (70 to 80 centimeters). The deck is divided into three sections: the nose (front), the wheelbase and the tail (rear). To differentiate the nose from the tail, a deep look to the deck will tell you. Normally, the nose is a little wider than the tail. The wheelbase (that space between the trucks) is from 12” to 15” long, and this length won’t only impact the total size of the board but also how it handles. A shorter deck will make you feel riding an agile board, while a longer one will provide more stability.

Now decks can vary according to the concavity they have. You can three different concave decks in stores or online; they are classified as: low, medium and high concave. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you precisely the concave shape of a specific skateboard since they vary according to the manufacturer. And you can find a medium concave board from one company to be considered a low one from a competitor.

The low concave board provides a more stable ride, but they are difficult to flip and less agile. While the medium type offers more agility than the previous one and it is considered a transitional one from beginners to experts. Finally we have the higher concave kind which offers more agility and easiness to flip it, but they are more difficult to ride than the two mentioned before.

Another characteristic of board is the shape. This feature will determine the level of expertise you actually perform. For example, let’s talk about Classic Popsicle Shape, also known as Street Skateboard Deck, they are designed for beginners exclusively; the nose and tail are not so different and this allow you an easily ride switch. They have been the standard shape for years.

With a little more of experience, you will require a bowl or pool deck. They come with a 8.25” width, and they are more used for transitional skateboarding. They also called old school.

And finally, I have to mention the shaped decks. They are hybrids of new street decks and old school ones. They are markedly concave and have curved noses and tails. Originally designed for transition skaters, these shaped decks can be also used to perform street sessions without any inconvenience.

Another type of board I have to bring on is the one named Cruisers skateboards. They are made of different sort of material such as maple or bamboo, or a combination of both. Also, these boards are perfect for riding around the city since they are easy to ride because of the softer wheels. Cruisers are usually fully assembled and ready to use. So if you don’t like longer decks, a cruiser is the answer for your needs.

Now that you know the different kinds of features from boards, which one is the most appropriate for you? Besides your personal preferences, I have to suggest you to take a peek to the following indicators.

  1. The performance of the board is one factor that you have to consider when buying one. Wider decks offer a smooth and fast ride, but they are also heavier to perform any trick – requiring extra leg power. Narrow boards, on the other hand, are lighter and easy to flip, a total advantage for beginners since you don’t need the extra power to perform any trick, also perfect to perform technical skateboarding such as combos on curbs or flat grounds.
  2. Your shoe size is one of the indicators of the size of board you require. The bigger your shoes are, the wider your board has to be. For example you wear a shoe at the size of 41 (the USA measure) you need a board with a width of 8 to 8.25”.
  3. The third factor to consider at the moment of choosing a board is your height. If you are 1.75 meters high you should look for a board with a length ranging from 31.5 to 31.875 inches.
  4. And don’t forget about your weight, definitely another relevant indicator when selecting the right board. You need a really resistant board if you are heavier that average.

Well, take these recommendation in a good place and I will see you around for more very soon.

John Williams