Skateboard Buying Guide for Beginners

Buying your first board can be overwhelming as well as exciting, particularly since your formative interactions with skateboarding are likely to govern how you get along with it going forward. The skateboard is made up of the wooden deck, upon which the skater stands, and the trucks which operate as steering axles. On those trucks, there are a total of four wheels, each with a pair of eight ball-bearing races countersunk into the core of the wheel, which allows the skaters to hit those high speeds.

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Three main types of skateboards are all very fun and functional for different types of riding. Make sure you watch videos to decide whether a standard skateboard, skateboard cruiser, or longboard is the right fit for you.

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Size

What size skateboard should you get? We recommend starting with a skateboard deck width that is proportional to your shoe size. If you wear men’s size 6.5 to 9, start 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, handrails, 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.

Wheels

Skateboard wheels today are made of urethane which has a density measured on a durometer scale peaking at 100a. Transition skaters favor large wheels with a broader running surface and a grippy durometer around the 97a mark, whereas street practitioners prefer smaller-diameter wheels in the low 50s and a higher durometer, which allows for controlled skidding and sliding out of tricks. What makes urethane perfect as a wheel is that the heat generated by skateboarding does not degrade the polymer.

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Skateboard shapes

Before skateboard deck design stabilized around the current ubiquitous popsicle shape. Some skaters like the fact that a shaped board rides differently in one direction from the other since they are not symmetrical lengthwise, but it is worth bearing in mind that all shaped boards are almost inevitably heavier than their popsicle counterparts just by dint of being larger to facilitate shaping. Heavy boards make for a sluggish ride so consider your likely terrain first!

So, where can you buy a skateboard? There are a lot of options on bang good. 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. The only way to know if that board is calling out to you is to step on it and see if you feel that spark. Make payments by full payment, or by Buy Now Pay Later; which allows you to make payments after 14 days, or by Klarna Pay in 3; where you can make three interest-free installments.

 

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Buying your first board can be overwhelming as well as exciting, particularly since your formative interactions with skateboarding are likely to govern how you get along with it going forward. The skateboard is made up of the wooden deck, upon which the skater stands, and the trucks which operate as steering axles.
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