The search for the perfect skateboard can be a total headache for newcomers and beginners. In order to ease your troubles, here are some useful tips on what to look for when buying your first skateboard, and how to find the right setup for your skating needs. One thing is certain: skaters with the right setup have way more fun practising.
Although at first glance, it might be difficult to distinguish all the individual parts of a skateboard, there are a few basic things you can keep in mind that will help you create a complete skateboard for yourself. To ensure that the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, and bolts all fit together, we’ve designed the skatedeluxe Skateboard Configurator. With this configurator, you can conveniently create your perfect custom skateboard online in six easy steps. Now check out our tips, and give the configurator a go!
Size Recommendations: Deck
Of course, your personal preference comes into play when determining how narrow or wide your board should be. Current trends in skateboarding may also influence your decision about the width or shape of your board. A good guideline for choosing the size of your deck is based on your body size. Take a look at the table to find the right width for your size. The width of a skateboard is always given in inches. One inch corresponds to 2.54cm.
Tip for smartphone users: you can scroll left and right on the table to view all the info.
|Body Size||Shoe Size|
|• up to 130 cm:
Decks under 7.5″
|• up to UK 5 | US 6 | EU 38.5:
Decks under 7.5″
|• top to 160 cm:
Decks between 7.5″ – 7.75″
|up to UK 7 | US 8 | EU 41.5:
Decks between 7.5″ – 7.875″
|• 160 – 190 cm:
Decks between 7.75″ – 8.125″
|• up to UK 10 | US 11 | EU 45:
Decks between 7.75″ – 8.5″
|• over 190 cm:
Decks between über 8.125″
|• over UK 10.5 | US 11.5 | EU 45.5:
Decks over 8″
P.S. When searching for skateboard decks in the online Skate Shop and when using the skatedeluxe Skateboard Configurator, you can filter for specific deck widths. If you’re using a laptop or computer, the filter will be on the left side, and if you’re on your smartphone, it’ll be on the top right.
When choosing your setup, you should consider what style of skating you’ll ultimately want to focus on. If you already know your preferences, or simply want to find a nice all-around setup, take the following suggestions into consideration.
Do you and your board belong to the streets? Then this style of skating is right for you. Narrow boards, between 7.5” – 8” are particularly suitable for street skating because they can flip easier than wider boards and are generally more agile. Low and mid trucks are best suited for this style. There are also lightweight trucks and variations with hollow kingpins or axles and mounted with a short bolt pack. What you save on weight, you’ll gain in altitude on ollies and flips.
Hard wheels with a durometer of 100A or higher are best suited for grinding and sliding. The size of street wheels varies from 50 – 53mm. When selecting your bearings, stick with a very durable and resilient model because of the dirt in the streets.
In street skating, everything comes down to your imagination and how you interpret your environment. Anything can be skated. A flashy griptape would be very fitting. You should also always have skate wax on hand when working curbs and rails.
Don’t want to deal with the all the different individual components of your skateboard? Don’t sweat it! We also offer a selection of complete skateboards that’ll be shipped to you ready to skate!
Park Skating / Allrounder
If you feel most comfortable in skateparks, or just haven’t made up your mind, we suggest going with an all-around setup. The decks are between 7.57” and 8.5” wide and are suitable for almost any terrain because they provide the best compromise between manoeuvrability and stability. Mid/Standard Trucks are best suited for your all-around setup.
You’ll want to choose somewhat softer, medium-sized wheels between 53 – 56mm for this setup in order to increase the grip on the usually very smooth surfaces in skateparks. Depending on your preference, you can also install shock or riser pads to increase smoothness. When you start practicing on ramps, you should definitely wear protective gear.
For starters, we also have some great complete boards that you can order, already assembled and ready to skate!
Halfpipe | Bowl | Ramp
If your future will be filled with ramps and bowls, scoring points with aerial and lip tricks, we’d recommend skateboards with a width of 8” or more. These also come in a variety of different shapes. Mid or high trucks are ideal for grinding on lips and offer more stability at the high speeds reached in bowls, mini-ramps and halfpipes. Soft wheels provide additional grip. Riser pads and rails (plastic rails attached to the deck for increased stability during board and lip slides) are often used for this style of skating. Anyone who skates ramps should never skimp on protective gear.
Do you just want the whole process of selecting your first board to be as simple as possible? We have a great selection of complete skateboards that can be delivered to you, ready to skate.
Skateboarders wearing protective gear? Definitely not uncool!
Think you’re too cool for protective gear? Sorry to disappoint, but you’re wrong. Sure, you almost never see experienced skaters wearing helmets and kneepads, but the key word here is “experienced.”
As a beginner, who isn’t entirely confident on a skateboard, you should definitely wear a helmet. Additional protection for knees, elbows, and wrists are also fitting. You can find a wide range of protective gear in the skatedeluxe online Skate Shop!
If you want to learn more about skateboarding and the individual components such as decks, trucks, wheels and more, check out the skatedeluxe Skateboard Wiki. As a beginner, you’ll get a load of skateboard knowledge and learn everything there is to know about the different parts of a skateboard.
Our customer service team is also available to you anytime if you want help selecting your first skateboard!Create your custom setup with the skatedeluxe skateboard configurator!