2. Skateboard Decks: Size Recommendation
The decisive factor in choosing a skateboard deck usually is its width. Beginners, in particular, may find it difficult to decide on the perfect deck width. If you’re not sure what width suits you best, your shoe size and height are good indicators. By trying out different sizes and getting a feel for your board, you’ll find out what’s most comfortable for you. Therefore, we’ve assembled a few recommendations for you to make the selection a little bit easier.
How skateboard deck width influences riding performance
One of the fundamental factors is that wider boards offer a smoother ride at high speeds. However, they are also heavier, which makes them a bit harder to flip so you’ll need more power in your legs. On the other hand, the wide surface provides plenty of space for catching the board, which can be an advantage when landing tricks. So if you’re into gaps, transitions or just going full speed, a wider board might be right for you.
Contrary to wide boards, narrow boards are lighter and easier to flip. Especially for beginners, this can be an advantage because you’ll need less power to learn your first tricks. However, narrow decks can be hard to control at high speed and have less space to catch and land on. Therefore, narrow decks are ideal for technical skateboarding like doing combos on curbs or on flat ground.
Little hint: We’ recommend a narrow deck for learning flip tricks as a beginner.
How skateboard deck length comes into play
Next, to the width, you’ll also find the deck length in our product descriptions. In order to hold the balance on your skateboard, we suggest that you use your height as a point of reference. You’ll find more information about that in paragraph 2.2.
Regardless of special shapes, wider decks are also typically longer. Of course, they perform a bit differently as compared to shorter decks. While short decks are easier to spin or rotate horizontally, like with 180s or Shove-Its, longer boards provide a bit more surface to catch and make landing easier.
Tip: A long board with short legs isn’t usually a fun combo since it’ll be hard to pull your front foot all the way up to the deck’s nose. So if you’re not that tall, it’s probably best to get a shorter board.
Note: Of course, all our tips are just recommendations that you don’t have to abide by. As a matter of fact, you’ll get used to any new deck pretty quickly.