Choosing a Skateboard
First of all, it is important that you know what skateboard is right for your needs. For example, if you want to do flip tricks, ollie stairs or grind rails, then you need a traditional skateboard. If you prefer to cruise while doing cutbacks, it’s either a longboard or waveboard you need.
A high quality skateboard deck is made withCanadian Maple as it is the strongest wood species. A skateboard deck is typically about 27.5 ” – 32.75 ” (70-83 cm) in length, and approx. 6.75 ” – 8.6 ” (17-22 cm) in width.
The size and width of the deck is often assessed by size in shoes – smaller shoe sizes (below size 38) typically fit with a skateboard deck of approx. 7 “. Medium size (size 38-43) typically fits with a 7-7.5 ″ skateboard deck. If you have feet larger than size 43, you will often need a 7.75 ”or higher skateboard deck.
Skateboard wheels, trucks and bearings
If you want to skate street, you will often need smaller wheels as they weigh less and keep your skateboard deck closer to the ground, providing stability.
Your trucks should preferably be as wide as your skateboard deck. In addition, your trucks must also be light and incredibly robust, which is often a compromise. You will also need 8 pieces. The ABEC scale is used as an indicator of the quality of the bearings, the higher the value, the more accurate and fast the bearings are constructed. ABEC 7-9 is used e.g. often by ramp skateboarders, whereas street skaters often settle for regular ABEC 5-7.
You must also remember Griptate! It’s basically a piece of sandpaper pasted on the top of the skateboard deck so your feet won’t slip off the skateboard.