Buying guide: How to choose a skateboard


Today we will learn (or not) how to choose a skateboard for street or new school. In another post, we will talk about tennis racket, cruiser or longboard , but as they said in Conan the Barbarian “… that’s another story.”

Now let’s focus on the most common and versatile deck, charts street . The choice of a skateboard is a very personal decision and depends on the preferences of each skater about the use we want to give to the skateboard and skate style to practice. Yet there are 5 essential points to keep in mind:



There are skateboards made of different materials ranging from hardwoods such as Canadian maple, Chinese maple, birch, bamboos, calc … to materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, carbon fiber or plastic. The wooden skateboards are the most versatile. They are manufactured by molding and gluing sheets of wood with longitudinal and perpendicular streaks placed alternately. Thus flexibility and strength in all directions is achieved. Differentiate between different kinds of wood boards is very complicated. Sometimes blades inside are a different timber and the outer sheets are also varnished and painted. If you want to visually differentiate them, I recommend that you study engineering first and then you roll a doctorate with a thesis style, like “as I am geek and have much time, I want to learn to identify sheets of wood for recreational use”. In short, identifying timber is more difficult to iron an “impossible”, let’s just look at the specifications of the manufacturer.

Canadian Maple: The most common method for manufacturing the skateboards material, the Canadian maple is a strong, flexible, lightweight material (0.63g / cc), is ideal for making skateboards. When dried loses some flexibility. Usually decks are made ​​of 7-ply Canadian maple.

Arce Chinese: A cheaper and brittle material is broken more easily than the Canadian maple, it is difficult to distinguish, there are over 100 different species of maple, so differentiate it work … let’s leave it very difficult.

Guatambú: tree native to Argentina and Paraguay up to 20 meters high, is a very strong and with many nice features for wood skate, but is heavier than maple (0.8 g / cm³). Guatambú usually 6 sheets used in each skateboard.

Bamboo: Bamboo is a strong, lightweight material, along with a very fast growing plant, so it is a renewable and sustainable material. Bamboo skate boards are often delaminate than Canadian maple decks.

Plastic: Plastic is a material that lasts long, sometimes too much, but its mechanical properties are poorer than those of wood in general. It is typically used for mini cruisers.

2. Sizes


Most street skateboards types have a width between 7.5 and 8.25 inches (19 to 21 cm) and 30 to 33 inches (76-84 cm) long. For other types of decks as cruiser, oldschool, longboard, the decks are wider and longer. The size of the deck plus the skate style you practice depend on your physique, mainly from the size of your feet. I leave a link between shoe sizes and widths of the decks. You can find slightly different relationships, but remember that just as in the code of the pirates, the relationship between the number of feet and the width of the deck is only a guideline, not a binding rules. The bottom line is your choice and you feel comfortable.

Step size Deck width
36-39 7.5 to 7.75
40-43 7.5-8.0
44-46 7.75 to 8.25
  1. Form(Shape)


The shape of the street or skatepark decks is concave in the middle of the deck and their shape is almost symmetrical, while the tail is usually shorter and less inclination to the Nose. Current decks have the tail and the nose high to do tricks. They are relatively narrow and short compared to other decks, so that they are very manageable, ideal for a multitude of tricks.

  1. Price

It is an important consideration when choosing your deck feature. A cheap skateboard does not mean you have poor performance. Today there are raw decks, unbranded or graphics, with equally good features to more expensive decks. When we buy a deck of a prestige brand, we are paying for the guarantee to buy a good product and an attractive design. They are more expensive but are a good choice and also a safe choice. If we buy raw or white boards skate, pay close attention to the material and purchase on trusted sites. Well, just follow your instinct.


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