Skateboard decks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Every skater has their preferences depending on their skate style, where they skate and sometimes shoe size.
Many people come in and ask:
- Which skateboard deck size should I get?
- What is a good skateboard size for beginners?
- What even is the importance of the size of the skateboard?
Deck sizing is based on the width and length of the board. For example if you see a board that says 7.5″ next to it, that means that its 7.5 inches wide. Widths can range from around 6″ (Below 7.5” Tend to be shorter than 32” in length) wide all the way up to 10″ wide. A lot of it comes down to personal preference when deciding what board width to get. As a beginner (lets say aged around 11-12) we’d say a 7.5″ is a good size to start with. 7.5″ is considered the standard size for a skateboard. At this size the board is wide enough to be comfortable under your feet but not too wide that it becomes difficult to skate, or too narrow that its difficult to balance.
Anything below this width we call a ‘mini skateboard’ and are great for even younger children or people with tiny feet. Being a mini also means that it is shorter as well, making it easier to carry and skate for younger people.
If you’re a bit older or just have larger feet, you could go for a board in the 7.75″ – 8.0″ range. This gives you a little more board size to stand on, making it easier to balance as you have a slightly larger platform to stand on.
The great thing about skateboarding is that you can be as picky as you like with your parts. For example you can get a board that is 8.0″ wide, but then you may see one that is 8.06″ or 8.1″ or even 8.125″ wide. While these differences might seem insignificant, I know people who swear by an 8.125″ as being perfect and refuse to skate anything else.
So what difference does the width actually make? A wider board means that there is more to land on when doing a trick, but it also means that (for some at least) they’re more difficult to flip as they spin slower. Its all a matter of trying a few different sizes and see which you prefer, no one else can decide for you.
As an example, I am 20 years old, size 10.5 feet and I’m currently skating an 8.125″ wide deck. Aaron on the other hand is 19 years old, size 9 feet and skates a 8.25″ wide deck.
The next thing you need to decide on is shape. Shape is extremely important, technically more important than size. There are many brands that offer all sorts of different shapes and concave on their boards, take Polar Skate Co, Welcome Skateboards and The National Skateboard Co for a few examples.
The reason shape and concave is such an importance is because they affect everything. I mean the push, pop, scoop, flick and catch. You may want to have a high concave deck like a WKND to get your feet deep in to the pockets and unleash huge tre flips or, have more of a mellow concave such as a 5Boro to have more comfortable boardslides. Obviously you can have monster tre flips and easy sliding boardslides with any deck as it comes down to preference, you just may find one easier to do certain tricks on than the other.
Then you have the shapes. Shapes can be extremely funky in comparison to the typical popsicle shaped decks, but you can also have the shapes that only differ slightly, such as a squared off tail or a pointier nose. Again, this comes down to preference but some may find carving bowls or shredding some mini ramps easier to do on a wide, Banshee 90 Shape Welcome Board. They may also find it easier to hurl themselves down stairs on a typical popsicle shape. Either can be used for anything really, it just may come easier to the user with a specific shape and size. We recommend you experiment with your skateboards as you just might stumble across a gem that increases your skill set as well as your enjoyment when riding a skateboard.
If you need anymore help deciding what board size to get, or any other question you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.