So you’ve made the distinction between a shortboard, cruiser, old school, and longboard. Awesome! Now what?
The width you need depends on your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preferences. Length and wheelbase are essential, but width is the most important part of choosing a skateboard deck. The general idea is this: wide decks are more difficult for tricks but great for stability; narrow decks are great for tricks, but a little less stable.
Other factors to consider when buying your deck: length, wheelbase, mounting holes, ply, and concave.
7.5″ to 8.5″ is the standard board width for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks. Decks 8.25″ and larger are best for vert, pools, cruising, and just going old school.
It’s not uncommon to change your deck after a few weeks, especially if you skate hard. If you see that your wheels are uneven (wet and cold areas will do this!) or your deck is showing signs of splitting or cracking, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.