What Size Skateboard Do You Need?
So, you’re shopping for that skateboarder on your Christmas list and it’s time to pick a skateboard deck. The first thing you’ll notice when browsing our site is that we carry a ton of different sized skateboards! You may already know whether your buddy wants a cruiser, longboard, shortboard or old school, but what about the width of the deck?
Let’s get some of the skateboard lingo down first. The skateboard deck is the actual board itself. It refers to the flat, long board that you stand on when skateboarding. Warehouse Skateboards offer a huge selection of skateboard decks in a variety of shapes, sizes, weight and color patterns. Skateboard decks vary in size but most are between 7″-10″, and are made of either seven-ply wood, bamboo, resin, carbon fiber or plastic. Deciding which skateboard deck is best for your buddy depends on what he or she will be skating and, of course, his or her personal brand preference.
- Width – The average width of a skateboard deck is 7.5″- 8.25″. Width is influenced by the size of the rider and the type of riding. Bigger riders and those skating ramps and vert ramps typically prefer a wider deck. Street skaters usually choose a smaller deck. Choose your skateboard deck according to the width, not length.
- Length – The length of the skateboard is measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Average board length is 28″- 32″ but length is only referred to by advanced skaters.
- Wheelbase – The wheelbase is the distance from one pair of inner mounting holes to the other inner pair. The average wheelbase is 13″-15″, and again, the choice is influenced by the skill set of the rider
- Nose and Tail – The nose and tail of a skateboard can be hard to tell apart, but most decks provide you with graphics to distinguish the two apart. Also, most skateboard decks have a bigger kick on the nose and mellower kick on the tail.
- Mounting Holes – Mounting holes are pre-drilled holes where the skateboard trucks are attached. Arranged as two sets of four holes; one set is near the nose, the other near the tail.
- Ply – When looking at the side of the skateboard deck, thin layers of maple veneer are visible. Layering the wood in a cross-grain pattern creates a stronger board than a single solid piece of wood. The typical skateboard is seven-ply.
- Concave – The section of the board between the nose and tail curves up slightly on the sides. The concave gives the rider more control and increases the skateboard’s strength.
What are the different sizes of skateboard decks?
Decks come in many different widths. If you are a beginner to skateboarding, choose your deck according to the width, not the length or wheelbase. The width you need depends on your size, skating style and personal preference. Here are some general guidelines.
- Micro Deck – width: 6.5″ – 6.75”, length: 27.2” – 27.6” . This size deck is great for skaters 5 years or younger, who are under 3’5” tall, and who wear a size 3 shoe or smaller.
- Mini Deck – width: 7.0″, length: 28”. This size deck is great for skaters 6 to 8 years old who are between 3’5” and 4’4” tall and who wear size 4-6 shoes.
- Mid-size Deck – width: 7.3”, length: 29”. This size deck is great for skaters 9 to 12 years old who are between 4’5” and 5’2” tall who and wear size 7-8 shoes.
- Full Size Deck – 7.5” or larger, width: For all skaters over age 13 who are taller than 5’3” with a shoe size of 9 and up. However, individual skating style will determine deck size for these decks:
- 7.5″ to 8″ – Standard board for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
- 8.0″ to 8.25″ – Skating pools, ramps and parks
- 8.25″ and larger – 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.
We have a ton of skateboard decks to choose from. Don’t forget to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you ever have any questions!