Video:Find Skateboard Deck Sizewith Roy Syriac
Want to learn how to find the skateboard deck size when choosing a skateboard? Here, see helpful information that will explain the difference in deck sizes.See Transcript
Transcript:Find Skateboard Deck Size
Hi, I am Roy Syriac at Credo skateboard and snowboard shoppe in Northampton, Mass, and I am going to tell you how to choose a skateboard deck.
Basics on Skateboard Deck Size
Deck range from 7.5 inch wide to 8.5 inch wide. The bigger the board, the easier it is to ride, but the smaller the board the easier it is to do flip tricks and all sorts of stunts and maneuvers. The lengths of skateboards are pretty standard, running from 31.5 inches to 32, pretty similar throughout most of the brands. Foot size does not pertain too much. You can have a small foot and ride a wide board, or vice versa. It is mainly a preference that you acquire when you get more into skateboarding.
Information About Skateboard Deck Size
Most of the boards are made of either Canadian hard rock maple or another hard maple or rock wood. There are seven plies, they are cut out to the same shape, and the press them down. Some companies will have a really flat board, and other companies will have an extremely concave board.Other than that, the difference between brands is the shape of the nose and tail. The tail being the bottom and the nose being the top. Some of them have round shaped noses, some turn out a little more square. The tails will taper a bit more in some broadens, and other ones will be more square on the bottom.
For beginners, I point out which ones will be good for their age and their size body. If a younger kid comes in, 8 years old, pretty short, not too heavy, I will usually suggest something like a 7 3/4-inch board. So I will point out, this board, this board, this board is good for you, and he would pick by aesthetics after that, by the board graphic. That is why a lot of the smaller boards have skulls and fire and flames.
If you are a little heavier, I would recommend getting a wider board, because it has more surface area, it is a little easier to balance on, and it is not going to break as easily. They do break. They are constructed well and they cost a little bit of money, but nothing lasts forever.
More Information on Skateboard Deck Size
It really depends on what kind of skating you are doing, what level you are at. A beginner is going to make his board last at least a year, as long as he takes care of it, keeps it out of the water. If all you are doing is cruising down the street, you board will last forever.
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