How to pick your skate when you are still learning?
What you need to know when skateboarding?
When you begin skateboarding and you don’t know much about it, picking your first skateboard may appear to be confounded. Surely, many brands are available of the skateboard and offer you a huge number of assistants to prepare your board. So on the off chance that you are searching for an amateur skate, you might be somewhat lost however don’t be anxious on the grounds that we will attempt to answer every one of your inquiries through this article which will permit you, toward the finish of his perusing, To pick your skateboard regardless of the possibility that you are an apprentice.
Tips for choosing your skateboard
In order to have a skateboard (also called board or deck) that suits you perfectly, you have to pay attention to several criteria. The first being the size (width) of your board. An important point that will allow you to be more or less comfortable with your skateboard. Different sizes exist but it will be up to you to find your ideal size that best suits your requirements.
Also note that according to the skate you will practice (walk, skatepark, bowl or street), the recommended board sizes will not be the same.
Before telling you more about how to choose your skateboard, we suggest you explain how a skateboard is built.
It should be noted that generally a board is made from Canadian wood and more specifically from maple wood that is known to have the advantage of being both very resistant but still flexible enough. Ideally, the board should not have any knots, as this will distort its behavior or reduce its impact resistance.
There are also skateboard boards made from different materials such as, for example, carbon fiber.
What type of board should you get?
One sure thing is “FORGET CHEAP DECKS“. You don’t want to be in a scenario where you have just made your first ollie and you break your skateboard into two pieces. So, if you want to find great deals, don’t buy a board made up of cheap wood. Nevertheless, if you want a good experience for your first board, stay with the decks that are made of multi layer wood or hard artificial materials (see the description below).
The most common material for a deck is plywood. It is a stack of sliced wood glued together. In the skateboarding world you will here “Ply” many times. This actually refers to the number of wood layers to form the board. For instance, if you see 7 ply, this means the board is build with 7 wood layers. As a beginner, stay with a 7-ply. It is light but strong enough for you to practice. It has the best weight flexibility ratio.
By the way, keep in mind that the more layers you will have, the more stronger the board will be but it can also make it heavier.
Nowadays, you also have other choices of materials for your board. You can find decks that are made up of carbon fiber, aluminum, fiberglass, plexiglass, kevlar and many other artificial materials. These materials are really hard which means you will lose flexibility. Also, some of these materials will make your board heavier and will suit more advanced rider.
What board size is for you?
This is the most important point to consider when buying a skateboard. As a beginner we would advise you to for an 8inch deck. Because it is nor too skinny or too wide.Of course when you are getting used to skateboarding you will need a more specific skateboard that matches your height and your foot size.
It will be according to your experience that you will see what skate size will match your skateboarding style. For instance, the logic would say that a 6ft+ skateboarder would need an 8,25 deck but based on his experience he may go for a 7,75 deck.
For now, go for an 8inch deck witch is more standard and you will figure out later what matches you.
What deck style are you looking for?
There are four skateboard style you need to know. All these boards has their own purposes and are meant to be used for a specific skating style. So, keep in mind that you need to choose the right board for each usage.
Here are the four deck style and their usage:
- Cruiser: It is a mid length deck that is meant to be used to cruise around. Basically this board have kick-tails to make your ride easy.
- Longboard: Symmetrical board with low ground clearance, large wheels and long body. These boards are used for cruising around as well but they are the best for downhill rides. These boards are more stable and they are the best if you are willing to ride at a high speed.
- Shortboard: As it’s name says this is the short deck version. This will be used to perform air tricks. If you are looking for a deck to perform tricks and used in a skate park this is the deck you will need to have.
- Old School: This is the flat nose board with kick-tail. The shape of this board is asymmetric and it has a wide nose. If you are willing to go on ramps and skating pools you better use this deck style.
What truck should you put on your board?
Truck is the t-shaped piece under your board. This part makes sure that your deck and your wheels are well attached together. For a safe and good skating experience you need the proper truck for your board. It is composed of 5 different parts:
- Axle: part to attach your wheels.
- Hanger: Triangle metal that supports the axle.
- Kingpin: Secures and fixes the trucks part together.
- Bushings: Soft rings that allows the board to turn.
- Base-plate: Fix your truck with your deck.
What you will need to consider when choosing your truck is the axle width. You need to make sure that the width of your board is as same as this one.
What about wheels and other parts of the board?
As a beginner, you will not bother yourself choosing the right bearing or more detailed stuff. You will need to keep with the standard setup. Here are what you will need to have:
- Wheel durometer: 96a – 99a
- Wheel contact patch: Square for “longboard” and Rounded for other deck style
- Bearings: ABEC 5
- Grip: 9×33 inch for shortboards and 12″x4′ for longboards