Adults and kids who want to start learning skateboarding always put the same question – “What skateboard size should I get to start training”?
Well to tell you the truth, there is only one person who can tell you about the right size of skateboard for you, be it your starter skateboard or your regular skateboard and that is YOU. Just like suiting up a new pair of shoes, nobody can tell you the right size for your feet because only you knows how your feet feel inside it.
The same questions when buying skateboards are at hand. Are you comfortable riding it? Does the size of your feet exactly fit the width of the board? Do you think the board is too large or too small for your size? These are the questions that will rush into your mind when trying out for a new skateboard. Unfortunately, when checking for skateboards online, you only see their pictures and some of its specs and you only get to ride it once you ordered it and delivered to your home.
This brings us to our next question, how would you know if the skateboard can really fit your size especially your feet? Well, there is only one thing you can do to know this and that is checking the features of the skateboard particularly the board.
Skateboards come in a variety of sizes. There are skateboards designed for kids, for teens, adults and for larger adults. There are also skateboards that are perfect for beginners and those that suit the styles of expert riders.So essentially, the size, design and how you want to use the skateboard is the heart of the matter when choosing the right skateboard size.
So essentially, the size, design and how you want to use the skateboard is the heart of the matter when choosing the right skateboard size.
So let’s begin by going over measurements to make you aware which size can suit you best.
You may notice that we will be strongly emphasizing the dimension and other aspects of the deck/board here because this is where your feet go while you skate. And though the other skateboard parts like wheels and trucks have an effect on your ride, these are mainly tackled if you will be considering the maneuverability, speed and efficiency of your board.
So let’s discuss first the significance of the width:
The width of the deck is measured right in the middle of the board (horizontally) from edge to edge. Commonly, we see decks with 7.5 inches and 8.75 inches wide so these are perfect for those with small feet. If you have large feet you could settle with the 10-inch to 12-inch wide board.
Moreover, your body size (built) also has an influence on your board’s choice of width. If you would like to use your skateboard more for shredding the pool, going off the ramps or do harder plays, go for a slightly wider board for your feet. If you want to do some kickflips, a narrower board would be an ideal choice because this is smaller and thus easy to flick with your feet.
Here is how the width of the deck is measured:
The length of the deck should be measured from the tail to the nose of the board. The usual length of boards falls between 28 inches to 32 inches. Because shorter and narrower boards are best for technical street tricks, longer and wider boards are heavier and therefore more ideal for cruising, basic tricks, simple flipping and other basic plays that beginners would want to practice on. They are also more stable you get to develop your balance quickly with it.
This is how you take the length of the board:
Some parents would like to know what exactly the right width of skateboards for their kids’ age to make them learn skateboarding more easy and safer. Well, here we have a skateboard size chart that we borrowed and corresponds to person’s age, height and shoe size, not feet, actually, because some kids do wear larger shoes.
See how you can easily check the ideal deck width that would be right for your kids as well as for the adults?
You want more specifications?
Check below our guide to see clearly the available sizes of decks/boards for all people.
Ideal board size:
Deck Width – 6.5” to 6.75”
Deck length – 27.2” – 27.6”
Ideal board size:
Deck Width – 7 inches
Deck Length – 28 inches average
Ideal board size:
Deck Width – 7.3 inches
Deck Length – 29 inches average
Ideal board size:
Deck Width – 7.5 inches
Deck Length – 29 inches or more
Note that the height of the rider also has an authority on the size of the decks because physics play an important role on the person’s type of board play. For example, a tall person about 6’2” and would like to do a lot of ollies, ramping and flipping would need a larger skateboard to match his jumping style.
Conversely, a kid with a height of 5’3” who would do the same tricks may also prefer full size decks mostly used by adults to make his landings more secure. This brings us to conclusion that it’s always your personal choice on how you would like to use your skateboard once you pass the beginner’s level.
This video will show you the adult size skateboards.
Going on, aside from the width and length of the deck, you also must consider the other features of the deck like the wheelbase, nose, tail and curve of the board to gain that exact balance as you ride. Even with a proper length and width but with these features not suitable to your size and skating style, you may not easily master the full essence of your board.
This is the distance between the last two holes found at the underside of the deck and in which the truck is mounted. These are usually 13 to 15 inches apart so if you will be picking up a board, you have a choice for the wheelbase distance depending on your height and preference.
Most tall people are more comfortable with boards that have wider wheelbase to help them widen their feet position. If you want a more flippable board, however, a closer wheelbase would be fine because that makes up for a larger room for the nose and tail for you to pop up more freely.
This is how you measure the wheelbase-
This is the front end of the board/deck. On most classic types of boards, this is more flat, rounder, thicker and longer than the tail. You use the nose when sliding up your foot towards the front when doing the ollie (flipping) and in catching the board when landing.
The tail is basically the back end of your board and it is usually thinner and shorter than the nose. This is where usually the kicktail is and you use the kicktail when popping the board during jumping, ramping, turning, braking and all around flipping.
You can read how the nose and tail differs in their features right here.
Concaveness is more about the groove of the board’s surface or the curves that goes inward and towards the length of the board. This feature provides the rider better control and flexibly with added stability for their feet. Flat boards are said to be better for beginners but concave boards offer more flexibilities.
Now let’s talk more about the construction of the deck. If you ask, why the need to discuss the construction of the deck, it’s because what makes up the deck also has an effect on the efficiency and durability of the deck and this is a crucial especially if you are buying your skateboard for the first time.
Put it simply, even you have the right deck size but your skateboard is totally heavy, it would be hard for you to learn skateboarding quickly and will be hard for you to practice even the basic tricks. Today, there are three common materials that skateboard manufacturers use for their boards and these are wood, bamboo and plastics.
Skateboards made of wood like maple are cheaper. It is very light, very pliable and if it has more wood layers that are reinforced by quality resin glue, this can last a long time. You can do a lot of tricks with wood board because of its light construction. Maple is also very pliable. It can bend a little with too much force but goes back to its shape once pressure is released. However, you can easily break a wooden skateboard if you constantly use it on jumping high rails and it will literally break if you jump right in the middle of it. Wood is also highly vulnerable to moisture and leaving it under the rain is like wrecking it with nature.
Bamboo is lighter than the maple wood and more resistant to moisture. So in terms of durability, a pure bamboo board can last longer than a wooden board. You just cannot break a deck made of pure layered bamboo because it is highly flexible and also goes back to its shape once you get out of the board. However, there are not much boards that you can find in the market that are made of pure bamboo because bamboo is not as readily available like maple. In this case, skateboard manufacturers only integrate bamboo on wood decks for added flexibility, durability and for water resistance.
The best thing that a plastic board can give you is its indestructible features. Regardless of how heavy you are, you cannot literally break a plastic skateboard though maybe its hardware underneath it can break. Plastic boards are highly flexible and they come in a variety of colors and are totally waterproof you can skate in the rain with it. Yet, plastic boards can bend with too much force and can warp under very hot weather.
Moreover, any type of skateboard, be it made with maple, bamboo or plastic, these can last good years of use if you properly maintain them and use them accordingly. Plus, if you install quality gears with them, they will give you the best performance you deserve. Don’t treat your skateboards like indestructible tools just to keep your adrenaline going unless of course you have to money to buy another deck that can satisfy your type of play.
Now that you have an idea on what size of skateboard that would suit your size, if you are a beginner, it would be better to buy a preassembled skateboard first.
These skateboards have the complete hardware installed and you can use them right from the box.
All the parts like the trucks, wheels and anything that are attached to them were particularly selected to match the size of the deck.
Once you already know how to skate and do the ollie, then perhaps you would want to pursue assembling your own skateboard. Don’t forget to choose only the best skateboard brands or the best skateboard for beginners when buying because a good brand always spells quality and durability and you would not want to end up with cheap, low-class skateboards.
So anytime you need directions on what skateboard size would be better for you or perhaps for your kids, just go back to this guide. Everything here was completely researched over.