Skateboard Decks – How to choose the right skate deck

Arguably the most important part of a skateboard is the deck, the piece of wood that you stand on, kick, slide, rub, grind and slam into all sorts of surfaces. Don’t believe it? Grab a new deck or dismantle your complete skateboard until you have nothing but the deck. Stand on it. Ollie on it. Try a kickflip, a heelflip, or a pop-shove-it. Could you do it? Of course you could. Now try the same routine with just trucks, or wheels or any other component of a skateboard, end of argument.

So now that we’ve established the importance of the skateboard deck it’s also worth mentioning that the deck makes up most of the bulk volume of your skateboard, meaning that it’s what you and others will notice. Choose deck graphics that will make a visual statement.

Skateboard decks come in a variety of sizes, wide, narrow, long, short. A somewhat general way of choosing the right size is; wider decks for bigger feet and vert skating. Thinner decks can be controlled easier for spins, kickflips and other street skating tricks. Ask a friend if you can skate his deck, then another, try skating boards of different lengths and widths to see what you are comfortable with.

To complicate things even more, decks come with a variety of concaves (the curvature of the board lengthwise which produces a sort of “lip” on each edge). Concave can vary between brands and skateboard deck models. Again, the best way to find the right size and concave for you is to try out a few different models.

Once you find the best skateboard deck for you, ride it to the ground! Then get another.

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