A CLOSER LOOK: THE DECK!

June 5, 2011

A CLOSER LOOK

The deck is the wooden platform that you stand on. Although you might think all skateboard decks look the same, they’re not. They come in many different shapes and sizes.  Here are some things to consider when looking for a new board.

  1. SIZE: Decks are measured by width and length. A standard size is about 32 inches long and between 7.5 and 8.5 inches wide. When shopping for a new one, you only really need to focus on the width. For the most part, any deck between 7.5 and 8.5 wide will almost always measure around 32 inches in length. Once you drop below 7.5 in width you will more than likely belooking at a shorter board. Go above 8.5 in width and you’ll be looking a longer one. Here is a beginners guide to follow for those just getting started in the skateboard world. Remember though that this is just somewhere to start.

    DECK SIZING CHART (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

  2. CONCAVE: Most skateboard decks are not flat. They have what’s called concave. Which is the “dish” or “slope” of the board from one side to the other. The degree of concave will be different on just about every board, that’s why most skaters when shopping for a new one like to stand on it before the buy it. By doing that they can feel the concave of the board and see if it feels right. There is no right or wrong concave. It’s all preference.

    SHOWING CONCAVE

  3. BRAND: For the most part brand name is all preference as well. As long as you are shopping at a legitimate skate shop, I wouldn’t worry to much about it. Some people hate what others love.

As you can see, skateboard decks are not all the same. That’s what’s fun about getting a new board!!

As always….THANKS FOR READING and HAPPY SKATEBOARDING!

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