Selecting the most appropriate Skateboard and Size

Selecting the most appropriate Skateboard and Size

Unfortunately, many first-time skateboarders choose the wrong size skateboard. A huge number of size and shape options await the standard beginner. With so many options, it may be confusing. However with proper education, skaters can purchase boards that are great for their skating style along with the size. 

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Skateboard sizes are measured by their width. A 7.5� skateboard may run any where from 28�-32� long. While not on board, the gap is every bit important. A longer board could be more hard to maneuver and do a little tricks on. The exact length required is dependent upon the perception of skating and height and width of the skateboarder.

Skateboards are certainly not like skis or snowboards. A new beginner doesn�t enter a skate shop to be measured and sized. The sizing structure also is dependent upon preference. Many skaters of similar sizes and styles will argue for various sizes.

 The most frequent skateboard for street skating has been the �popsicle shape� considering that the 1990�s. This is often a symmetrical board with all the nose of the board appearing just like the tail. Prior on the 1990�s, street skateboards were non-symmetrical and also the tail from the board was more pronounced.

Skateboard shapes have changed as the types of tricks changed. The rise in popularity of nollie and switch tricks has exploded since the introduction of the �popsicle� board.

Here are a couple recommendations based away from ages and designs:

<b>Height Style Width Size Length</B>
<5� Street 6.5�-7.4� 26�-30�
<5� Cruising 6.75�-7.65� 27�-31�
5�-5�5� Street 7.4�-7.75� 28�-31.75�
5�-5�5� Cruising 7.5�-8.10� 29�-32.75�
5�5�+ Street 7.5�-8.15� 30�-32.75�
5�5�+ Cruising 7.75�-9.5� 31�-33.5�

The above recommendations are for traditional street boards. Longboards provide better experience for those looking to cruise down hills. Longboards typically run 8.75-10� wide and 35�-50� long.

<b>Video Explanation:</b>

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This post was published by <a href="" target="new">Go Skate</a>. A skateboard school that teaches basic skateboarding and longboarding.

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