If you are new to skateboarding and perhaps just taking the sport up, you may be baffled with the array of skateboards that are available on the market. You may just opt for a board your friend has or you have seen on TV, but this could lead to an expensive mistake and the purchase of something that is not suited to you.
You really have to decide what kind of skateboarding you want to participate in and then look for a suitable board. To help you out with your decisions, we have listed the most common boards found on today’s market.
1980s Old School
Skateboarding originated and grew in the 1980s, and the original boards were heavy with large deck-like designs. The width of the board is large, about nine inches, and finishes at a square tail. These old school boards are heavy, large and have soft setups, with wider tracks that match the large deck. These boards were definitely not made for flipping.
These types of boards are often called popsicles because over a period of time they have developed the same look. As tricks in the street and parks developed, so did the boards and their cost.
These costly skateboards are good for all types of boarding, they normally are three feet or so in length and with a width between seven and a half to just under nine inches. Surprisingly, these boards have smaller but tougher wheels compared to the old school brands.
The most defining feature of cruiserboards is the tail, and really, they are designed for getting to places as fast as possible. Unlike most boards, there is no kick nose, but they are roughly the same length as streetboards, if slightly wider. Another interesting characteristic of a cruiserboard are the large wheels that are ideal for travelling at speed and provide good stability.
The development of the longboard was thought to replicate snowboards of the 1990s, and their shape confirms this. But as time progressed, slicker and more defined longboards hit the market. The top-mount longboard can achieve stunning speeds downhill and is the most stable board for doing so.
Other versions of the long board are now available, such as the drop-down deck and the drop-through deck. These versions bring the board closer to the ground which gives greater stability; and a pintail longboard is an excellent choice for a beginner.
Shortboards are almost the opposite of the longboard in the respect of they are not for novice boarders. A short board is for an experienced boarder who loves doing tricks. They are shaped purposely to get air under the board so tricks are easier, these boards are ideal for street skating and generally mucking about and having fun.
Bear in mind that all these boards come in different designs and sizes, but it is noteworthy to remember that often the deck will display what the manufacturer has designed the board to be used at. Experiment with friend’s boards before opting which one is best for you, and then enjoy your time skateboarding.