Kemper Skateboards | 89/90 | Skateboard DeckBy Kemper
How should I buy a skateboard, anyway?
As you probably can tell, we have a LOT of skateboards to offer on the site. That’s awesome, if you already know what you’re looking for, but what if you just don’t? Been riding the same set-up forever or buying a skateboard for your son, daughter or significant other? We’ve got you covered with some simple tips on what to buy.
There are a number of components that you NEED to have a complete skateboard setup. They are: Deck, Trucks, Wheels, Bearings, Hardware, Griptape, and Risers (optional).
The deck of the skateboard is the (typically) wooden part that a skater stands on to navigate the skateboard. The deck may or may not make contact with the ground, depending on what style of skateboarding the skater pursues. Choosing the size of your deck is the perfect place to start when deciding what you need in a complete skateboard.
The most important trait of the skateboard deck in our decision is actually its width. Most skateboard decks (shortboard – if looking for a longboard or cruiser deck we have that version COMING SOON) have consistent dimensions for wheel base and length, but width dictates how your feet will “fit” the board and how much control you can have over it.
If the rider is shorter than 4’5”, a 7.0”-wide deck will do just great.
If the rider is between 4’5” and 5’3”, a 7.25”- or 7.30”-wide deck is what you’re looking for.
If the rider is taller than 5’3”, you’ll be looking at 7.5”-wide decks and larger.
For more detail on that:
8.0” decks are best for technical street skating. Typically, it is easier to do flip tricks and maneuvers when the deck has less surface area for the skater’s feet. Try a smaller size for a quicker flip! 8.25” decks are better for skating at higher speeds but while still doing semi-technical tricks. If you’re looking to ride pools, ramps, street, AND parks, this might be closer to your ideal size. 8.5”+ decks are typically reserved for much higher-speed skating or simply for better stability. If the skater would like to ride large pools & vert ramps, this (or even larger) is a good option. Also, much wider boards are great for just cruising around. If your wheels won’t be leaving the ground anytime soon, go for a wide deck!
REMEMBER: Everyone’s preference is different, so experiment with different sizes and shapes! For faster riding and/or larger bodies, go wider. For younger skaters and/or much more technical skating, go with a more narrow shape.
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