Skate 101: How to Choose Skateboard

Choosing a Skateboard Deck

Skateboards come in many different sizes and when building a skateboard complete, you’ll come across many customization options. Width, length, and the material of the board are some features that will develop your decision-making process. The most important thing to consider is the width of your skateboard.

Despite what industry-myths might say about skateboards, the width of the board triumphs over the color or graphics. If you're just starting out, the style and looks are the last thing you should focus on.

Generally sold separately, A skateboard deck is the flat part of a complete skateboard. And Depending on how often you skate, you’ll likely be replacing it often so it’s crucial to determine the right size skateboard from the start.

What size skateboard do I need?

The right width for you is determined by your height and shoe size. So skateboards that are designed for older riders won’t be as suitable for children. Skateboards typically vary between 7.5’’ and 8.5’’. If you choose a board too wide, you will need to put more effort which will make trick riding harder. Your balance and stability will be limited if you choose a board too narrow.

You can follow the guidelines below designed by Warehouse Skateboards to see which size will best suit you.

Warehouse Skateboards breaks down the sizes according to your height and shoes size.BUY A SKATEBOARD

What size skateboard fits my skating style?

The width of your skateboard also is determined by your skating style preference. Here we breakdown board size by riding skills.

7.5" to 8" - Most common board size for street and park skating. 8.0" to 8.25" - A wider style board. It's perfect for skating pools, ramp, rails, and skate parks 8.25" and larger - These sizes are best for Vert, pools, or just cruising.”

Our Professional Skate Team is very diverse. Half of them skate street style and the other half skate pools and ramps. The skaters that spend the most time on street-type obstacle enjoy a board size 8.0’’-8.25’’ with the exception of a few who are taller. They typically ride size 8.5’’.

The other half of our team skate ramps and pools. They strictly ride size 8.4”-8.5” as it provides the best stability for bowls, pools, and big ramp riding.

4 Different Styles of Skateboards

There are many different styles of skateboards to choose from. It’s best to familiarize yourself with them before buying your first skateboard. You should keep in mind the sizing guidelines and the type of skating you’ll be doing.

Short boards

These skateboards are designed and manufactured for doing tricks and big airs. This is the perfect style board if you’re getting into street skating or skate parks. Check out our Top selling Short boards.


Cruiser boards

A Cruiser board is perfect for short trips from point A to point B. Wider and shorter than short boards, cruiser boards are designed for coasting the streets. Even though they have a kick tail, they are not for performing tricks, but are still easy to maneuver. They’re perfect for getting around school campus and the local shopping mall. Shop our Cruiser board selections.


Old School boards

Old schools boards come in awesome asymmetrical shapes that are a perfect choice for pool skating and cruising the streets. They are usually flatter with a kick tail, short nose, and nostalgic graphics which cater to skateboarders from the late ‘80s. Welcome Skateboards do a great job experimenting with these shapes. Check out our Old School boards selections in store.


Long boards

If you’re not interested in doing tricks, but want to skate downhill terrain and avoid the nuisance of speed wobbles then Long Boards are an excellent alternative. They are longer and wider than short boards and depending on the brand will feature different concave than their short board counterparts.Sector 9 leads the industry with their high quality long boards designed and manufactured in San Diego, Ca.[/caption]


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