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Skateboards: The basic guide to getting started

The Skate board, deck in English, is the most important thing when riding a skateboard. The range offered by skateboard manufacturers is incredibly wide. There are many types of measurements, shapes, curves, and graphic designs.

In the following article we will talk about the importance of choosing a suitable skateboard and some general concepts to take into account. We will also review the construction technologies and materials as well as the different parts, measurements and shapes of the boards.

Choose a Suitable Table and Move it Away from the Water

Once you decide to build your own board there are several issues to consider. Choosing the size is the first of all. But choosing the shape is also super important. The width, height, materials and concavity will determine the possibilities of the skate. To do Street or Vert, the ideal is a shortboard, not a longboard or a cruiser. If you want to do tricks, a shortboard is also the best option for beginners and experts.

The board is spoiled with use and you will have to change it when you see that the wood is opening or when it becomes “stiff”. You can hit it against the ground to check its status according to the sound and the feeling that the vibration of the blow gives you, like watermelons.

Depending on the quality of manufacture and the use you give the skateboard, the board will last a few weeks, a few months or a few years. Water and very sudden temperature changes can also deform it prematurely and the wheels become uneven. A board in good condition helps you skate better so we recommend that you change boards when you see that your skate loses its "pop".

At Loco Rider we have the craziest catalog of skateboards you'll find online. All the shapes, measurements, sizes, colors and graphics you can imagine.

Layer by Layer. Materials and Technologies for Construction of Skateboards

Throughout time there have been many technologies and materials for building skateboards. At first there were solid wooden boards. Currently the most widespread manufacture is the Maple laminate construction. They are normally made by pressing seven (and up to nine) thin sheets of wood, 1/16 "thick, smeared with a special adhesive and placed one on top of the other" against the grain. " This way it is more resistant than if they were made in one piece.

Canadian maple ( Acer saccharum ) wood , the one from the Canadian flag leaf, is often used . It is best for its flexibility, its toughness and its ability to conform to a shape without losing its natural strength. The further north the tree grows, the harder its wood will be because the growth rings are closer together. Board manufacturers tend to choose certified wood from responsibly managed and replanted forests. Each adult tree "gives us" between 50 and 70 skateboards. Make yours worthwhile.

Other materials that can be used are bamboo, carbon fiber, or various types of plastics and resins. We invite you to visit our article in which we delve into the different constructions and technologies in skateboards.

The Size of the Skateboards. What Measure do I Need?

The foot size, height, weight and wingspan will determine your decision when choosing a skateboard since it has to support your weight in addition to the impacts. The size, width and shape of each skateboard are designed to meet the characteristics of a rider, both skating style and size. You have to make sure of the manufacturer's indications before choosing a board to be right and that suits your needs.

To choose your board, the most important thing is the width (width), not the length or the wheelbase (distance between axes). The width of the boards is measured in inches. Remember that 1 inch is 2.54 centimeters. The sizes that we will normally find range from 7.5 "to 8.25". We will choose a size suitable for our height, foot size, skating style and personal preferences.

If the board is too wide it will be more difficult to move it, tricks like the flip are "heavier". If it is too narrow you will have less balance. For the little ones there are special sizes, such as the Mini Size, but most teenagers and adults will want boards from 7.5 ”.

Measurements, Parts and Characteristics of Skate Boards

The different parts and measurements of the skateboards are the nose, the tail, the concave, the width (width), the length (length) and the wheelbase (distance between axles).

Width (width)

It is the key measure when choosing a table. Choose your skateboard based on width, not length. The most commonly used widths usually range from 7.5 ”(19cmm) to 8.5” (21.5cm) or even 9 ”(23.9cm).

The burly riders or who are going to skate vert and ramps use wider boards. Street skaters usually go for the narrower ones. For each style a width is recommended:

The smaller the width, the more manageable the board will be but you will have less stability on top of it. The wider it is, the less agile it will be but we will have a greater balance on top of it. This means that the narrow boards will be more comfortable to do Street and all kinds of floor tricks. On the contrary, the wider ones will come in handy for Half Pipe, ramps, bowls or Skatepark.

The size of our feet also influences the width we choose. It is not the same to wear a 40 and have a 7.75 ”than to wear a 45 on the same board.

Length (Lenght)

It is the measurement from end to end from the nose (nose, front part) to the tail (tail, rear part). Skateboards are usually between 28 ”and 32” long (between 71cm and 81cm).

It is not a determining factor when choosing our skateboard deck. Skaters with an advanced level also look at the length to choose from but in most cases it is enough to focus on the width above all and on the wheelbase (wheelbase) to mount a skate.

Wheelbase (Wheelbase)

It is the distance between the interior mounting holes. It is usually between 13 ”and 15” (between 33cm and 38cm) although the standard measurement is around 14.2 ”(36cm). It determines the spacing between the axles and greatly affects the response and turning radius of the skateboard. Some manufacturers make extra mounting holes in the boards so that the wheelbase can be changed.

It is not a fundamental measure. But when we test different skateboards and take a higher level, we will notice which wheelbase measure is most comfortable for us.

Nose and Tail

The nose (nose) is the front and the tail (tail) the back of skateboards. At first it is difficult to differentiate them. Especially in symmetrical tables. In most models they indicate this with the prints (graphics and drawings) at the bottom. Many boards have the nose angled less and longer than the tail.

There are riders who put a different colored screw on the front axle to “mark the north”, others who make a mark or cut on the sandpaper. And others who don't even need to look at their table because it is just another part of their body!


The concavity is the curved shape that the wood has along the board and affects the rigidity and handling of the board. The concaves on skateboards can be more or less pronounced. The shape of the curve can also vary, especially in longboard boards, and we find many types such as radial, progressive, "w", asymmetric, flat and even convex.

The main thing about the concave is the stiffness it gives the skateboard. In such a way that the higher the concave the stiffer it will be. And more stiffness generally translates to more "pop." The stiffer the board, the higher your ollies will be.

For handling, a flatter board is not the same as a curved one. The concavity will provide more or less traction on the feet. That is, we will have more grip when moving or skidding.

A Skateboard for Every Crazy Rider

In the end there are many factors that count in the decision when choosing our skateboard. Of course, your measurements must fit our style and size. But then we all have our favorite brands, or our collection of fetish boards. Or there is simply a model that drives us crazy.

Riding your own skateboard is part of the fun too. Choose your board, axles, bearings and wheels in Loco Rider and do not hesitate to ask us what you want. We will be happy to resolve the issues.

A very crazy greeting and remember that crazy people open the paths that wise men later walk.