Choosing the right sized skateboard or longboard does not have to be confusing – first decide which actual type of board you would prefer! Full-size, mid-size, mini, mico?
Here is a rough guideline. Sizes may vary depending on where you purchase your board.
- Full size – Deck 7.5″ or longer. Recommended for skaters over 13 years – Shoe size 9 and up.
- Mid size – Deck width 7.3″. Best for skaters 9 – 12 years old – Shoes size 7 – 8
- Mini – Deck width 7.0″. Best for skaters 6 -8 years old -Shoes size 4 – 6
- Micro – Deck with 6.5″. Recommended for skaters 5 years and under – Shoes size 3 or smaller
- Now make sure that your feet feel comfortable standing on the board.
Most people prefer to stand in a regular stance. A regular stance is when you stand on the skateboard or longboard with your left foot forward. If you happen to be left-handed, you will probably then have your right leg forward.
What does ‘Longboard size’ actually mean?
The Longboard size is the size of the platform that you stand on – this is called ‘the deck’. Width and length are the measurements that are usually used. Decks that have a width range from 7″ to 10″ are suitable for most riders.
- Short skateboards are usually between 6″ to 8.5″
- Longboards usually start from 50″ and upwards
- Widths are between 6″ to 8.5″
Why the right size longboard is important…
The right size longboard is important depending on what you have in mind – Just cruising? Doing tricks and daring stunts? Heading downhill at top speed?
The correct sized board will assist you to preform skater tricks and try out great manoeuvres. You’ll be able to preform your skating goals really easily and in a controlled way when you have the right sized board under your feet – and of course you’ll be able to regulate your speed.
Here’s a video from Mr. Extremein explaining how to choose your board…
So, what do you think are the most important things to look out for when choosing the correct sized skate or longboard?
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