Guide to Different Skateboard Shapes
A skateboard is made up of some important parts, but one part of obvious importance is the deck. The deck is the flat surface that you stand on when skateboarding. They come in different sizes, materials and shape and will determine what you can do on your skate.
The shapes of skateboards are differentiated by the curve that runs from the deck’s nose and tail. This curve is also known as the concave and is an essential element in skateboarding performance. The standard concave shapes include:
Radial Concave: This is a highly preferred shape among skaters. It has a subtle U-shaped curve and gives your feet a better grip, which is essential in almost all skateboarding styles.
Flat-cave/ Tub Concave: It is almost similar to the radial board but rather than having a smooth curve, it has rails extending at a sharp angle from the deck. This skateboard shape keeps your feet flatter and allows for a smoother ride while the sharp rails still allow for sudden changes in force.
Convex: This skateboard shape is not very common, although it is preferred by some downhill and slalom skateboarders who love the feel of natural foot placement the shape provides. The deck in convex boards has an upward-arching deck.
Progressive: Although a little dramatic, this shape is more similar to the radial concave. It has an abrupt wall on the rail which is combined with a wider base to allow for a more secure footing.
W-Concave: This skateboard shape has an ultra curve in the center-line that lets you shift more force from the heel to the toe and has the W-shape extend just towards the tail. This shape makes the board very responsive, allowing for quick turns.
Asymmetrical: The rails of the skate are raised at two varying angles. This gives the rider more control in their heels for effortless turns. It is common among skaters that love to change skating styles quickly.