Guide to The types of Skateboards
The size and the shape of the board are defined by its purpose.
The most important particular elements of a skateboard deck, apart from the two mentioned, are a concave(the dent starting on the upper part of a board, close to the nose), kicks(the nose and the tail, the bent ends of the board, designed to enable doing tricks), and a pop(a term that stands for the responsiveness and the performance level of the board in general, which depends on the various parts of the board’s design, as well as the elements of a crafting process).
Even though there are numerous examples of the innovative design of the specific details, the basic types of skateboards can be broken down into the several sections:
1) Shortboards or the small boards, which are the lightest and the smallest in size(apart from the children’s decks, the so-called mini and micro boards). Designed mainly for performing tricks, these boards are not intended for cruising.
2) Cruiser boards, are the all-around boards. Although intended for cruising(and not exclusively for doing tricks), besides from their enhanced manoeuvring properties, they often come with the tail.
3 Longboards are larger and faster than other decks. Not being suitable for doing tricks, largely due to their mass, which makes them significantly harder to flip, these boards are mainly used for cruising and transportation.
4) Old school boards. Appeared in the late 70’s, and used on a large scale throughout the 80’s, are the retro-looking asymmetrical boards, mostly coming with a flat nose and a tail kick. Stable and fast, because of their width, these days they are mainly used by the older generations of skaters.
Besides from these, there are many types of skateboards that differ in some details, and are designed to suit some particular purpose, such as the slalom board, the freestyle board, the pool board, or the wave board.