Skateboard Size Guide
Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been skateboarding your entire life, it’s important to make sure that you’re using the right skateboard for the best performance possible. Skateboards come in many different shapes, sizes, colours, weights, and even materials. You can choose from bamboo, resin, 7-ply wood, plastic, or carbon fibre, whichever catches your fancy. It can be a little confusing and overwhelming. This guide will help you figure out what skateboard size is right for you and what will work the best.
The size of your skateboard is dependent on a few things. Your height and age being two of them. For children, skateboards with smaller decks work the best. Another factor is what kind of skateboarding that you do or want to do. Skateboarding on the streets uses a different type than competitive skateboarding.
There are four different sizes of boards. Micro, mini, mid-sized, and full-sized. Full sized boards are ideal for most skateboarders age 13 and up, heights 5’3” and up, or shoe sizes 9 and up. Mid-sized are good for 9-12-year-old, heights between 4’5” and 5’2”, and size 7-9 shoes.
Mini and micro skateboards are for children of 8 years and younger, heights under 4’4” and size 4-6 shoes. These four options are relatively straightforward and should be an easy choice to start off your search. Another area to look at is how you’re going to be using the skateboard if it’s a full-sized one. This is where knowing how you’re going to be using the skateboard comes in. The smallest ones, from 7.5” to 8” are usually best for street skateboarding and technical tricks. From 8” to 8.25” is standard for skating pools and parks. Lastly, the skateboards that are 8.25” and up are suitable for pools, cruising, or just plain taking it old school.
When you choose your bamboo or plastic skateboard deck, make sure to keep these things in mind as you delve further into the process. This guide should help push you in the right direction at the very least.