Playing a mini longboard or skateboard is fun for young people. Especially if you want to channel energy positively. But before buying your first skateboard, you need to know the right type of board. To determine which skateboard suits your needs, consider the following:
1. Choose the right store
It’s important to pay attention to the credibility and reputation of the local skateboard shop that is near where you live. If you are still confused, ask the store employee about products that are suitable for beginners. You might come across various types of skateboard wood, such as bamboo, wood, plastic, or fiberglass. Bamboo is a good material choice because of its relatively lightweight.
2. Type of skateboard
It depends on what skateboard you want. For example, the street (street) or transition. You must choose a size that benefits your expertise. There are two types of skateboards. First is longboards with a long deck to glide on the road.
The second is shorter boards or skateboards with a shorter size for playing in the bowl/park arena or pool specifically designed for skateboarding. A shorter type of skateboard will make it easier for players to do tricks on jumping, gliding on a downhill track, or other tricks.
3. Decks with varying sizes
If you want to use a skateboard to skate, for example, from home to school, you can choose a deck size of 7.5-8 inches. But if you focus more on playing in the pool arena, or arena skateboarding that looks like a swimming pool; or park, you can start a deck that is over 8 inches.
4. Wheels are more responsive for sliding
Street skating wheels are generally smaller than bowl/park wheels. This design is specifically designed to make the skateboard lighter and more responsive, making it easier to flip.
The default size of the skateboard wheels for the road is made in 49-52 millimeters. The greater the size of the wheels will affect the speed of driving, while for vert skating you can look for wheels measuring 54-60 mm. This type of wheel can tread more on various surface areas.
5. Trucks that match the deck
To determine the size of the truck, you can refer to the size of the deck. Make sure the shaft length matches the width of the deck. In short, when the truck is mounted, it can provide good stability when sliding. Not too bulging out or too big. If you want to align trucks and decks, use a standard 8-inch size with 149 truck sizes.
6. The right shape
For beginners, conventional board forms are recommended that make it easy to understand and apply a variety of basic tricks. Some beginner skaters find it easier to flip the board if there is a hollow between the nose and tail, which is slightly curved to the side. They are easier to do tricks with the characteristics of such boards.
7. Personal design
Apart from the functions and features, skateboards can also be a means for creativity. Drawings or skateboard designs are now very much on the market. Artists and skateboard makers deliberately design skateboards with color designs and motifs to suit tastes.
Continue to try boards and skateboards with different new shapes, until finally, you can find the perfect skateboard according to your style.