What up Skateboarders!
Once I again I would like to share another beginner guide on the different types of skateboards. There is a huge stock of skateboards out there and chances that beginners can feel confused about choosing one.
Don’t worry! I will guide you through all of the common skateboard types and their unique features. Just keep in mind that the best skateboard is the one can match with your style and purpose.
Let’s jump into it now!
1. Mini / small skateboards:
As the name might give out hints to you, these skateboards are great for young children and kids. The decks are usually from 6.5 inches to 7 inches in width, and the length can be varied.
What is great about these skateboards that they are easy for the kids to learn. The deck can be either wood or plastic. Other components such as bearings and trucks are either aluminum or steel.
The special features of this type are greater durability, ultra-lightweight and colorful. As these skateboards are designed for children, many manufacturers really fine tune these top features to ensure both safety and variety.
You can come across these brands as they offer lots of diverse skateboards such as Penny, Xtreme Free, Rimable, Merkapa Skateboards, and more. The designs of these brands are beautiful and attractive to the children’s eyes.
The main purpose here is to help small kids starting to learn about skateboarding. Giving them lots of fun, while withstanding lots of damage and external forces. Since certain kids can really misbehave with their skateboards, the plastic and tough wooden deck are necessary.
The deck design can be either flat or concave shape. Most of the mini skateboards have a noticeable tail and round head for easy recognition. The wheels are made of polyurethane or other plastic materials.
This helps with the extra bounces and smooth cruising experience. The only downside I can see from here is that you can’t perform advanced skateboarding tricks or reaching top speed.
The rest is pretty satisfying for me!
Here are some sample of the mini or small skateboards:
They are great for your children to learn about balancing on the board first. It is also ideal to let them cruising to school daily. Most cases are, children are going to skate along with their friends.
I have seen some 5-8 years old performing Olie and basic flip tricks. These skateboards definitely lay out a strong foundation for future developments. They can both learn complex tricks later on in their teenage years and also can improve their social skills with friends.
I highly recommend this type of skateboard for your children!
2. Street / freestyle skateboards:
Now we come to the most important type of skateboard!
The street or freestyle skateboards are the main types that get sold the most in the market. Due to their nature, this type can handle both basic and complex tricks. It is also suitable for both teenagers and adults.
The deck size is usually around 7 inches to 8.5 inches in width. The length is also dependent on the manufacturer’s structure. This type of skateboard mainly has concave designs with the following shapes: (Courtesy of warehouseskateboard.com)
The radial concave is quite common in the market. It helps you to feel secure and have a better grip on the deck. This design is flexible to adapt and learn with all kinds of tricks
The progressive concave can be easily mistaken for its brother, radial design. This one though helps you to have even more secure positioning. Your feet can easily locked-in with the deck and have better control.
The W-concave is easier to recognize with its W shape. This design provides the curves instead of locked-in to much, it is more efficient to shift your feet power to the deck. People prefer this design for advanced tricks that require perfect precision and enough forces for turns, flips, etc.
The flat came design, in my opinion, is rather uncommon in the market. Since it is a mix between the radial and W-concave designs. The flat surface gives your feet more rooms to stand, and it also works well in shifting your feet’s power to the deck.
The asymmetric concave is also quite unusual with the skateboard rails raising at a different angle. It gives your heels more power to perform specific tricks or quick turns.
Lastly, also very common in the past, is the flat concave. It provides lots of space for your feet, especially those with big feet. However, it is more for sidewalk cruising and some basic tricks. Not performing well with difficult tricks though.
As for the brands, there are plenty and famous names for this type. You might hear about Santa Cruz, Elements, Baker, Real, Powell Peralta, etc. Due to this type’s versability, most professionals pick street skateboards for their competition and showing off their freestyles.
Here are some examples for you to feast your eyes!
3. Longboards / Downhill / Cruising skateboards:
Ok, this time we are talking about the big boys here!
The longboard type is mainly famous for its high speed. These longboards, downhill or cruising skateboards have the length more than 30 inches and the width is around 7 to 8 inches.
As the name infers, this type of skateboard is for carving, sliding, cruising and downhill skating. These longboards can reach top speed very quick even on rough surfaces such as street, gaps, rugged roads, etc.
As you can see from the picture below, the deck shapes are uniquely different!
There is a great variety in the longboards shape here. Since they are not constraint by complex tricks, manufacturers have their creative touch on certain deck shapes that can get to top-speed easily.
Certain skateboarders find it entertaining and exciting to skate in high-speed. It helps to push your body limit and raising adrenaline. Though you can’t do lots of sick flips or aerial styles, you got racing and quick time actions in returns.
However, don’t fixate your mind into top speed for longboards. Most of the time, I see people utilize longboards as a mean of transportation. Children can skate longboards to school just fine, as well as adults skating to work too.
Sometimes, people like to hang out while skating around the neighborhood. I think longboard type is more relaxing and enjoying the cruising experience.
4. Motorized / Electric skateboards:
Last but not least, we have ourself the motorized or electric skateboards.
Similar to longboards, electric skateboards are mainly used for transportation. However, this time, you won’t sweat a bit. This type of skateboard has motors built-in under its deck and connect to the wheels.
The average speed is fine for me which is around 22-26 mph. They are efficient in term of energy usage. You will have a handheld controller to adjust the speed. As for turning, you can lean a bit on one side to turn around corners.
This type provides a mix between your convenience and the feeling of skateboarding outside. You don’t need a license for skating on the sidewalk, and it is relatively safe. Therefore, with this nature, you usually see the electric skateboards in the urban street.
Pretty neat to avoid traffic jams while still enjoy the fresh air and cool winds.
That is it, for now, thank you for reading till the end. Don’t hesitate to check out these skateboard types before buying. I believe they all worth your time and effort. You just need to be sure what goal you would enjoy the most for skateboarding.
I wish you have fun out there!