Are you ready to get started with skateboarding but are confused about skateboard sizes?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered!
Boardom is here to walk you through the best skateboard size to suit your individual needs and riding styles.
Body Height and Weight
Before you start worrying about skateboard dimensions, it’s important to take your height and weight into consideration when choosing a new board.
Taller adults, for instance, should opt for longer boards while younger and shorter rides can choose “minis” that are shorter in length.
Most street skateboard decks are similar in length but you need to pay attention to the width because even small differences in size, like a ¼ inch, can make a huge difference.
To give you an idea of how your height and weight factor into choosing the best skateboard size, here are some sizes you should consider:
- 4ft 6 or shorter: 7.25” to 7.75” board size
- 4ft 6 to 5ft 6: 7.75” to 8.00” board size
- 5ft 6 or taller: 8.00” to 8.50” board size
While skateboarding is for people of all sizes, your weight will determine how easily you can control your board and what size you should purchase (especially when it comes to younger riders):
- Micro (6.5” to 6.75”): 45lbs and under
- Mini (7.00” to 7.50”): 46lbs to 59lbs
- Mid-Size (7.50” to 8.00”): 60lbs to 101 lbs
- Full Size (8.00” to 8.50”): 102lbs to 152 lbs
- Full Size (8.50” and up): 153lbs and over
We know these numbers can be confusing at first, so let’s break it down and look at skateboard sizes by length, width, shape, and wheel size!
Skate decks come in a variety of widths and the size you choose depends mainly on your shoe size.
Skateboard widths vary from 7.5” to 8.5”, so if you have larger feet you’ll want to opt for a wider board.
Your riding style can also determine how wide your board should be. For instance, street skaters choose narrower decks so they can do better tricks. But if you ride at faster speeds, you need a wider board.
Overall, choosing your skateboard width is important. If you grab a board that’s too side, you’ll need to exert more energy to get going, and doing tricks may be difficult. A board that is too narrow will cause issues with balance and stability.
Here are some recommended deck widths based on shoe size:
- 7” or smaller width: Men’s size 6 (or smaller) and Women’s size 7.5 (or smaller)
- 7” to 7.5” width: Men’s size 6-8 and Women’s size 7.5-9.5
- 7.5” or larger width: Men’s size 9 (or larger) and Women’s size 10 (or larger)
The most common skateboard shape is the Popsicle shape which is best suited for riding on the streets or in skate parks. This shape has smaller and harder wheels, making it easier to ride on concrete.
You can also get a longboard shape that has a longer and wider deck as well as larger and stronger wheels. These are best suited for long-distance cruising.
For younger riders, you can also get egg boards, which have an egg-shaped deck and a wider deck width to accommodate beginner and lightweight riders.
When it comes to skateboard length, it all depends on your riding style. As a beginner, you may not have a riding style yet, so you can definitely stick to an average skateboard length to get started.
Deck lengths range from 28” to 33” but if you want to give longboarding a try, the length won’t make a huge difference.
When it comes to riding style, longboards are perfect for those looking to cruise while shorter boards are best suited for street riders who want to pull off tricks and flips.
You can also base the length of your skateboard on the skateboard’s width. Here are some recommended measurements:
- Skateboard width 7.75”: 29.50” length
- Skateboard width 7.50”-7.75”: 31.12” length
- Skateboard width 8.00”: 31.38” length
- Skateboard width 8.25” and wider: 32.00” length
Skateboard Wheel Size
When it comes to finding the best skateboard size, you also have to consider the size of the wheels. Wheel diameter will determine how quickly you accelerate and how tightly you can turn.
Smaller wheels are perfect for technical and street skating while larger wheels are recommended for beginners and those who use their skateboards as daily transportation.
- 50-53mm: Smaller, slower, trick riding, skate parks
- 54-59mm: Average size for beginners and bigger riders, street skating, skate parks
- 60mm+: Longboards, downhill, speed, rougher surfaces
Ready to Get Started?
Now that you have an idea of how to choose the best skateboard size, it’s time to get you that brand new board!
Our experts at Boardom are here to answer all of your questions and help you choose from a wide variety of skateboard sizes to find your perfect fit.
Come visit our shop or contact us today!