Tips for Choosing Skateboards & Longboards

Excited to finally have your own skateboard or longboard? Just thinking about all the time you’ll be spending on it must be really getting you all revved up! But before you go splurging on equipment and accessories, know what to expect out there, especially if this is your first time making this purchase.


How To Pick Your Skateboard

Skateboards come in different sizes. When you pick your own, it’s highly recommended that you get one proportionate to your shoe size for balance and control. So if you fall within the range of shoe size 6.5 to 9, then you should get a 7.5-8 deck. Anything bigger than that would go better with an 8-8.5 deck size.

However, that’s not the only factor you should consider when buying a skateboard. You also need to determine what kind of style you’ll be doing. If you’re interested in doing flip tricks or technical tricks, narrow decks are ideal because it is easier to maneuver.

Meanwhile, if you’re more into skating big bowls, jumping over large gaps, or stairs and handrails, or if you want to use it for your daily commute, then larger boards are the ones for you.

These are mere guidelines, though. Feel free to try and test out different skateboards in Turlock, CA to find the one that suits you best.

How To Pick Your Longboard

When it comes to longboards, you need to pick based on the deck shape, length, trucks, wheels, bearings, and more. And like the skateboard, you need to choose based on your ability and preferred style.

There are boards for cruising and carving, as well as for downhill longboarding. You can also shop for freeriders and freestylers, again depending on your level. If you’re a beginner, a cruising & carving longboard is the best fit for you.

This longboard offers the stability and balance you need to develop your skill. It’s also easy enough to control as you navigate your way on slightly sloped or flat grounds. You know what they say: Learn the rules first before you break ‘em. A cruising & carving longboard is a great way to learn the rules before you start getting creative with it.

Feel free to try out different sizes and styles when checking out Sunsports‘ longboards and other outdoor equipment in Turlock, CA to give you an idea of what you need and want. Have any questions? Need to check our rental prices? Contact us today!

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