What are the parts of a skateboard? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 1 of 7)
How to assemble a skateboard? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 2 of 7)
How to find your stance on a skateboard? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 3 of 7)
How to start and turn and stop a skateboard? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 4 of 7)
How true are the stereotypes of skateboarders? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 5 of 7)
What are the "unwritten rules" of skatepark etiquette? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 6 of 7)How to ride and do basic tricks in a skatepark? - Learn To Ride A Skateboard (Chapter 7 of 7)
Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. A person who skateboards is most often referred to as a skateboarder, or colloquially within the skateboarding community, a skater.
Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2002 report by American Sports Data found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. 85 percent of skateboarders polled who had used a board in the last year were under the age of 18, and 74 percent were male.
Skateboarding is relatively modern. A key skateboarding maneuver, the ollie, was developed in the late 1970s by Alan "Ollie" Gelfand as a half-pipe maneuver. Freestyle skateboarder Rodney Mullen was the first to take it to flat ground and later invented the kickflip and its variations.
A skateboard is typically a specially designed plywood board combined with a polyurethane coating used for making smoother slides and stronger durability, used primarily for the activity of skateboarding. The first skateboards to reach public notice came out of the surfing craze of the early 1960s, developed to help surfers practice when waves were unfavorable. The first prototypes were simple wooden boards with roller-skate wheels attached, and the practice was sometimes referred to as "sidewalk surfing." The surfing group Jan and Dean even had a minor hit called "Sidewalk Surfing" in 1964. By the mid-1980s skateboards were mass produced and sold throughout the United States.
A skateboard is propelled by pushing with one foot while the other remains on the board, or by pumping one's legs in structures such as a pool or half pipe. A skateboard can also be used by simply standing on the deck while on a downward slope and allowing gravity to propel the board and rider. If the rider positions their right foot forward, he/she is said to ride "goofy"; if the rider positions their left foot forward, he/she is said to ride "regular." If the rider is normally regular but chooses to ride goofy, he/she is said to be riding "switch," and vice versa. A skater is typically more comfortable pedaling with their back foot; choosing to pedal with the front foot is commonly referred to as riding "mongo."
Recently, electric skateboards have also appeared. These no longer require the propelling of the skateboard by means of the feet; rather an electric motor propels the board, fed by an electric battery.
There is no governing body that declares any regulations on what constitutes a skateboard or the parts from which it is assembled. Historically, the skateboard has conformed both to contemporary trends and to the ever evolving array of stunts performed by riders/users, who require a certain functionality from the board. Of course, the board shape depends largely upon its desired function. Longboards are a type of skateboard with a longer wheelbase and larger, softer wheels.
Skateboarding trick terminology
|Long Boards||8.5"||32.75"||15"||6.875"||6.75"||Name tells all, LongBoards are for the boardwalk/Store Runs & Just going fast down some hills..|
|Old School||7.125"||31.125"||13.875"||6.5"||6.5"||Bring back the BEST, different shapes for each style of skating. Use for cruising aroud or Pools/Bowls|
|Popsical||7.75"||31.625"||14"||6.875"||6.5"||Med-Large Shapes for Larger Skaters,|
|Popsical||7.875"||31.625"||14"||6.875"||6.5"||Widths and Lenghts vary on skill and preferance.|
|Popsical||8.125"||31.625"||14"||7"||6.375"||Ideal for more Street/Park/Tranny|
|Mini||7.25"||29"||12"||6.5"||6.125"||Smaller Width & Length, Ushally Lighter,|
|Mini||7.375"||30.25"||13"||6.625"||6.375"||Great for First Timer and Smaller Skaters|
Decks come in many different widths. If you are a beginner to skateboarding, choose your deck according to the width, not the length or wheelbase. The width you need depends on your size, skating style and personal preference. Here are some general guidelines.
7.5" to 8" - Standard board for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
8.0" to 8.25" - Skating pools, ramps and parks
8.25" and larger - Vert, pools, cruising and just going old school
Let's get some of the skateboard lingo down first. The skateboard deck is the actual board itself. The skateboard deck is the flat, long board that you stand on when skateboarding. SkateNutter offers a huge selection of skateboard decks in a variety of shapes, sizes, weight and color patterns. Skateboard decks vary in size but most are between 7"-10", and are made of either seven-ply wood, bamboo, resin, carbon fiber or plastic. Deciding which skateboard deck is best for you depends on what you will be skating and, of course, your personal brand preference.