skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size

  SKATEBOARD BUYING GUIDE & SIZE CHART,skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size


  What size skateboard should you get? We recommend starting with a skateboard deck width that is proportional to your shoe size. If you wear men’s size 6.5 to 9, start out with a deck width of 7.5 to 8.0 inches. If you wear shoes 9.5 or larger, we recommend getting a deck between 8.0 and 8.5 inches.

skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size

  In general, skaters who like flip tricks, manuals, ledges, flat bars and technical tricks usually prefer boards on the narrower side of the spectrum (7.75 – 8.25 inches). Those who skate big bowls, hand rails, or like to jump down large gaps and stairs are usually more comfortable with a larger board (8.25 – 9.0 inches). Wider boards are also great for transportation because they offer a more stable and comfortable standing platform.

  TIP: Don’t be afraid to try out different sizes to find out what works best for you. There’s no exact science about deck size – only personal preference.


  Skaters that are 13+ or wear an adult shoe size of 8+, should be able to handle a full-sized skateboard (7.5″ or wider). We offer mid-sized skateboards (7.25 – 7.375″) for kids 9-12 years old, mini skateboards (6.75 – 7.25″) for kids 6-8 years old, and even micro skateboards (6.5 – 6.75″) for kids under 5 years old.

skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size

  Picking Out The Right Board Size

  Wondering what size of skateboard deck or complete to purchase? Look no further. We’re here to help you find the best size and shape for your riding style. If you have any additional questions not answered here, feel free to contact us anytime and we’ll gladly help. Above all, don’t be intimidated by this information. You can have a blast on a skateboard of any size or shape!

  While choosing the right size of skateboard is largely a personal preference, there are 3 important factors to consider when selecting the right board size:

  1. Riding Style & Terrain

  2. Body Height & Weight

  3. Shoe Size

  Riding Style

  If you skate mostly vert, parks, pools, (we call this “transition skating”) or just like more stability and surface area under your feet, you’ll want to skate a deck that is slightly wider. However if you like to do flip tricks, prefer a lighter weight setup, and skate mostly street freestyle (we call this “street skating”), you may want a narrower board – something under 8 inches wide. But riding style is only part of the equation in picking out the right size of board for you.

  7.00″ to 7.50″: Narrow decks ideal for youth riders.

  7.50″ to 8.00″: Medium deck width for teen or adult riders skating street terrain or doing more technical tricks.

  8.00″ to 8.50″: Ideal for various street and transition terrain. Parks, pools, rails, stairs.

  8.50″ and up: Wider decks great for transition skating, bigger street tricks, pools, or just cruising.

  Body Height & Weight

  Choose a board that works well with your body size. Simply put, if you’re mini – you’ll want to skate a smaller board. If you’re a taller adult, you should be skating a full-size board. While most street skateboard decks are similar in length, deck width is one of the more noticeable differences. And even if .25 inch doesn’t seem like much, those small differences in measurement can make a big difference in the way the board feels due to the concave and overall shape of the deck. Here is a chart with basic sizing recommendation you can refer to:

skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size

  Shoe Size

  Perhaps one of the most important factors in choosing the proper board width is shoe size. Turning, ollieing, and doing technical tricks requires a good fit between foot and board. This is why “skate shoes” are actually a thing. Selecting a deck that is not too wide for your feet and not too narrow is important. Check out this graphic for some help:

skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size

  Board Length

  Even though board width is typically the most important factor in choosing the correct deck size, knowing the overall length can be helpful for technical skaters and transition or bowl skaters often like to know the wheelbase. We’ve included all of these measurements so you can geek out over the details as much as we do.

  Width: 7.25″ = Length: 29.50″ (Wheel Base: 12.50″)

  Width: 7.50″ = Length: 31.12″ (Wheel Base: 14.00″)

  Width: 7.75″ = Length: 31.12″ (Wheel Base: 14.00″)

  Width: 8.00″ = Length: 31.38″ (Wheel Base: 14.00″)

  Width: 8.25″ = Length: 32.00″ (Wheel Base: 14.38″)

  Wheel Size

  Wondering about wheel sizes? Learn about how to choose the best skateboard wheel size on this page all about wheels.skateboard size guide,Picking Out The Right Board Size.

  How to Choose the Right Size Skateboard?

  Choosing the right size skateboard will help you progress and learn more easily. As you get more experienced, you’ll learn what sizing you prefer, until you reach this point, we recommend choosing your deck size base on your shoe size. This will give you a good baseline. Some things to keep in mind, especially if you are choosing between different skateboard deck sizes. A larger or wider deck will be more stable and comfortable for riding, while a smaller or skinnier deck will be more nimble for flip tricks, ledges, and technical skating.

Skateboard Deck Size Chart

 Deck Width Age Shoe Size (Men’s)Shoe Size (Women’s) Height
 7″ or Less 8 or Younger  6 or smaller 7.5 or smaller 4’4″ or less
 7″- 7.5″ 9 – 12  6 – 8 7.5 – 9.5  4’5″ – 5’2″
 7.5″+ 13+  9+ 10+ 5’3″ +

How to Choose a Skateboard Deck
The skateboard deck refers to the actual board platform you’ll be riding. Skateboard decks are traditionally made of multiple plies of laminated maple wood (7 is the average) for durability and strength. When beginning the search for a suitable skateboard deck, the width is an important overall characteristic. Different shapes and widths of decks are conducive to varying styles of skateboarding, but in the beginning choosing a deck width slightly narrower than the length of your foot is the best bet.

Skateboard Deck Width & Shape

Skateboard widths (barring longboards, cruisers, or miniature boards) range from 7.7” to 9” or more. The most common deck shape is the symmetrical “popsicle” shape, but directional retro and fun shaped boards that trend wider are increasing in popularity. How do you know what is right for you? There is no right or wrong deck, it’s all a matter of personal preference, so trying different sizes and shapes is best. In general, wider boards tend to be more stable while narrower boards are usually more responsive and easier for tricks.Remember everyone, safety first, and second… and probably third. One of the most important parts of your skateboarding set up will be top-notch safety equipment including Helmets, Knee Pads, Elbow Pads, and Wrist Guards. Properly utilizing safety equipment and knowing how to fall correctly ensures a pain-free and prolonged skateboarding career.

If you don’t have a skate shop nearby and can’t physically step on a deck before buying it, here’s a quick table to give you some ranges to choose from when picking a deck. Note that I have only made this table to serve as a starting point, and it mainly applies to street skating.

Deck sizeShoe Size (US men)Shoe Size (EU men)
7.5 inches to 7.75 inches6 to 7.5 38 to 40 
7.75 inches to 8.1 inches7.5 to 8.540 to 41.5
8.2 inches to 8.5 inches9 to 1041.5 to 43.5
8.5 inches to 9.0 inches10.5 to 1243.5 to 46
9.0 inches or more12 or more46 or more

Trucks & Deck Size 

This guide couldn’t be complete without going over one of, if not, the main parameter to consider when choosing a board: the truck and deck association. 

See, if your trucks don’t match with the width of your deck you could be in all kinds of trouble, such as wheelbite, nut cracks or bad turning radius of only name a few.

To prevent these from happening, follow our chart of the optimal deck, and truck sizes combination. 

Deck SizeHanger WidthAxle WidthIndyThunderVentureTensorAce
7.5 to 7.75″127mm / 5″193mm / 7.6″1291455.0522
7.75 to 8.25″137mm / 5.25″203mm / 8″1391475.255.2533
8.25 to 8.75″149mm / 6″215mm / 8.5″1491495.544
8.75 to 9.75″160mm / 6.3″226mm / 8.5″1695.855
Over 9.75″183mm / 7.2″254mm / 10″215

Final Thoughts
Whichever size you went with for your first complete skateboard, don’t stop there. Keep experimenting. You’ll probably end up switching up between sizes quite a lot before finding your go-to set-up.

And because picking a skateboard deck is not all about size, but about loads of other factors as well, check out our review of some of the best skateboard decks where we go over shape, concave, wheelbase and tons of other factors.

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