Advice for New Skateboard Users
Building your own complete skateboard
Here is a list the components which are needed to make up a complete skateboard
• Deck (or Board)
• Grip Tape (Deck purchases usually come with a free sheet of Grip Tape)
• Trucks (the axle assembly)
• Bearings (which fit inside the wheels before being fitted to the trucks)
• Deck Bolts (or Hardware, which are used to attach the trucks to the board)
Choosing a board to suit you
We as individuals come in all different shapes, sizes and weights, which is also the case with skateboards. There is no real right or wrong when it comes to choosing an appropriate size for your skateboard. You simply need to feel comfortable with being able to manouver it around, so it should be more appropriate to each individuals physical size.
Skateboard sizes are measured by the width of the board using the 'Imperial' measurement system, rather than the Metric system which is used throughout Australia. The most common and possibly most versitile size board is often 8.00 inches to 8.125" and then up to the slightly wider 8.25". There are boards available from under 7" and right up to over 10", however for street skating 8.0" to 8.5" are most common.
There are plenty of smaller younger skaters who choose to ride a larger wider board, just as there are full grown skaters who might be over six feet tall, who however ride a smaller, narrower board. In our experience you will generally adapt to the size and feel of the board you have - yet board size in comparison to each individuals' physical body size and weight should be carefully considered, This will make the board more agile and easier for you to maneuver the board around effectively.
If unsure or in doubt, please feel to get in touch. We would be happy to give you advice and guidance, without the need to feel obligated to us for anything - we're here to help you, that's what we do.
Here's a video that explains how to adjust your trucks and the pros and cons.
Looking after your skateboard
If you want your skateboard to last, firstly keep it dry! Water will corrode the bearings and soften the wood of the deck. Decks perform best when rigid (known as pop), as opposed to being 'soggy' or soft (no pop), so avoid wet conditions. In the event that your board goes through, or comes into contact with water, dry any water and moisture off immediately. Also avoid sand and sandy surfaces. Sand and dirt can end up inside your bearings, compromising their performance and slowing them down significantly.
Looking after yourself
For all beginners we recommend wearing safety gear - knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet. Safety gear provides protection and takes the majority of the impact out of a fall. It also prevents injuries, which will definitely create a loss of confidence and take the fun out of learning to skate and skating in general. Having protection also provides a sense of security and thereby gives you confidence, rather than the hesitation fear can bring. Confidence and skateboarding go well together, fear and skateboarding, not so much. You can find our range of safety gear by clicking here.
Skate within your abilities, and always stay alert and aware of other skaters whilst at the skatepark.