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How to Choose Your First Skateboard: A Beginner’s Guide


Welcome to LocoSonix! Choosing your first skateboard can be both exciting and overwhelming. This guide will help you understand the basics and make an informed decision so you can start your skateboarding journey with confidence.

Understanding the Parts of a Skateboard

  • Deck: The deck is the flat board you stand on. Decks come in various widths and lengths. For beginners, a wider deck offers more stability.
  • Trucks: These are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the deck. They affect how the board turns and grinds.
  • Wheels: Skateboard wheels come in different sizes and hardness levels. Softer wheels provide a smoother ride, which is great for beginners.
  • Bearings: Bearings fit inside the wheels and allow them to spin. Higher quality bearings roll smoother and last longer.
  • Hardware: This includes the nuts and bolts that hold the trucks to the deck. It's a small but essential part of your skateboard setup.
  • Griptape: Griptape is the sandpaper-like material applied to the top of the deck. It provides the grip needed to keep your feet on the board.

Choosing the Right Size

  • Deck Width: For younger skaters, a deck width of 7.5" to 8.0" is ideal. Adults might prefer 8.0" to 8.5" for more stability.
  • Length: Standard skateboard length is around 28" to 32". Choose a length that feels comfortable for your height and stance.

Types of Skateboards

  • Standard Skateboards: Great for tricks and park skating.
  • Longboards: Best for cruising and downhill riding.
  • Cruisers: Perfect for commuting and casual riding.

Additional Tips

  • Quality Gear: Invest in quality gear for a better experience and safety.
  • Durability: Look for durable materials and construction.
  • Budget: Set a budget but be mindful of extremely cheap options which may not last.


Choosing your first skateboard is an important step in your skateboarding journey. At LocoSonix, we offer a variety of skateboards and expert advice to help you make the best choice. Visit our shop or contact us for more personalized recommendations.

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