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5 Skateboard Sizes & Shapes

Learn about different skateboard sizes and shapes from SHUT Skateboards' Michael A. Cohen in this Howcast video.


Hey, what up, guys? We're here to discuss shapes, all different sizes, for different kinds of skateboarding. Real quick, I'll just, a little overview of what the original this style skateboard here from the '80's. The shapes back then, much bigger skateboard. When skating started, it was two by fours, then it went to these small plastic boards. Then in the 80's it became this big monstrosity of a skateboard. Most of them didn't even have this here nose. It was just flat up in the front. Then, as we moved on, we started to see the nose of the skateboard. As the tricks progressed to, from the traditional Ollie, off the tail, and then, all the way to the Nollie, which is an Ollie off the nose of the board.

Then, in the 90's, we were introduced to the Double Kick, which is your nose and tail look the same except, actually, the nose is slightly steeper, which will help for that Nollie trick, which is your nose Ollie, and then you have your tail of the board.

The cave, also, now, a little more consistent, which will help with a lot of your flip tricks. This board, very commonly used for street skating, didn't start until around the '90's. But at the same time, kids are still, there's a huge resurgence on the '80's. Even a resurgence into some more of, like, I would have to say more of your '60's style, which would be like the mini-cruisers. These things are fantastic as well.

And then if you're looking for like more long distance, a little bit of a more stable cruiser ride, and if you're looking really just for ultimate speed as well, I highly recommend a long skateboard. This one here, a short wheel base, so you could still perform your tricks on it, a functioning nose, and the functioning tail. This one, a little homage with the swallow tail to the surf days.

And all of these here, seven-ply, hardrock maple, made in the USA, and then your classic street board, but in small dimensions for little guys, from four, five, six year old, same construction. When buying kids' board, be really weary of the cheap imitation because quality is going to be an issue for the kid to be able to progress in skateboarding.

But as far as the shapes go, try them all out. Go to the shop. Stand on them. See if they have demos, and you'll be able to get a feel for what you really like and what kind of skating you're going to be doing.

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