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We are your one-stop shop for all things skateboarding. Whether you're shopping for a new complete skateboard, or need individual parts to upgrade your current setup, Wicked Wayz has you covered. We carry all the top name brands in the skating industry.
Maybe you're new to skateboarding. We have lots of complete skateboards or longboards to get you started. All of our skateboard and longboard completes come fully assembled, so you can hit the streets without any of the hassle — check out our selection of Sector 9 longboards and skateboard completes. Or maybe you're an experienced skater looking to update and customize your ride. You probably want to start with the perfect skateboard deck before you do anything else. We carry high-quality skate decks to keep you steady and balanced while you bomb, slide, and carve the streets. We also have a variety of longboard decks in stock if you're looking for a smooth ride for cruising or commuting.
Regardless of your skill level, you definitely need quality skateboard parts and that begins with skateboard trucks. We carry hundreds of top-selling skate trucks! Hardcore skateboarders love our Independent skate trucks for their performance and durability. You can also pick out the perfect skateboard wheels, like a blazing fast set of Spitfires, and you'll be one step closer to skating like a pro. To make the most of your skate wheels, you'll need quality skate bearings, too—check out top-seller Lucky Bearings. When building a skateboard, even the smallest choices make a difference, so be sure to get the right size skate hardware, double-check your skateboard bushings, and don't forget to grit up your board with grip tape.
What Size Skateboard Do You Need?
So, you’re shopping for that skateboarder on your Christmas list and it’s time to pick a skateboard deck. We carry a ton of different sized skateboards! You may already know whether your buddy wants a cruiser, longboard, shortboard or old school, but what about the width of the deck?
Let’s get some of the skateboard lingo down first. The skateboard deck is the actual board itself. It refers to the flat, long board that you stand on when skateboarding. Warehouse Skateboards offer 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 your buddy depends on what he or she will be skating and, of course, his or her personal brand preference.
Width – The average width of a skateboard deck is 7.5″- 8.25″. Width is influenced by the size of the rider and the type of riding. Bigger riders and those skating ramps and vert ramps typically prefer a wider deck. Street skaters usually choose a smaller deck. Choose your skateboard deck according to the width, not length.
Length – The length of the skateboard is measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Average board length is 28″- 32″ but length is only referred to by advanced skaters.
Wheelbase – The wheelbase is the distance from one pair of inner mounting holes to the other inner pair. The average wheelbase is 13″-15″, and again, the choice is influenced by the skill set of the rider
Nose and Tail – The nose and tail of a skateboard can be hard to tell apart, but most decks provide you with graphics to distinguish the two apart. Also, most skateboard decks have a bigger kick on the nose and mellower kick on the tail.
Mounting Holes – Mounting holes are pre-drilled holes where the skateboard trucks are attached. Arranged as two sets of four holes; one set is near the nose, the other near the tail.
Ply – When looking at the side of the skateboard deck, thin layers of maple veneer are visible. Layering the wood in a cross-grain pattern creates a stronger board than a single solid piece of wood. The typical skateboard is seven-ply.
Concave – The section of the board between the nose and tail curves up slightly on the sides. The concave gives the rider more control and increases the skateboard’s strength.
What are the different sizes of skateboard decks?
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.
Micro Deck – width: 6.5″ – 6.75”, length: 27.2” – 27.6” . This size deck is great for skaters 5 years or younger, who are under 3’5” tall, and who wear a size 3 shoe or smaller.
Mini Deck – width: 7.0″, length: 28”. This size deck is great for skaters 6 to 8 years old who are between 3’5” and 4’4” tall and who wear size 4-6 shoes.
Mid-size Deck – width: 7.3”, length: 29”. This size deck is great for skaters 9 to 12 years old who are between 4’5” and 5’2” tall who and wear size 7-8 shoes.
Full Size Deck – 7.5” or larger, width: For all skaters over age 13 who are taller than 5’3” with a shoe size of 9 and up. However, individual skating style will determine deck size for these decks:
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
Points to Consider when Buying Your Best Skateboard:
The industry-standard wood for skateboard decks is maple, which is rock hard, yet flexes enough to prevent snapping. Most quality boards use seven plies of Maple. Maple has pop, and pop is what you will need to bust a waist-high ollie!
Cheap adhesives lose their hold causing layers to split. Manufacturers that use cheap glue will not warn you, so read the fine print. These days, trick-board shapes are all relatively the same, but deck shapes evolved over time.
Trucks need aluminum hangers for grinds and steel axles for strength. Bushings should be polyurethane, and you are able to upgrade them.
Urethane is the material of choice, The hardness of urethane wheels (called the durometer) varies. Street skaters typically use 97a to 101a because hard wheels slide much better on obstacles. Wheel height also varies tremendously, but street skaters tend to use wheels that are around 55mm tall.
Bearings are rated by the ABEC scale (1-9), which has nothing to do with skateboarding. Manufacturers know skaters believe higher ABEC ratings mean faster bearings. They do not, and you won’t find high-quality bearings on off-the-shelf skateboards. Most of these completes are slow. Make a bearing upgrade a top priority. Good bearings can make almost any skateboard fast.
Advantages of Riding a Good Skateboard:
1) Exercise — Skating is a great form of exercise. Rather than taking up a sport where you are required to attend scheduled practices and wear a uniform, you can skate whenever and however you like.
2) Freedom — Skateboarding is about the freedom to go and do what you like. There are no rules in skating like there are in other sports.
3) Expression — Talk to any longtime skater and they will tell you that they express themselves through their skating. Some ride slow and languidly, while others rage and skate very fast. Skateboarders develop unique styles and techniques.
4) Venting — There is no better way to release pent up anger than through aggressive skateboarding. It is a constructive way to let go of the things that are gnawing at you. The absolute concentration skateboarding demands leaves no room for other thoughts.
5) Brotherhood — Skateboarders everywhere are united. Others may see us as outcasts, but we stick together and support each other with genuine love. We do not see ourselves as outcasts, but as elite.
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