The deck is the wood part of the skateboard (if you didn’t already know that). Different types size decks can be used for different things. This article will help find the right deck for you.
Transition and Vert decks
If you like to skate in half pipes or pools your deck should be about 8.25″ to about 8.5″ wide. The wider the deck the more stable it usually is.
The best size for street skating is about a 7.5″-8.25″wide decks. The width of the deck (weather it is a street deck, a vert deck, or a deck to just cruise around on) you should get will depend on your shoe size. If you have big feet you should get a wider deck, but if you have smaller feet should get a deck that’s smaller in width. I ride a 7.75 inch wide deck, and wear a 11 in men’s size shoes. The smaller the board the is the easier it will be to do flip tricks, but it may be harder to keep your balance.
Vert and Street decks are the two main kind of decks, but you can use any size board you want to to go skate a pool, ollie down some stairs, or to drop in on Bob Burnquist’s mega ramp (I have never skated down a mega ramp or plan to, but using my experience with bombing hills I would think you would want a wider deck with decent sized wheels). There are other types of decks like helium, bamboo, carbon fiber, and so on. These decks usually cost a little bit more than the good ol’ Canadian maple decks that most pro decks are made from, but those boards do have their advantages (with helium boards you can ollie a little higher, carbon fiber decks are strong and have more pop as well, and the list goes on).
Girl skateboards has some of the best and coolest skateboards and pro skaters. Their skate team includes Guy Mariano, Eric Koston, Mike Carroll, Sean Malto, Rick Howard, Brian Anderson, Rick McCrank, Brandon Biebel, Mike Mo Capaldi, Jeron Wilson, and Alex Olson.
Eric Koston was born on April 29, 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand. He started skateboarding when he was 11 years old. He has been on girl for 16 years. He turned pro in 1993. He is co-owner of “The Berrics” with fellow pro skater Steve Berra. Eric has recently left his Lakai shoes sponsor to be sponsored by Nike SB.
Guy Mariano was born in 1976, in Burbank, California. He has been skateboarding since he was 7 years old. He has been on Girl since 1993. His other sponsors include Lakai shoes, Spitfire wheels, Royal trucks, Fourstar clothing, and Powell bearings and bushings.
Mike Carroll was born in 1975, in San Francisco, California. Mike is co-owner of Lakai with Rick Howard. He is sponsored by Royal trucks, Lakai shoes, and Four Star clothing.
Sean Malto Turned pro on June 2, 2008. He is sponsored by Etnies, Girl skateboards, Bones swiss bearings, Spitfire wheels, and Thunder trucks.
Brian Anderson was born on 1976 in Connecticut. He started skateboarding when he was 10. He has been on Girl since 2002. His sponsors are Skate Mental, Nike, Indy, Fourstar, Spitfire, and CCS
Rick McCrank was born on January 23, 1976 in Canada. He was voted best street skater of 2000. He went pro in 1990 for Plan B skateboards before switching to Girl.
Mike Mo Capaldi
Mike Mo Capaldi was born in 1990 in Thousand Oaks, California. Mike started skateboarding when he was 9 years old. He has been on Girl since 2006. His sponsors include Girl, Lakai shoes, Swiss bearings, Mob grip tape, Royal trucks, and Matix.
Rick Howard was born in Canada. He is a co-owner of Lakia shoes with Mike Carroll. He is also a co-owner of Girl skateboards. Before creating Girl skateboards he used to ride for Plan B skateboards. He is sponsored by Four Star clothing, Girl skateboards, Independent turcks, and CCS board shop.
Alex Olson was born in 1986, in Santa Monica, California. Alex started skateboarding when he was 11 years old. He has been on Girl since 2006. Besides Girl his sponsors include Lakai, Quicksliver, Indy and Spitfire.
Brandon Biebel was born in 1981, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Brian started skateboarding when he was 12 years old. He has been on Girl since 2001. His sponsors are Girl, Silver trucks, Matix, and Lakai shoes.
Jeron Wilson was born in 1977, in Northbridge, California. Jeron has been skateboarding since he was 10 years old. His sponsors include Girl, Grind King, Matix, and DVS.