Skateboard Deck Buying – A Guide for Parents and New Recruits

This guide is intended for parents buying for their children or beginners with no previous experience of skateboarding.

First off, what is a deck? A deck is a wooden bit you stand on. If you just buy a deck, you don’t get the trucks or wheels – you are not buying a complete skateboard!  If you want to buy a ready-to-ride skateboard, you can see our extensive selection in the Completes section.

At Skateboards of Choice, we don’t sell decks of poor quality, so you can be sure that whatever you plump for, the quality will be good. All our decks are made from 7-ply maple wood – the best and most reliable material for skateboard decks.

The main consideration when buying a deck is the size. Most decks are 31 inches long by 7.75 inches wide. The width is the most important measurement and is often used in the deck name, so if you see a deck called “Element Featherlight 7.75 Logo Deck”, the 7.75 is referring to the width of the deck.

Most decks measure between 7.5 inches and 8.5 inches wide. Which is right for you? Well, the thinner the board, the lighter it is, so a 7.5-inch wide deck is ideal for younger people or people who do lots of technical tricks like ollies or kickflips, which are easier to do if the deck is light. If you are an older skater (with size 8 feet or above) you might want to consider a 7.75-inch wide deck – this is the most popular size. If you are a big fella with big feet, then an 8-inch deck or 8.125 decks could be right for you. Also, skaters who ride pools, bowls and big transitions prefer bigger decks as they give more stability. If you are not sure, just go for a 7.75-inch wide deck – you can’t go far wrong with this.

To shop by deck size, click on the “Skateboards” tab at the top left of the homepage, then click “Skateboard decks” from the resulting dropdown, and then, on the left of the screen below the long list of brand names is a box that says “Deck Width”. Just click on the deck width you want and the website will list all decks in that size – clever eh?

Another major consideration is which brand to go for. We stock decks from over 40 different brands, so the choice is daunting. Let’s break it down into the following categories:

If you are looking for a cheap deck: we sell “Blank decks”. These are decks with no brand name attached. They are often made in the same factories as major brands. The blanks we sell are 7-ply Canadian maple and have proved to be popular with our customers over the years. Fracture and Enuff also make decks for under £30 and these are very reliable.  If you can stretch to £34 for a Jart board, do – they are very tough and reliable and made in the EU.

If you are buying for a young child (junior school age): Fracture and Enuff are popular brands with this age group, as are Blind, Darkstar, Element, Flip, Plan B, and Toy Machine.

If you are buying for a teenager/young adult: 5 Boro, A Third Foot, Alien Workshop, Almost, Anti Hero, Baker, Blueprint, Chocolate, Cliche, Crayon, Creature, Death, Enjoi, Girl, Habitat, Heathen, Heroin, Hook-Ups, Jart, Karma, Krooked, Landscape, Mystery, Real, Santa Cruz, Sk8 Mafia, Stereo, The Harmony, Unabomber, Zero, Zoo York are all popular with this age bracket.

If you want to support UK skateboard brands: The only brand that actually makes decks in the UK is A Third Foot, who make their decks in Birmingham from Canadian maple. But the following brands are all UK companies who either get their decks made in China or the USA: Blueprint, Crayon, Death, Enuff, Fracture, Heathen, Heroin, Karma, Landscape, Motive, the Harmony and Unabomber.  The other brands we sell are all American.

I don’t care about what’s cool, I just want the best: Here at Skateboards of Choice we sponsor a few local riders, and they all like brands distributed by Deluxe distribution, and these include Anti Hero, Real, Krooked, and UK brands Crayon and Witchcraft. But a lot of really experienced riders swear by Element, so it might be worth checking them out. Plus, a few years ago, an independent survey of over 100 skateboard deck brands found that Jart was the most resilient, and they are cheap too, so it’s definitely worth considering Jart.

Here are some other frequently asked questions:

Do I have to buy grip tape as well? No, if you buy any deck, the free grip tape is automatically added to your basket. If you want us to apply the grip tape for you, either tick the “Assembly” box on the deck product page or write “please grip my board” in the Special Instructions box at the end of the checkout process.

What if I want to build my deck up into a complete skateboard? You will need to buy trucks from the Trucks section, and wheels from the Wheels section. Trucks are sold in packs of two, and wheels are sold in packs of four, enough for one skateboard. If the deck you have bought is between 7.5 inches and 7.875 inches, you will need trucks in the 7.75 width category. To view these, click on the “Skateboards” tab at the top left of the homepage, then click on “Skateboard Trucks” from the resulting dropdown, and then below the list of brands you will see a table with “Truck Span” written above it. Click on 7.75 to see all the relevant trucks. For decks between 8 inches and 8.5 inches wide, you should go for trucks with a span of 8 inches.

For wheels, the most popular size is 52mm or 53mm. To view these, click on the “Skateboards” tab at the top left of the homepage, then click on “Skateboard Wheels” from the resulting dropdown, and then below the list of brands you will see a table with “Wheel Size” written above it. Click on 52 or 53 to see all the relevant wheels. The best wheels are Spitfire, Hubba, Pig, Bones, and Autobahn.

Finding A Job In The Tech Industry In Three Easy Steps

In today’s tough and demanding job scenario, getting the right career break could be a tough tan difficult task for many of us. Though many of us are technically qualified and might have spent four or even six years to qualify adequately, finding the right break could often be a difficult task. So in this article, we will try and get some adequate answers to the question about finding a job in the tech industry. We will and look at three easy steps which perhaps might make this possible. We hope that it will be of help and assistance to hundreds of technically qualified men and women out there. It is quite obvious that many of them could be in for disappointment because of the nomenclature of jobs and vacancies that they come across.

They could come across jobs such as digital content manager, network administrator, website coordinator and more. For those who do not have adequate technical knowledge these could be difficult jargons to understand. Many of them might even give up on such jobs not knowing that they could be qualified and suitable for the same. While technically qualified persons can get such jobs, one needs to bear in mind that even not-so technically qualified people could have a shot at such jobs provided then know how to go about it. We will try and share a few important points which could perhaps help non technical persons in particular to try and land themselves a good and high paying job.

Take On Projects That Are Technical In Nature

The best way to test the waters and find if you are technically inclined is to try and gain some basic experience if you are a non-technical sort of a person. You have to try and look for some side projects which fits into your current role so that you are able to gather some much needed experience. Alternately, you could use your spare time to expose yourself. Being interested in the field is one thing and doing something about it is another thing. You must move from a state of taking it as a hobby and making it a serious career option. You must try and look at as many avenues as possible and gain as much technical experience as you possibly can.

Look To Startups

Startups are often the best place for non technical people to learn the tricks of the trade. This is because of a number of reasons. They generally do not go by the rule book when it comes to traditional job descriptions and requirements. They try and focus more on training the new employees and may not entirely be bothered too much about the technical background of the employees. Hence this could give the right atmosphere for such people to do well in their non technical fields and become a valuable tech person over a period of time.

Finding A Mentor

Finally you have to find out ways and means by which you can be attached to a mentor. The mentor should be tech savvy and this could be a blessing in disguise you in more ways than one. You must try and get firsthand knowledge from someone who is experienced and trustworthy and has the mindset to teach and guide you.