Skateboards are not specifically designed for girls or boys, and any skateboard can be used by anyone regardless of gender. When choosing a skateboard, it is important to consider your skill level, the type of skating you will be doing, and your personal preferences. Think about whether you be skating freestyle, street or transition, as this will affect size of the deck and wheels.
For example, a young girl interested in park skating could follow this guide:
5 YEARS OR YOUNGER
6 - 8 YEARS
8 YEARS AND OLDER
Skateboard Width (inches)
7 - 7.5
7.5 - 7.75
7.75 - 8.25
UNDER 3'4" (102 CM)
3'5" - 4'4" (102 - 130 CM)
4'5" - 5'2" (130 - 160 CM)
Skater Shoe Size (US Men's)
3 OR SMALLER
4 - 6
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a skateboard:
Deck size: Skateboard decks come in a range of sizes, with most ranging from 7 to 8.5 inches wide. A wider deck may be more stable for beginners, while a narrower deck may be more maneuverable for more advanced skaters. If you are shopping for a child, it's also better to have a smaller deck.
Deck shapes: Skateboard decks come in a variety of shapes, and the shape of the deck can affect the way the skateboard performs. Here are a few common skateboard deck shapes: Popsicle, concave, kicktail, cruiser, mini. Read more about deck shapes in our blog.
Deck material: Skateboard decks are typically made from 7-ply maple wood, but there are also decks made from other materials such as bamboo, plastic, and composite materials.
Trucks: The trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that connect the wheels to the deck. The width of the trucks should match the width of the deck, and the stiffness of the trucks should match your skating style. Softer trucks are more responsive and good for tricks, while harder trucks are more stable and good for cruising and carving.
Wheels: Skateboard wheels come in a range of sizes, with most ranging from 50 to 60mm in diameter. Larger wheels are faster and good for smooth surfaces, while smaller wheels are slower and good for rough surfaces. The hardness of the wheels is also important, with softer wheels providing more grip and harder wheels providing less grip but more speed.
Ultimately, the best skateboard for you is the one that feels comfortable and meets your needs and preferences. You may want to try out a few different skateboards to see which one feels best for you.