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If you just took up skateboarding and want to buy a skateboard, here are some helpful suggestions on what to buy.
If you are just learning to balance on a skateboard, a cheap complete from wal mart or any other store will do. The quality of the skateboard only really matters when tricks are involved.
If you want to get a pro board though, get a wide one, from about 8” and up. They are easier to balance on and land basic tricks like ollies or shove-its. Heavy or light trucks don't really matter at a beginning skill level. It is reccomended that durable light trucks are purchased though, so that when your skill increases, you won't need to buy new trucks to suit your needs.
Wheels are mostly affected by terrain, if you skate rough streets, bigger wheels with a softer durometer and better and there is a smoother ride, and if you skate smooth ground, park, or want wheels that slide so that you can lipslide and bluntslide, smaller wheels of the hardest durometer are reccomended.
Although, hard small wheels are the ones used by the top pros, and are reccomended for more experienced skaters, beginners should stick to a larger wheel with softer durometer, as much skill is needed to properly control harder wheels.
There are two main setups for the two main categories.
Keep this in mind, keep it small if you're going tech, and ride something wider if your going big.
Basically, if you are going to perform technical tricks, keep everything small. Narrow deck, light trucks, and small hard wheels. This all adds up to a deck that is much easier to flip.
IF you are going big, like stairs, or rails, or ledges, a wider deck with larger trucks is reccomended. Wider trucks tend to withstand wear better than smaller lighter ones. Also, a wider deck puts more space under your feet so it is easier to land big jumps and stuff.