In this video, you will learn about the different parts of a skateboard- the deck, the wheels and the trucks.
Now you know all about your board, it's time to get practising! Check out the other videos in our skating program for more inspiration.
Learn to tell the nose from the tail and how to make sure your board is suitable to your needs by watching this short tutorial on the different parts of a skateboard.
In this video, you will learn about the different parts of a skateboard.
A skateboard is made up of three main parts: the board, or the deck, the wheels, and the trucks.
Let's begin with the board.
The deck is generally made of maple wood, and is composed of seven layers.
It is covered with grip tape, a type of sandpaper that helps your feet grip the board.
The front of the board, called the "nose", has a more pronounced curved than the back. To help you tell the difference, you could take out one of the screws or replace them with different coloured ones.
The back, or the "tail", is less curved. You could mark it, with a line for example, to make it more easily identifiable.
Decks are available in different widths. The wider the deck, the more stable it is.
The more concave the deck is, the better it will be for doing tricks.
Let's move on to the wheels.
There are two pairs of wheels under the board.
They are made of rubber, and can vary in hardness.
Harder rubber wheels have less grip and will allow you to go faster but will also skid easily. If you are just starting out, use the standard 95A type.
Wheels also come in different widths. For skating on the street, use standard wheels with a diameter of 52 or 54 millimetres.
Finally, the trucks.
The trucks are the axles that connect the wheel to the deck.
In the middle of each truck, there is a rubber piece, called the bushing, and a screw, which controls the tightness of the bushing and the truck.
The firmness of the bushing can help you to work out how tight the screw is.
The softer the bushing, the looser the screw and the easier it will be to turn with the board. It will, however, lose a little stability.
Now youve learned about your board, why not learn how to get on it with our next video?
Over to you!