Introduction to skateboard anatomy A skateboard consists of a few parts. Some skateboards are sold already preassembled with those parts, which is called a complete skateboard. These skateboards are usually good if you are just starting out because they are cheaper and manufacturer already made sure that the components used in this skateboard work well together. Once you have a better understanding of different parts and what role they play in the skateboarding dynamics, you can go for a custom built skateboard.
In this case you will be assembling a skateboard yourself with your chosen components. Deck – the most crucial part of your skateboard Also known as the board, a deck is a wooden platform that you will be standing on when riding a skateboard. It’s probably the most essential part of the skateboard that will give you the general feel when riding down the street or in the park. Trucks and grip tape are attached to a deck. It’s very important to choose a deck, which is right size for you. Deck sizes can vary based on your preferred riding style and on your height. Decks come with different graphics, thickness, length and width. There is a slight difference between the tail and the nose of the deck. A good deck also has concaves, that help you keep your feet on your board. A deeper look into various parts of a deck Seemingly simple, a board consists of a few key elements that help it turn, pop and spin. The most important component and the biggest progress to skateboarding was done with introduction of a kicktail.
A kicktail is an upwards bent end of a skateboard. Each skateboard has two of them. They are known as nose and tail of a skateboard. Kicktails help to manoeuvre the board, perform higher jumps and are a key to some of the tricks, which require flipping the board or lifting one of the trucks off the ground. The nose of a deck is usually a little bit broader and larger, while the tail is a little smaller.