Seeing as a little convo is starting up in the instagram thread on board sizes, I’ll quit the hijack and send anyone who loves a board under 8 inches wide here.
I haven’t been skating regularly for a few years now. I have juggernaut of a board set up that I can roll around on but it’s not very helpful for tricks.
In a bid to get healthy both physically and mentally, I plan to start skating again. For that I decided to get a new set-up which adheres to a few important criteria
- The board must be of a rider or company that I am willing to support.
- The board should be adaptable enough for me to attempt the odd flip trick if the urge hits me
For that I’ve decided to avoid the typical 40 year old 8.5 cruiser.
When I was a full on skate rat, I only ever rode board between 7.6-7.75. 7.75 was pretty much perfect seeing as I wasn’t a very technical skater but at least it was lighter than something over 8 and didn’t require changing trucks.
I remember chatting with French Fred while he filmed for Sorry and he was telling me about the huge boards Rowley and Arto rode (even bigger than those for sale to the general public) and sure enough, a year after Sorry came out it was very difficult to find boards under 8 inches.
I guess I got influenced by the trends and also felt like I should embrace my age by focussing on slappies instead of 360 flips and gradually moved my board sizes up to 8.25-8.4.
Anyway, I figured if I’m going to channel that younger version of me who had a little bag of tricks and could still huck down stuff, a 7.75 is where it’s at.
Over to you.