Things to look for, while purchasing the skateboards.
Planning to have skateboarding as a hobby, or a serious career? Then the first thing you need to do is to purchase a skateboard. So, can you buy a random skateboard? The answer is no. Before purchasing a skateboard, there are a few things you need to consider, and few parameters that you need to look for. Durometer, formula, and the size of the skateboard wheels, size of the entire skating board, the tail length, the length and width of the deck, etc., are some of the parameters, that you should know about, and look for, while purchasing a skateboard.
The skateboards have got different parts, and you must be aware of each part, before purchasing a skateboard. Sometimes, you may be comfortable with the deck, but may not be comfortable with the grip tape, and if you are comfortable with the grip tape, you may not be comfortable with the wheels. For all these reasons, the manufacturers allow you to customize your own skateboard. To customize your own skateboard, you must know about the different elements of a skateboard.
The durometer is the measure of the hardness of the wheel. If you are a beginner, and will be skating on smooth surfaces, then you should go for harder wheels. Softer wheels for ideal for street stunts, and for those who want have a firm grip on the board while skating. Usually, the experienced skaters go for softer wheels. Small diameter wheels are known for the grip and quick turns, while the large diameter wheels are known for speed and more acceleration.
Formula wise, the most popular material for the wheels is the urethane, as it is abrasion resistant. If your purpose is to take up skateboarding as a hobby, then you should go for a hard wheel with a bigger size. And, if you are planning to take it up as a career with stunts, tricks, etc., then small, soft wheels that are more durable, must be your choice.