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Whether you want to bust tricks or just cruise around, there’s a skateboard that’ll get you moving. These half-dozen options are perfect for different kinds of rides.
The Revolution Core 32 helps hone your balancing skills. Perching on the 32-inch board atop the weighted roller is a challenge, but you can work your way up to rocking back and forth or even nailing rad kickflips.
The upward bends, or kicktails, at each end make the 8-inch-wide Alien Workshop ride a skate park staple. Push the rear tail into the ground with your foot to launch yourself skyward. (That’s called an ollie.)
For lengthy rides
At 3 feet long and 8.4 inches wide, there’s plenty of room on the maple-and-rosewood deck of Arbor’s Fish Groundswell board. All that space makes it easy to switch stances during an extended cruise.
For short rides
Small enough to carry in a deep backpack, the 22-inch Penny Australia has a sturdy, molded plastic deck with a textured waffle pattern for traction. No gritty tape means it won’t scuff your bag or clothes.
This story appeared in the Summer 2020, Play issue of Popular Science.