Skateboarding is a fun way to get around, and it’s also great exercise. But how much weight can a skateboard hold? The answer will surprise you!
This blog post explores the various ways that skateboards are used for different types of transportation, including what type of rider they are best suited for. It also discusses the history of skateboards and some safety tips for beginners.
It can be challenging to find the right skateboard for your weight. Yet, with a bit of research and understanding of different types, it is not impossible! So here are some things you should know before purchasing one: how much does a board weigh? What size do I need? Is there anything else that will affect my decision-making process? In this article, we’ll cover all these topics, so get ready as our journey begins…
One of the more controversial topics among skateboarders is an essential but often overlooked detail- weight. Whether you are heavier or lighter, your body dynamics will be different and directly affect how fast or slow you can perform tricks.
Weighing in at 190 pounds myself, I am heavy enough to feel it when someone else boards with me who weighs 150 lbs; there’s no doubt that my board feels sluggish under their feet while they’re riding because much less force from them pushes down onto the ground than mine does just sitting still!
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Does weight matter when skateboarding?
I find this question comes up all over forums online, such as Reddit, where skaters share their experiences about being overweight themselves.
- You may be surprised to know that heavier people are better at skating. They can accelerate faster and help themselves stay on the board more quickly than their lighter counterparts. For heavy skaters to make sure they’re using a skateboard with enough support, it is essential that you always look out for weight limits in your product descriptions, so you don’t break anything!
- Skaters are all different shapes and sizes. Some people find it difficult to get on the board, while others can’t stay off of one! From high-level tricks that require more balance, like skateboarding stairs or double pops around a corner, to something as simple as using your body weight for momentum when skating downhill–skateboarders use every inch of their bodies to do what they love.
Also see: How much weight can a penny board hold
I was once at a skateboard park when I saw this kid who had broken the board’s weight limit. We all watched as he tried to pick it up, and we even cheered him on because that is what friends do!
I’ve seen many kids break boards with their sheer strength alone, but not often have I witnessed one go so far past the max poundage before breaking his penny board in half like spaghetti noodles.
We were rolling around at the County skate park when we saw a fat kid with his dad. I don’t know how much weight a penny board holds, but this one looked like it could take up to 180 pounds!
His father said that the boy was skateboarding for a long time, but then he decided to take his friend’s board instead. So when Jack showed up with this unfamiliar tool and an awkward stance on it, we all assumed things would be easy. Unfortunately, we were wrong–Jack performed tricks much more complex than before while clumsily trying to maintain balance in new shoes.
His father and we were a little worried. We have plenty of experience, so it was only natural that things could go wrong at any time during the skateboarding lesson. I told his dad about our opinion on how overweight he is for this kind of tool (a board).
But the guy said sarcastically, “Does weight really matter in skateboarding?” So, unfortunately, my fears came true when Jack started to descend one side like an expert! His foot slipped out from under him after doing some jump called Ollie. He landed badly on both boards, causing them to break entirely apart with all their bolts sticking up into the air as if they had exploded from overloading pressure–we rushed for help.
In this situation, a boy’s leg became dislocated. Luckily the injury was not too severe and came down to just a bad case of an awkward position. However, imagine if he had broken his bone or even experienced more severe injuries! This incident could have been instructive for both Jack and his father and everyone else around them who witnessed it happen.
So, let’s get this out of the way. Of course, any kind of sport is suitable for a lighter person; however, longboards are also an excellent alternative if you’re looking to lose some weight and enjoy the scenery as well! They can drive at high speed without feeling bogged down by their size or shape. And it helps that your muscles remain in constant tension during use – ensuring they stay strong!
Comparison of Weight and Skate Types
We all need to have a sense of balance. The stability and control you’ll get with your skateboard when the deck is long enough will help ensure that your feet stay on top, not sliding off either end where they can be hurt by pavement or other obstacles along the way. When choosing a tool for riding around town – whether it’s skating up hills or navigating tight turns in city streets – size matters!
Skateboards come in different sizes because some people are heavier than others, so boards also vary depending on how much weight (in pounds) someone can carry. Here is a small table of comparison:
Type Deck Length Weight Limit Limit in kg
Skateboard 28” – 33” 220 Ibs 99
Longboard 32” – 58” 260 - 300 Ibs 117 – 136
Pennyboard 22” – 27” 180 Ibs 81
Electric Skateboard Around 38” 200 - 330 Ibs 90 – 150
It’s clear from the above table that skateboards come in many different sizes and weight allowances. The size of the skateboard affects how much weight it can handle, with larger boards being able to support more weight than a smaller one. For example, an average-sized board has a max load capacity range of 100-150 Ibs, while some have been known to carry up to 200 lbs to 220lbs.
How Much Weight Can a Skateboard Wheel Hold?
Skate wheels are a vital part of any skateboard. Skaters usually buy them separately from the board and select by stiffness, size, and quality; this is where all the weight falls on during rides.
Researchers have found that a skateboard can only support 220 pounds. So it is essential to know if you are planning on buying one. Manufacturers don’t recommend them for people who weigh more than 220 lbs. Infections emphasize limiting skateboarding to mentioned weight for safety purposes. But they make longboards that may be the wiser choice in these cases as many boards allow up to 350lbs.
How Much Weight Can a Longboard Hold?
A longboard has :
- Larger size
- Longest deck
- Pretty Strong trucks
- Longer in length wheel bases
Longboards have been around for centuries. Initially, they were made of wood and carried a weight limit from 260-300 pounds. Still, recently with advances in technology, boards are now also available as a plastic alternative that holds lower capacities ranging between 180 to 220 pounds.
You would want this type because it allows you to travel long distances without getting tired due to its lighter weight – even if your skateboard tricks may be limited!
However, consult experts before purchasing one because their advice will help determine what board works best for both your body size and comfort level, so make sure not to buy anything too small or large based on these factors.
Penny Board Max Weight
Penny boards are a great way to learn the basics of skateboarding without investing too much. The main disadvantage with this board is that they cannot handle larger riders well, so be sure you don’t weigh more than 180 pounds if you do want one. If not, or if your heavier weight becomes an issue down the line, there are plenty of other options for penny boards available on the market!
What is the Average Weight?
An average penny board weighs about 3 kgs and is 1 to 15 cm thick; this ranges depending on your specific needs. Maneuvering a skate often depends on whether you are used to pushing it around when riding downhill mountain slopes with an incline of fewer than 10 degrees (the most common type). It can bear between 1kg to 15.5 kg.
Board-wise, I wouldn’t say that’s too heavy because boards are made from materials like aluminum–which has a density comparable also found in soda cans–(about 2 g/cm³) which means they’re relatively light!
So I have outline all of your skateboard needs and weight-related questions. Then, you can choose which one is best for your weight and needs and what level skater you are- beginner or intermediate.
A board with less length will weigh less than a longer board, so it’s good if someone has issues breaking balance like me! For beginners, they should look into getting on an 8″ deck because these boards have a lower risk of injury due to their lightness and shorter size.
Andy is a researcher and skateboard fan. Love to spend his time in skateparks and maintaining his skateboards, electric skateboards, and hoverboards. When he is not in the field, you can find him in front of his PC writing about skateboarding to help other people with in-depth reviews.