Best Skateboard Setup for Parks


Next in this series, the best skateboard setup for parks. Setups for parks require a bit of a different setup compared to street but there are a lot of similarities.

You need a slightly wider board but anything between 8.25″ and 8.5″ will work. Wheels should be slightly bigger between 54mm and 56mm, hardness around 99A and up. Trucks should be high but a medium hight also works.

Let’s look a bit into what would fit your style. Some like to do more technical tricks and others just like to ride. Remember, this is just a general guide.

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Skate Park Setup for Less Technical Skating

Skate parks usually consist of mini ramps, quarter pipes, banks, rails, etc. If you usually skip banks and rails look for a more flowy setup. If you want to cruise around a bit, do some turns on quarters and ride mini ramps and pools you need a stable ride.

  • 8.5″ deck with a mellow concave
  • Wheels between 56mm and 58mm
  • Wheel durometer should be between 100A and 84B (104A)
  • High trucks for turnability
  • Decent bearings

Wider Decks

In order to stay on your board and keep stability a wider deck is recommended. If you look around the park a bit you’ll see people ride all kinds of sizes but the dedicated pool and ramp riders usually have a wider deck.

Wider decks allow you to keep your feet on your board and help you to keep your balance when you carve around corners. A narrow deck will feel less stable and responds much faster. Make sure the concave is mellow, a high concave is for technical stuff and makes a board very responsive but also less stable.

Even the old school decks made a comeback but now they are a bit updated to modern standards. They added a bit of concave and the nose is now also slightly elevated, more like popsicle decks. Although these boards provide a lot of stability, they aren’t really suitable for technical tricks.

Larger & Hard Wheels

larger wheels are needed for speed and arguably provide more stability depending on the size of the contact patch. Wider contact patches provide more grip and prevent you from sliding when you didn’t account for it. When you’re pushing and pumping you need wheels that keep rolling. Inadequate wheels will make you exhausted.

skateboard wheel size and speed

As the image above explains, there is a correlation between wheel size and speed, though hardness also plays a huge part. Soft wheels will stick to the surface so avoid those. Go with anything between 100A and 84B (104A), these wheels are excellent for parks.

Trucks

Less technical park skating requires high trucks. This will allow for better carving because there’s more space between the wheels and your deck. Another benefit is that you can fit larger wheels. Obviously their width should match your board but they don’t have to align perfectly.

skateboard trucks height and matching wheel sizes

Make sure your trucks are loose for better turning around corners. Tight trucks aren’t very responsive when it comes to riding around corners. Adjusting the tightness of your trucks is half the battle although it might take some time to get used to it.

Quality Bearings

 I always advise going with Bones Reds because they are specifically designed for skateboarding and last for years. They’re not even that expensive and maintaining them properly will save you money in the long run. Make sure they are cleaned and lubed and do so every three or four months. It depends on how often you skate of course.

Skate Park Setup for Technical Skating

 People who like to skate technical probably already know what they need. I think it’s still a good idea to show a bit of the difference between flowy riders. You’ll probably be more inclined to skate quarter pipes, ollie, and flip gaps and banks, grind rails, etc. This requires a bit of a different setup compared to more flowy riders. It probably comes close to a street setup with a few minor differences.

  • 8.0″ 8.25″ deck with a medium-high concave
  • Wheels around 54mm
  • Durometer should be between 100A and 84B (104A)
  • Medium trucks
Deck size truck axle width Bearings Wheels size Suggested setup (links to evo.com)
8.0″ 139mm bones reds 52mm – 54mm Independent 139 or Thunder 147, Bones or Spitfire Wheels, Bones bearings, and any pro 8.0″ deck you like + griptape
8.25″ 149mm bones reds 52mm – 54mm Independent 144 or Thunder 148, Bones or Spitfire Wheels, Bones bearings, and any pro 8.25″ deck + griptape
8.5″ 159mm bones reds 52mm – 54mm Indy 149, Thunder 149, Bones or Spitfire Wheels, Bones bearings, and any pro 8.5″ deck + griptape

Deck Width

If you really want to go for the technical part of skateboarding I would suggest going for a narrow deck around 8.0″ with more concave. Just like street skating, you’ll need a responsive deck to be able to perform more technical tricks. More concave allows your board to react faster but it provides less balance.

A wider board behaves very differently in a pool compared to a narrow board.  This has to do with the concave (the way the board is shaped) and how wide it is. A narrow board is very responsive but provides less balance. Concave is about responsiveness vs stability. It’s easier to position your feet on a wide deck with a mellow concave compared to a narrow deck with a steeper concave.

Steeper concave decks are usually a bit stiffer and curvier along the width. The shape sort of locks your feet because of the curved edges around the deck. There less space for your feet in the middle but the ‘walls’ on the side allow you to flip of pop your board better.

Wheel Size

This is tricky. You don’t want to ride big wheels but also not something too small. Smaller wheels are more responsive, more forgiving, and easier to unlock from a when grinding a rail. Something in between is usually a good idea. You’re still able to maintain speed and don’t compromise too much on responsiveness. Just don’t go below 53mm, 54mm is probably the sweet spot but it’s up to you.

Like flowy riders you also need hard wheels between 99A and 84B to ride slick park surfaces efficiently. Softer wheels are not recommended as they have the tendency to bounce a lot when you’re trying to land a trick. this can result in landing primo or not landing your feet right when you catch your deck. We all know what can happen and breaking your deck is probably the least of your worries.

Recommended Setup

Here’s a recommended setup for transition skating, this is the setup I ride in parks. Same deck, wheels, trucks, and bearings the only difference is that my deck is 8.5 instead of the suggested blank 8.25″ below. I added a blank deck so you can pick your own favorite brand. Wheels around 54mm and 56mm/101A should be perfect. Check the table first if you want to get other trucks or a different size deck.

Santa Cruz Delfino Island Skateboard Deck - 8.25"
BONES Spines • 54mm • SPF 81B • Sidecut
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
Independent Stage 11 Size Polished Standard Skateboard, 144" - 8.25"
Santa Cruz Delfino Island Skateboard Deck - 8.25"
BONES Spines • 54mm • SPF 81B • Sidecut
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
Independent Stage 11 Size Polished Standard Skateboard, 144" - 8.25"
Price not available
Price not available
$17.95
$7.47
Price not available
Santa Cruz Delfino Island Skateboard Deck - 8.25"
Santa Cruz Delfino Island Skateboard Deck - 8.25"
Price not available
BONES Spines • 54mm • SPF 81B • Sidecut
BONES Spines • 54mm • SPF 81B • Sidecut
Price not available
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
$17.95
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
$7.47
Independent Stage 11 Size Polished Standard Skateboard, 144" - 8.25"
Independent Stage 11 Size Polished Standard Skateboard, 144" - 8.25"
Price not available
 

Trucks brands sizes and matching deck width
Deck width (Inches) 8.0″ – 8.49″ 8.5″ – 8.99″
CCS Trucks 139, 144 149, 159
Independent Trucks 139, 144 149, 159
Thunder Trucks 147, 148 149, 151
Tensor Trucks 5.35, 5.5 5.75
Venture Trucks 5.2 5.8

Conclusion

Skateboard setups for parks vary a lot depending on your style and preferences, some even get just ride a basic complete skateboard and still shred. You see all kinds of setups when you visit parks and what works for them may not work for you. If you never visited a park before make sure not to get in the way. Don’t camp on objects and keep your eyes open for other skaters. Being aware of your surroundings and not acting like a tool is probably the best advice is can give. 

Ask other skaters for tips if you’re a beginner. Usually, there are people around who gladly help you and love to give pointers. Start slow and gradually build up. You don’t have to drop in right away or feel pressured. Everyone was a beginner once and most skaters realize that. Being respectful will get you a long way.

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Ruben Vee

I 'm an aged skateboarder, but I still shred responsibly. I started skateboarding 25 years ago and I'm out there whenever I can.

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