|Does Skateboard Size Matter? It Doesn't Really|
Seriously, it’s a matter of preference. In my teenage years I rode a 7.75 x 31.5 all the time. Then I bought an 8.25 x 32 and thought it was too big. I ended up buying a second board at 7.87 x 32 and that was good for a while. But now? I’m riding an 8 x 32. The 8 is a good middle ground for me. However, if you are going to be doing a lot of flip tricks, then I would suggest going down to 7.75 x 31.5 or so.
If you’re going to be hitting a bowl or going to hit vert, you should go with 8.5 x 31.5 or so. If you’re cruising the streets, then get a 9 x 31 or shorter. However, you can do just about anything with all of these boards.
Recently, I saw Braille Skateboarding put up a video on this topic. It’s something that I absolutely agree with. Aaron from Braille Skateboarding talks about the size differential and shows you how he skates with each different site. I can affirm that it’s definitely a positive. I ride an 8 when I skate, do flip tricks, and grind rails. If I’m going to hit a mini ramp, I’ll ride an 8.5. If I go for a longer ride, I ride a Krooked 9-inch cruiser. I'm 5'10" tall, and 225 pounds, and my shoe size is a size 12. I have different boards for different things.
Anyways, check out this video for more of an explanation.