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Choose the Correct Type of Skateboard

There are many different types of skateboarding. If you have gone to the skatepark, you will probably see a lot of street boards for skateboard tricks. If you are cycling or walking down a park and see someone cruising along the road, they are probably using a cruiserboard or a longboard. The anatomy of a skateboard is pretty much the same, only the specification is different. In order to choose the correct board, you must know what type of deck to buy. 

Understanding Skateboard Decks

A deck without question is the most important part of a skateboard. It pretty much holds everything together including you weight. When choosing your board, the first thing we look for is the length of the board. The chart below is a generic guideline for choosing the correct deck length. For street boards we usually look at the width as the length and shape is pretty much the same.

 Length of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners 
22" - 24" Cruiserboard 120 - 155cm
25" - 29" Cruiserboard 156 - 175cm
30" - 34" Cruiserboard 176 - 182cm
>35" Cruiserboard >183cm
33" - 34" Longboard 130 - 155cm
35" - 38" Longboard 156cm - 175cm
>39" Longboard >176cm

 Width of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners
~6.5" - 6.75" Street 120 - 140cm
~7" Street 141 - 150cm
~7.3" Street 151 - 178cm
>7.5" Street >179cm


You must be wondering why are the boards shaped differently. The chart below shows the most common shaped boards in the market.

Shape of Board Purpose
Freeriding: For those skating downhill that includes drifting, hand slides and aggressive maneuvers. The twin tip allows user to steer the board without the wheels touching the board.    
Cruising: For those who go from point A to B. A cruising deck usually is round and symmetrical. It also has a head and a tail. This allow different foot positions for better comfort while riding. 
Carving: They are narrower than boards for cruising. For those who require maximum maneuverability. They are wired to stop at high speed by performing a sharp directional change. The shape of the board allows the board to flex deeply without wheels touching the board.  
Freestyle: For those who wants to carve and do aggressive moves in tight street corners and cruise at the same time. 
Street/Stunt: Symmetrical all over. Standard board shape for those who do jumps and tricks. Most common in the skate parks and ramps.


When you shop for boards, not all are flat and there are reasons why. Now lets look at the different Deck Concave.

 Concave Purpose
Meant for those who want to do board walk or dance. 
Usually for those who like more bounce on the deck. The positive camber acts like a suspension.

For those who prefers the board to hold its original state. A negative camber has little or no flex at all 


Now lets look at deck mount

 Deck Mounts Purpose
Drop Through Mount: A hole cut out of the deck for the base plate of the truck to go through it. This design keeps users lower to the ground for more stability, easier pushing, and easier sliding. Usually comes with boards with twin tip to prevent wheel bite.
Top Mount: The most common mount. It gives the user more height off the ground for better turns and movements even at high speed.


Material of the Deck


Most common. Usually comes with 7 - 9 ply. The lesser the plys the lighter the deck. The more plys, the more durable. Maple is the most common material because it is the most rigid compared to the rest.


Bamboo is naturally a strong and flexible material. To "loosen" the rigidity of a deck, bamboo plys are added into a Maple board to add more flex into the board. Usually the first or the last ply of the deck.


Fiberglass is common added into bamboo or maple decks to decrease weight, increase stability and reduce flex.Fiberglass is hard so it keeps the deck in its original state even at high pressure.

Skateboard Wheels

Big vs Small

Big wheels are for cruising. It rolls over uneven terrain better and it is a lot faster. Small wheels keeps users lower to the ground for better stability and control.

Hard vs Soft

Hard wheels are a lot more durable and gives better lift for jumps. It is also good for longer slides as the grip is significantly reduce when the wheels are hard. Soft wheels gives better traction and a more comfortable ride.


Chaya is a roller derby and roller skate brand from Powerslide.

Over the past 4 years we have been working hard to perfect our product line ensuring we introduce unique and innovative designs unlike any other brand on the market.

Chaya’s image is clean, pure and focused.
Fully functional product with great design and style combining function and fashion.

After our success in Roller Derby and Park Skating, most recently we are excited to join the Roller Dancemovement.

The unique selling point for Chaya is the patented Dual Center Mount. For the first time ever you can put a roller skate together with just two screws, so no extra mounting and drilling work, no misplaced frames, and no discussion about forward or backward mount.



Dual Center Mounting

Advantages of DCM

Less hardware needed for the assembly

Plate position can be customized

Easier handling for the (online) shops – frame can be mounted by skaters


Chaya Derby Skates - the most aggressive skate to help you ace in indoor competitions!

Chaya Derby Skates


The Chaya Pearl has been the flagship of our roller derby collection since Day 1... The Pearl is a high end, high performance, light weight carbon boot that will truly take your game to the next level. Loved for its sleek look, unmatched heel lock, incomparable heat molding and extreme responsiveness. BUT WAIT ➡️ The Pearl has been UPGRADED and now showcases a lower cut shell and softer upper for added comfort. .

Combined with our off-set 20º Ophira aluminum plate - mounted via our unique DCM 2-point mounting system, juicewheels Java 92A and wicked bearings. You will feel an immediate increase in your performance. The Pearl is built to last and will see you through multiple seasons.


Chaya Lifestyle Skates - fastest way to get you from Point A to Point B!Chaya Lifestyle Skates

The Chaya Melrose Elite benefits from a padded high cut boot for superior comfort, our high performance Shari plate, Octo wheels Paseo, wicked Bearings ABEC 9 and our much loved Controller Toe Stop. This combination makes for an extra smooth, extremely comfortable and very responsive ride. This is the roller skate for long hours of cruising.  Other Colour Options available HERE


Chaya Park Roller Skates - Great for Outdoors, tricks and stunts in the skate park!Chaya Park Roller Skates 


The Chaya ‘Jump’ (Black) is a durable boot built for outdoor + street + park. The high cut sneaker fit boot is a combination of mesh and leather, providing great support alongside superior comfort. Extra features such as an extremely padded foam tongue and anatomically shaped ankle area ensure comfort throughout the longest and hardest of skating sessions.


Chaya Vintage skates - aesthetics still counts does it not!Chaya Vintage Skates


The Chaya Glide is the flagship of our Vintage roller skate collection and it’s easy to see why. This extremely comfortable and stylish mid-cut boot is the perfectly smooth ride you need for the roller disco, street or beach. This high fashion distressed denim look will make you the envy of your crew. You are sure to be noticed as you roll back in time to the good old days! .


The Powerslide SWELL is a revolutionary inline skate specially designed for intense fitness training. 

With the Powerslide SWELL collection it comes a whole new way to experience inline skating. It doesn’t only score with its extraordinary design, but also with perfect and comfortable fitting. The Swell skates are made for fast and intense skating and they will help you unleash your full potential, no matter if you skate for 5km or 42km, in perfectly paved tracks and rinks or in the city streets, you will experience skating as you never did before.






The skates are built in a unique and revolutionary manufacturing process. Powerslide SWELL skates come with a built-in liner which makes it the ultimate soft boot skate, providing unparalleled fit as well as being extremely comfortable and responsive.


For first time in a skate we are using a seamless Power knit sock-like upper in four of our models. This makes the boot extremely comfortable, resistant, breathable and lightweight.


The upper is lasted over a lightweight and anatomically shaped plastic shell with integrated ankle padding meaning there is no need for a liner so the upper and lining are a single layer of material.


All the Powerslide SWELL skates include our new patented 3-point mounting system specially designed to take 3-wheel skates to the next level of performance.


To reduce weight, improve stability, maneuverability, increase both speed and control as well as to maximize every skating stride, all the Powerslide SWELL skates are TRISKATES (3 wheel skates) which is the future of inline skating.


100, 110 and 125mm wheels provide a smooth ride over any surface. We have developed a special PU formula for all Powerslide SWELL wheels to guarantee high durability, unparalleled grip and maximum speed



The Powerslide SWELL skates feature WCD freespin bearings lubricated with light grease. They have a strong and solid steel cage and 7 steel balls which are honed and finished to perfection to guarantee a smooth and nice roll. WCD is the bearing of choice of the fastest man of the planet on inline skates: Bart Swings, professional speed skater and multiple world champion.






Globe Skateboard The Pearl Series

It’s not just a look, it’s a slick! In addition to the eye-catching appeal of these pearl based decks, they slide like ice on the stickiest of surfaces. Additionally, we’ve used pearlescent inlays and edge details like you might see on guitars and guitar picks across a series of high-end cruisers.





Daily fun from point A to B, Globe's Outsider 27" Cruiser Complete Skateboard comes pre-assembled and ready to shred right out of the box! Constructed with premium components offering a smooth ride while the bottom veneer is designed with Globe's signature Pearl Slick composition, a glossy underside that offers an enhanced slick slide turning curbs, rails, and ledges slide-able even without wax.



TRUCKS 5.25" Tensor Alloy Trucks
WHEELS Globe 60mm 80a wheels
DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-7 hardrock maple; Full concave
SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 27.125" x 8.25" x 14.5" wb







The Globe Inside 31" is broad board brusier for better control and stability. It comes with Tensor Alloy trucks and mid size wheels for a more enjoyable ride.



TRUCKS 5.25" Tensor Alloy Trucks
WHEELS Globe 60mm 80a wheels
DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-7 hardrock maple; Full concave
SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 31 x 9.25" x 16.75" wb


Trinity Three Point Mount

Trinity Three Point Mount


With bigger wheels the center of gravity of skates is higher, control and support are also more important. With bigger wheels the force gets higher too, more torque.

We at Powerslide, as the pioneers of big wheels are aware of these facts and looked for solutions to make skates not only faster, but also more secure, agile and easier to control.


A mounting that is as low as possible for ALL wheel sizes and setups.

To make the connection between the boot and frame more stable.

To add more control and better balance.


So we looked at different sports, fixations in different areas and at other disciplines of skating. Inline hockey frames use front wings forming a channel since ages for one reason:


Hockey is the fastest game in the world, and the lower skate is, the easier it is to maneuver, to handle and to control. This was our goal and mission for the new Trinity frame concept.

The construction of hockey skates inspired us to:


where we placed the two front mounting points outside of the frame using wings like in hockey frames

FORMING A DEEP GROOVED CHANNEL FOR THE WHEELS to keep center of gravity to the lowest possible. Precise engineering enables wheels to be less than 0.5 cm away from the boot.

INTEGRATE THE X-SLOT MOUNTING INTO OUR TRINITY 3-POINT MOUNTING frames as well. It gives the skater the opportunity to shift their frames to the front and back and even side wards, which enables them to customize the frame position under their boots to their skating skills and needs to optimize their performance.


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