• What board should I get?

    Well, there are all kinds of skateboards for all the different skateboarding styles. There are longboards for cruising and commuting and there are longboards for speed and racing. There are short boards for street tricks and skate park riding and there are boards for vert riding. There are also hybrids that give you a nice longboard ride with the functional nose and tail of a shortboard. Basically, there is a board for every style of riding and everything in between The trick is to find out what style of riding you want to do, then you can start to narrow it down from there. If you are a beginner, then going with a longboard is probably the best choice. A longer deck is more stable. It will allow you to have a more comfortable shoulder width stance. And the board will have bigger, softer wheels that will carry you speed a lot further and smooth out the ride. Once you experience the smooth, carving, flowing longboard ride you'll be hooked on skateboarding and will soon be adding to your quiver of boards.

  • What are your boards made of?

    Well, most skateboards are made from maple veneers which have been glued and pressed together to form the decks. That's the simple answer. The complicated answer is that we use a wide variety of materials to make a wide verity of skateboards. For example: bamboo, fiberglass and carbon fiber.

  • Where is the Sector 9 factory?

    Sector 9 has been handcrafting skateboards in San Diego, CA since 1993.

  • I’m a heavier or taller rider. Which board whould I go with?

    Well, if you are over say 225, you should definitely consider the strength of your boards as a priority. Some decks have more plies of wood and this makes then stronger. Others incorporate composite material into them. Fiberglass and carbon fiber add to the strength of a deck while keeping the deck light. For taller rider, you guys tend to have larger feet, so the width of your deck will be important. You will probably be happier on a wider deck that will accommodate your feet better. Look for something in the 9'-10' width range. Again, any board can be ridden by any person, it's finding the one that you feel comfortable on that is important.

  • How should I stand on a skateboard

    Upright would be the simplest answer. But just like everything else, it goes a bit deeper than that. First are you goofy foot or regular foot? This is defined by what foot you prefer to have as your front foot. Most people tend to favor one foot forward versus the other. Left foot forward is considered ?regular foot' and right foot forward is considered ?goofy foot' As to which is the right way to stand will be a battle for the ages. And don't even start to get into the whole ?mongo' thing.

    Once you figured that out, then foot placement is probably the next step?get it next step?...anyhow, you will tend to stand with your front foot just behind the front truck and your back foot at about a shoulder width stance. When riding your front foot will be at about a 45 degree angle to the edge of the board. When you step off with your back foot to push, you'll transfer your weight to your front foot and it will probably pivot so that your toes will point more towards the nose of the board. Step off and give a push or two and step back on the board. There, you're cruising?and you're going.