Skate | Henrietta skates so you know, she knows, that you know, that she's got heaps of skateboards. She has a large selection of long boards, skateboard decks, skateboard trucks, skateboard completes, skateboard bearings and skate hardware so she always is going to have what you need whether your a little kid or big kid. Henrietta also focuses on having only the best quality skateboard products at her skate shop in Manly making Henrietta Skate one of Sydney's most loved skateboard stores.
Skateboards For Beginners | The first thing you want to consider when picking your first skateboard is what type of skating you want to use your skateboard for in the future. If you have been inspired by watching people shredding around Mona Vale bowl or Manly skate park than you want to get yourself a trick skateboard. If your only interest is to have a smooth, easy and nice ride along Manly beach and catch a sunset grab yourself a cruiser or long board. Henrietta 's skate shop in Manly also sell surf skate skateboards which are ideal for surf training. Once you have picked your style then if you follow a few rules you should get a skateboard perfect for you. Rule 1. The bigger the skateboard the easier the skate. Rule 2. The bigger the skateboard wheel the faster you go. Rule 3. If you don't have a trick skateboard don't go to the skate park because its not safe for yourself or others.
Skateboard Trucks | Henrietta only sells good quality trucks at her Sydney based skate shop because she understands that skateboard trucks are the longest lasting part of your skateboard. If you invest in a good set of trucks over time you will be grateful for how long they last and maintain their ability to grind and carve. Most of the trucks Henrietta sells are designed for tricks and are either Independent or Thunder branded. However she also stocks long board, penny and surf skate trucks for those wanting a smoother better carving skate.
Skateboard Wheels | Normally cruiser skateboards have big soft wheels that allow you to ride over rough surfaces with less resistance making yours skate more enjoyable with less vibrations. The downside to a cruiser wheel is that they are often higher off the ground, raising your center of gravity making it more difficult to balance. Another downside to skateboard cruiser wheels is that they are often softer making them grip more and harder to slide on. When you pick your skateboard wheels also keep in mind that the bigger your wheel is the faster you will go but the less stable you will be. That is why trick skateboards normally have a small hard wheel making them stable and good for sliding.
Skateboard Bearings | Without bearing you won't be getting very far on your skateboard. Skate bearings are round stainless steel parts that allow your wheels to rotate around your truck. It is often considered that the better quality your bearing the faster you will go. That is true assuming you are using the same quality of wheel. If you are value driven Henrietta recommends a Chinese stainless steel bearing however if you want to go faster for longer it might be worth getting a Swiss or ceramic set of bearings. Come down to Henrietta's in Manly to get some advice from a professional.
Skateboard Decks | Skateboard deck sizing is normally based off of someones personal preference. We have however noticed some trends that might help you work out what size works for you. Firstly a good rule to know is that the wider your skateboard deck is the more stable it will be. If you are using a skateboard for cruising, bowl skating or general transition skating we would recommend getting a wider deck. A narrower board will be lighter and easier to flip so these decks are normally used for street skating. A rough size guide to picking a trick skateboard deck size is as follows:
Kids under 5 years old - A mini skateboard. Kids between 5-7yo - A full sized deck 7.5" to 8.0" wide.
Adults and teenagers - A full sized deck 8.25-8.5" wide.
Brands Henrietta Loves | Passport, Anti-Hero, WKND, Palace, Thunder, Independent, Spitfire, Bones and much much more.