Integral to the skill and sport of skateboarding is the skateboard itself. Within the manufactured product that is the completed board, there is the skateboard deck. Typically this is made from seven to nine-ply cross sectioned pieces of Canadian maple. However, this is only the general construction and at times, fiberglass, plastic, carbon fiber, aluminum, resin, bamboo, and even Kevlar is added to the construction process to increase rigidity and strength, while maintaining a lightweight skate deck. When considering the production process it is useful to consider the length and width of the deck. Typically, although not always, the board is between 7 to 10.5 inches across, while still being 28-33 inches in length.
Skateboard decks have been the most complicated portion of the skateboard production process as it requires bending and pressurizing, as well as gluing and setting. All in all, the process reveals a product that is flexible and malleable, but that retains its general shape even after numerous poundings on the pavement or on your favorite super pipe. However, pipes and bars can be the band of your board. If you grind the bottom of your board all day long, you could eat through and break the board. Maintaining the grip on your skateboard decks is always easy with the proper application of grip tape.