When I started researching to buy a Penny Skateboard, I was confused about which one to get.
In fact, I had no idea they offered more than one size.
But, they actually have 5 different penny board sizes.
I bought each size and tested them. Now I want to share my experience to help you decide which is right for you.
Where To Buy?
Check your local shop and see if you can buy it through them. It’s always good to support local.
I bought mine from here.
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I made a video that goes over each size if you'd rather watch than read.
The first thing you want to do is determine what size is ideal for you.
Everyone has different preferences, so this part is vital. Below I'll cover each penny board size.
22″ Penny Board
Check my penny board review
Length: 22“ (55.88cm)
Width: 5.75“ (14.60cm)
Wheelbase: 14“ (35.56cm)
Note: We measure wheelbase from the center of one truck axle to the other.
The 22″ is their most popular size and what most people envision when they think of a penny board. It's the smallest out of all the boards they offer.
It's tough to recommend this since it's so tiny. In my opinion, there's not enough deck to feel stable. Although if you need something that's super portable then you might want to consider it.
Often you'll see people on college campus's riding these since they're easy to stash under your desk.
27″ Nickel Board
Check my nickel board review
Length: 27“ (68.58cm)
Width: 7.5“ (19.05cm)
Wheelbase: 17.25“ (43.81cm)
This is the same shape as the traditional 22″ Penny, however, it's 5″ longer.
It's a better option for most people because that extra 5″ really allows you to balance easier. This is commonly referred to as the Nickel board since it's the step up from the Penny.
I'd recommend the Nickel board for anyone that wants that classic Penny board look, but with more deck space. This one is a lot easier to ride than the 22″ Penny.
29″ Surf Skate
Check my surfskate review
Length: 29“ (73.66cm)
Width: 10.25“ (26.03cm)
Wheelbase: 17.5“ (44.45cm)
The next board they offer is their 29″ surfskate.
They partnered with Waterborne Skateboards, using their patented surf adapter on the front. This allows you to do insanely sharp carves, making it feel more like surfing.
This is my personal favorite because I love to surf, but it's not a board for everyone. I'd recommend it to someone that wants a more affordable surfskate complete.
It's definitely not a board to use as your everyday cruiser.
Check my 32″ skateboard review
Length: 32“ (81.28cm)
Width: 8.5“ (21.59cm)
Wheelbase: 17.5“ (44.45cm)
Their 32″ board is the closest option to a traditional skateboard. It has a defined nose and tail, giving you the ability to do basic tricks.
I'd recommend this board if you like the Penny look but want something a little more versatile. The main downside is that the plastic deck flexes when you go to pop up.
So, if you want to learn to do tricks, I'd recommend going with a wooden traditional skateboard.
Check my 36″ longboard review
Length: 36“ (91.44cm)
Width: 9.5“ (24.13cm)
Wheelbase: 26“ (66.04cm)
And the final model Penny Skateboards offers is their 36″ longboard.
If you want to get the most speed and maintain your stability, this is the best option.
It's a completely different shape than their traditional 22″ & 27″, but it still serves a purpose. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants something to cruise around on. This board is the easiest to ride out of all their boards.
Which Penny To Get?
Now, the question you're probably wondering. Which Penny board should you get?
I'm gonna go over a few scenarios to help make your decision easier.
For the younger kids
For the younger kids, every board will be just fine. However, I'd probably go with the 22″ Penny board since it's the tiniest.
If you want to cruise…
If you're just looking for a board to cruise around town on. Something to get you from point A to point B, then the 36″ longboard will be your best option.
It's going to cruise over pebbles and cracks like a champ. And since it has the most deck space, you'll be able to have the best balance on it.
If you want to do tricks…
If you want something that feels most like a traditional skateboard, then the 32″ board is a solid option.
Because of the tail and nose, you can perform tricks (somewhat similar) to a real skateboard. Plus it's a good option as a cruiser since it has more deck than the 22″/27″.
If you're a surfer…
And finally, for those that want something that feels most similar to surfing, the 29″ High-Line SurfSkate is your best option.
Thanks to the Waterborne adapter, this thing can turn on a dime.
This is my personal favorite since I can practice my pumping and cutbacks when the waves are flat.