What is Longboard/Skateboard Camber & Rocker?

Camber & Rocker

The lengthwise (nose to tail) curve of your skateboard deck plays a significant role in how the deck feels. These are called either 'Camber' or 'Rocker'.

CAMBER

 

ROCKER

 

Longboard decks with a dropped middle are called rocker skateboards/longboards and those with a raised middle are known as camber skateboards/longboards. Camber means arched or raised. Rocker is simply that-if you put the deck on the bench with no wheels or anything else, it would rock like a cradle! The degree-height or depth of camber and rocker is typically mellow but even a subtle difference in shape can affect the flex of your board.
On a camber deck, there will be much more flex because of the higher center of gravity.

Rocker decks have a low center of gravity, and many riders find the dipped shape more comfortable to stand on and feel 'locked-in' on, giving confidence more rapidly. The minimal flex makes rocker boards a good choice for stability and predictability when riding. 

A camber can give a nice springy 'pump' when carving, but can be a little more complex when handling due to this (nothing too difficult though).

FLAT

The majority of longboard decks are flat-have no camber or rocker, though some cruisers and longboards feature camber-style decks.

CONCAVE (with a kicktail)

Then we get to the all time familiar concave decks with a kicktail. Concave gives a really nice feel under the feet, giving more sensation of grip and being more solidly connected on the board. Kicktals are great for handling steering, enabling the rider to lift the nose over anything plus shove the nose around a little harder for tighter turning.

 

It all comes down to personal preference, so give them all a try and take what you like! Check out the Anchor Plank store for some of these awesome options. Different horses for different courses really.

Cheers-Leigh.




Leigh Crouch
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