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Perfect skateboard­s for all types of shredders

WHETHER YOU WANT TO BUST TRICKS OR JUST CRUISE AROUND, THERE’S A SKATEBOARD THAT’LL GET YOU SHREDDING. (DON’T FORGET YOUR PADS, HELMET, AND VANS SLIP-ONS.)

- by ROB VERGER

 For indoors

The Revolution Core 32 helps hone your balancing skills. Perching on the 32-inch board atop the weighted roller is a challenge, but you can work your way up to rocking back and forth or even nailing rad kickflips.

For commuting 

The electric Onewheel Pint can hit 16 mph and travel up to 8 miles on one charge. Internal accelerome­ters and gyros measure your motion, so its motor knows how to help keep you upright.

For tricks

The upward bends, or kicktails, at each end make the 8-inch-wide Alien Workshop ride a skate park staple. Push the rear tail into the ground with your foot to launch yourself skyward. (That’s called an ollie.)

For lengthy rides

At 3 feet long and 8.4 inches wide, there’s plenty of room on the maple-and-rosewood deck of Arbor’s Fish Groundswel­l board. All that space makes it easy to switch stances during an extended cruise.

For short rides

Small enough to carry in a deep backpack, the 22-inch Penny Australia has a sturdy, molded plastic deck with a textured waffle pattern for traction. No gritty tape means it won’t scuff your bag or clothes.

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