Creator Kits come in two sizes and have a variety of applications. Here are some things to consider when choosing a size and platform.
What Are You Balancing On?
- We provide a 3" solid ball which creates a sharp pivot point compared to a roller.
- The sharper the pivot point the more chance for the standing platform to flex.
- A high quality and strength wood is best.
What Type Of Balance Board Do You Want?
- Skate Kit:
- Only kit that will fit a skateboard deck.
- Great for small kids and toddlers who are growing.
- Small amount of ride space for beginners or those wanting to confine the ball.
- Starter Kit:
- Larger riding space in width and length.
- Great for beginners who desire a larger standing platform.
- Great for kids who are still growing or are in small sized shoes.
What Material Do I Use To Build My Balance Board?
- We suggest using a strong plywood such as birch or maple.
- Check with the manufacturer if all layers are the same wood or have different core woods.
- Woods that have voids or softer wood ply within will be weaker and cause more board flex.
- We do not recommend using composite woods such as particleboard or medium density fiberboard (MDF).
How Thick Should I Make My Balance Board?
- All Starter boards are made with an 11 ply 5/8" thickness.
- We suggest you choose at least an 11 ply if you are under 220 lbs.
- If you weight more than 220 lbs we suggest a thicker ply.
- If using a wood that is structurally weaker than birch or maple ply we suggest a 13 or 15 ply.
How Big Should I Make My Balance Board?
- We leave a minimum of 4" from the rail to board end for your foot.
- Consider giving yourself enough room to stand over the rail without slipping off the board.
- We suggest making the board length at least 8" longer than your desired rail length.
- We suggest making the board width at least 6" wider than the rail width.
How Does Perimeter Shape Effect The Ride?
- Egg shape creates a faster transition to the ends.
- Turning the board is easy do to less weight at the ends.
- Pointed nose:
- Surf style shape cuts more weight off the end to make it lighter.
- Carving turns is fast and easy.
- Rides with an even distribution throughout the nose, middle, and tail.
- Carving turns is slow and can be "clunky" feeling.
- Feels completely centered in the middle.
- Will ground forward and backward with ease due to shape.
How Does Board Rocker Or Flatness Effect The Ride?
- A flat board platform is completely predictable, smooth and consistent.
- Rocker along the length of the board creates a fast transition to the ends of the board.
- Rocker also feels more natural to the hips when riding.
How Does Board Concave Effect The Ride?
- Skateboards with concave have curvature along the width of the board.
- This creates a sharp angle is difficult to keep the board centered over the ball.
- Your ankles and feet will fatigue from riding the front or back edge.
- This is the most difficult to ride.
How Does Board Concave Effect The Rail Attachment?
- We suggest using clamps to hold the rail to the board during assembly.
- We suggest using the middle of the skateboard deck.
- The rail will flex slightly but will not be able to bend on the curvature of the nose or tail.