Are you wondering what a twin tail or twin nose skateboard deck is? Well you have come to the right place. Twin tail and twin nose skateboard decks are not a new thing but they have been gaining more popularity since professional skateboarders like Ishod Wair and Neen Williams have turned to riding them.

In the past it was hard (but not entirely impossible) to find twin tail or symmetrical-style skateboard decks at the local skate shop. But now thanks to the pro-skateboarders mentioned above like Ishod and Neen, us regular skaters can easily find and purchase one of their pro model twins.

What Is The Difference Between A Regular Skateboard And A Twin Nose Or Twin Tail Skateboard?

Let’s discuss what the difference is between a regular skateboard deck and both the twin-tail skateboard and the twin-nose skateboard deck along with their advantages.

Regular Skateboard Deck


First let’s talk about a regular popsicle shaped skateboard deck which has both a nose and a tail. The nose on a regular deck is usually broader and a little steeper than the tail kick. Also, the tail on a regular skateboard deck is slightly smaller. This is the most common design you will find in a skateboard deck these days.

Most skateboarders ride this design because there are advantages when doing nollie tricks; the nose will hit the ground slower which is referred to as the “snap” and help with popping the skateboard higher because the tail of the board is brought up higher.

What Is A Twin Tail Skateboard Deck?

A twin tail skateboard deck has two kicks that are completely the same. Both ends of the skateboard deck are “symmetrical” in both shape and pitch. This means you can skate it either way without a designated nose or tail.

There is only one professional skateboarder I know of who rides a twin tail skateboard deck and that is Ishod Wair.

Ishod says when riding a regular board that he would sometimes whiff the pop on his nollie or switch rail tricks. Although he could potentially pop higher off the nose he said it was a more uncomfortable stance than if he was to pop from his tail due to the tail hitting the ground faster resulting in a more consistent snap. Wair says he would prefer a more consistent pop or snap from the smaller tail and it also helps at getting better at popping switch and nollie.

What Is A Twin Nose Skateboard Deck?

A twin tail skateboard deck has two kicks that are completely the same. Both ends of the skateboard deck are “symmetrical” in both shape and pitch. This means you can skate it either way without a designated nose or tail.

There is also only one professional skateboarder I know of who rides a twin nose skateboard deck and that is Neen Williams.

Neen says by riding a twin nose it gives him more pop and it is snappier and faster, especially when skating flat ground. Neen also says the twin nose opens up a whole new world when doing lines because you don’t have to worry about which way the board is facing, making it more versatile and a lot easier to do nose and tail slides. Neen’s twin nose has slightly longer and steeper kicks compared to Ishod’s twin tail and he says the total length of a twin nose is slightly longer than a regular skateboard deck or a twin tail skateboard deck.

Which Skateboard Should You Ride?

The twin tail and twin nose skateboard decks with “symmetrical” kicks are gaining popularity due to their versatility of being able to be ridden either way. However, regular skateboard decks (those with a slightly steeper, longer nose and a shorter less-steep tail) are still by far the most popular on the market. It really comes down to personal preference and your riding style. There are advantages and disadvantages to both but you won’t know if you like the alternative choices if you don’t try them out so I highly recommend giving it a shot.


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