Who Are They?
Sector 9 has actually been in the skateboard industry for a long time. They were founded in 1993. Their fans, including riders, employees, or friends, call themselves 9’ers. Pretty cool, in our opinion!
They rock the longboard category! What their boards aim to do is to give riders that same exhilarating feeling when they surf the waves. That is, built for surfers, by surfers.
They don’t play funny games with your money. A thing that we know for sure is that they make really great-quality and high-end boards. You won’t find any Sector 9 boards that are priced less than $100. For such price tags, their delivery certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Many pros like singer Bob Marley love this brand. They use exclusive photography from Ray Collins on their boards, too! As of now, they carry over 7 collections with very unique series.
Definitely, a great and reliable choice if you’re just starting out!
Sector 9 Longboards Overview
Most of their longboards are made from high-quality 7-ply maple. You’ll find a wide variety of selections for various purposes.
They have some specifically designed for carving like the Bonsai longboard. Others are made for downhill racing, commuting, cruising, or even doing tricks.
As a first-timer, the best advice we could give you is to look for cruiser longboards. They are perfect for beginners because they are easy to learn and steer. Even if you’re not very athletic or have good balance, you’ll get used to the board in about a week or so.
Sector 9 also carries a wide range of components and accessories. So, you don’t have to worry in case your board has some problems. You’ll find spare parts super easy.
If you’re still scratching your head thinking which one you should get, read the next section below. We’ve picked one specifically for beginners. And we think you’re going to like it!
Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36″
Okay, excuse the long name! This is basically a complete longboard. What it means is that there are many functions packed into this cool little thing. Why do we think it’s great for beginners? Well, let’s see now!
What many newbies struggle with most is deciding what to do with their board. They usually jump back and forth between thoughts like, “Oh, I want it for downhill racing”, or maybe “I may want it for cruising some other time”
This Sector 9 complete longboard solves all of those questions for you. For beginners who want to cruise on their board, you can easily do so. For those who love speedy racing, also go ahead and enjoy. And for the daredevils who love tricks, show us what you’ve got on your board!
This can be a great first board for beginners to learn their first moves. As they progress on their skills level, they don’t need to change or upgrade to a more expensive board. Plus, getting used to a high-quality board early on will help you spot bad ones the minute you look at them.
Although the upfront cost is high, you can consider this a worthwhile investment that pays the rewards over time. Now, you may be wondering: How are they able to do all this with just a single board?
To be brutally honest, it’s their specialty. On this Sidewinder, you’ll find a drop-through deck. This prevents any unwanted wheel bites that could cause sudden stops injuring you or damaging the board.
The length of this deck is 36 inches. It’s much longer than penny boards and just about the right size for a beginner. It’s not too heavy, really. You can definitely manage it.
This thing turns on a dime. It’s fast and fun. You can definitely do some camera-worthy slides and turns on it. Learning to do tricks on it feels pretty amazing as well. You don’t have to worry about your board getting snapped in half or breaks under pressure. The board performs really well.
What we didn’t like
For a $100 – $200 board, we would expect a much better paint job. The board does chip quite easily after we do some gnarly tricks. However, who cares about the paint, right? Maybe. But, if this is a small thing for you, it’s definitely negligible.
Most of Sector 9 boards have ABEC 5-rated bearings. ABEC 5 is pretty much the industry standard for most boards. They are fast, reliable, and reasonably priced.
Compared to ABEC 9 or ABEC 11, these bearings are a bit slower. For longboards, we think they tend to suck when going at very slow speeds. What we would love to see are some higher-rated bearings on the board. That’s the only point we think Sector 9 could improve.
Other than that, this is a great all-around board that’s certainly worth every penny for beginners and even advanced riders.
3 Tips You Should Know
- Don’t leave any air bubbles on the surface of your grip tape
- Don’t throw away an old board because it’s gone slow. Change the bearings!
- Spacers are generally not necessary for longboards & may prevent smooth rolling
Have you been able to decide which board is right for you at this point? We certainly hope the post was helpful to you. A longboard is a very good option for beginners. And Sector 9 dominates the longboard segment.
Our pick is the Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder that you’ve seen above. But feel free to check out any other collections or series you like. With this brand, you for sure won’t be disappointed! Have fun boarding!