Picking your first skateboard
I am often asked to give my opinion on the best skateboard for beginners. Therefore, in this blog I will be explaining the different types of skateboards
that you can buy and how to know which one is perfect for you.
For ages under seven
If you are looking to buy for someone who is under 7, it is recommended to go for a smaller skateboard in both width and length. A good start size would be 7.25 or 7.5 inches wide. For the complete to be suited to the age group should normally be shorter and smaller to allow a more even weight distribution, providing a sturdier platform to learn on.
For ages seven to 15.
A good size board to start with for this age group would be a 7.75 to 8.25 inches. This will be a little longer than the previous complete. As the board is larger, it again allows for better weight distribution to keep the board steadier for easier learning progression.
For ages 15+
If you are a little bit older and just starting up skateboarding, an 8 to 9 inch wide deck is probably the best to start with. These sizes will help you feel a lot more comfortable and stable on the board and will give you a lot more room to fit your feet, allowing faster progression in learning the basics. Once you get really comfortable on the board you can try different sizes to see if you like them more or to see if they fit your skating style more.
I have many different sizes of completes and decks in my shop at Fargo Village, Coventry. Feel free to drop in and have a chat about which boards you like and what you prefer to get started with. A few brands that I would recommend are Fracture, Toy Machine and Habitat. These brands will always give you some good quality completes. I would not recommend buying a complete from the leading retail toy shops or marketplaces like eBay or Amazon as they produce quality lacking items that do not help you progress in learning. It is best to invest in a good quality item that allows progression and is built to be stable.
Again, feel free to pop in to the shop and talk to me and ask me any questions you have in regards to buying your first skateboard. Alternatively, you can contact me via the ‘contact us’ form on my website!