Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Skateboard

Whether you want to perform stunts or just need to get from point A to B, a skateboard can do it all.

Close up of someone skateboarding
Even if you’ve never skateboarded in your life, there are board designs and materials that can help you through the learning curve.Unsplash/Shawn Henry

If you’ve seen a lot of skateboarding on TV or in the movies, you might only be familiar with the classic, concave-shaped boards. While that style remains extremely popular, there are a lot of different skateboards available. Some are made for cruising the streets, some for shredding skate-parks, and some are for kids and beginners who are more likely to be dishing out a lot of abuse on their boards as they learn the fundamentals.

WhiteFang Skateboards for Beginners, Complete Skateboard 31 x 7.88, 7 Layer Canadian Maple Double Kick Concave Standard and Tricks Skateboards for Kids and Beginners
The sandpaper surface on this model helps grip shoes.WhiteFang

If you want to eventually get to the place where you can do the same tricks you see the pros do on TV and in movies, you’ll want a double-kick board. That means both the nose and tail of the board scoop upwards, allowing you to master every trick under the sun, from ollies to nollies and kickflips. These boards are at home in skateparks and half-pipes, but they’re okay for getting around, too.

Meketec Skateboards Complete 22 Inch Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard for Kids Boys Youths Beginners
This model weighs four pounds but can support 200.Meketec

A plastic skateboard deck provides an exceptionally smooth ride because of the way the materials dampen vibration, which is great for kids who are just learning to ride. They’re also extremely durable and won’t chip the way a wood deck can. Most plastic boards also have a single kick in the back so they’re better suited for getting around as opposed to doing tricks.

Magneto Mini Cruiser Skateboard Cruiser | Short Board | Canadian Maple Deck - Designed for Kids, Teens and Adults
The wheels on this model are designed for a smooth ride.Magneto

You might think of cruiser boards as commuter boards. They’re shaped for directional travel, built for as smooth a ride as possible, and frequently have larger and/or thicker wheels to allow them to better handle bumps and imperfections in the pavement. They’re great for getting from point A to point B.