WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT SIZES AVAILABLE, IT CAN BE TRICKY DECIDING WHICH BOARD IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Buying your first (or even second!) skateboard can be confusing. A complete skateboard is always the best option for a beginner, as this offers all the components needed to get you up and rolling straight away. Here we’ll take a look at some different boards to see which is best suited for you!
SKATEBOARDS FOR KIDS 6-9 YEARS OLD
There’s no defined age of which is right to start skateboarding, however 6 years old is often seen as a suitable age for someone to start finding their feet, providing the right safety gear is worn.
At this age, a child should be riding a ‘Mini’ Skateboard. A mini skateboard is often classed as any board that is shorter than 31” in length, or is less than 7.5” wide. The trucks and wheels are scaled down to be proportionate to the board size with mini skateboarders, creating a smaller, lighter board.
SKATEBOARDS FOR KIDS 9-13 YEARS OLD
By 9 years, a child should be ready to move up to a full-size skateboard. A full-size skateboard should be 31” or longer and be wider than 7.5”. Full-size boards range up to around 8.5” typically, however for the younger skater, anything between 7.5” and 8.0” wide would be ideal.
Narrow boards are easier to flip and pop, whereas wider boards offer more stability and more room to land tricks on. Because of this, narrower boards are more suited towards street skating and wider boards are more suited to ramp or park skating.
As always, it’s best to try a few different boards to find which one you are most comfortable with before settling on one. You can take a look at our range of full-sized boards between 7.5” and 8.0” here!
SKATEBOARDS FOR KIDS 13+ YEARS OLD
Any board between 8.0” and 8.5” inches would be suitable for this age. The same rule applies here as to board width and style – a narrower board is more suited to street skating and a wider board is more suited to a skate park/ramps.
For more advanced skateboarders at this age, custom skateboards are also an option. Although a full set-up would be slightly more expensive, this allows the rider to fully customise their board, tailoring to their exact preferences.
Again, there are plenty of different board shapes and sizes available between these widths, so trying out a few different boards to find out what you’re most comfortable with is always a good idea. You can shop all complete skateboards between 8" and 8.5" here.
For more help and advice with building a custom skateboard check out our range of guides to parts here –