Here is a quick run through of what to look for in buying that first skateboard complete.
The first question we get asked here at Fuel Clothing Co is, what age is best to start skating?
Well there is no correct answer on this one. Some companies suggest 5 yrs old is a good time to start. Here at Fuel we would say if they can walk, run and fall down without completely losing it, they qualify.
Next, you have to decide if you are going to take them to the skate park or will this be more of a cruising around type of board.
The cruiser is a more smooth riding option for the footpaths, along the beach front or rolling around the neighborhood. A cruiser has bigger wheels and will roll over any small cracks or pebbles without coming to an abrupt stop. This is great for learning balance, turning and gaining confidence. These will last for years as they may go back and forth between street and cruiser styles.
The wood vs plastic battle still goes on. Penny Skateboards have developed a small stiffer version of the 1970's plastics I had as a kid. These ride surprisingly well for their small stature and are a great smaller option. These are small (only 22"), easy to carry around, can be treated pretty badly and still keep rolling. So great for that little one who doesn't always put their things away. Z-Flex is an absolute Icon in Skateboarding with the original Team including Jay Adams, Tony Hawk and Stacey Peralta. The wood deck is stiffer, a bit bigger at 27" and more stable for the bigger rider. This is a great option if the bigger family members (ie Dad) want to hop on for a roll.
The Standard or trick board is mostly used at skate parks and obstacle based riding, called street skating. If your kids wants to learn how to Ollie, Kickflip or Boardslide, this is the option you are chasing. They can still ride these around the neighborhood with their mates but they are bit more work to push around.
We offer several quality choices for all sorts of ages and sizes. Here is a super quick guide .
For skaters 8 years or younger
Micro Deck 6.5" – 6.75" or Mini Deck : 7.0"-7.5"
For skaters 9-13 years old
Deck Size 7.5"- 8.25"
For a more detailed guide check out our "How to choose a deck" blog and Video coming soon.
I hope this helps out a bit with your selection. If you have any questions, feel free to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org