Skateboarding has a trendsetting history and is often considered one of the coolest extreme sports. It’s therefore no wonder that every kid goes through a ‘skater’ fad, deciding they want a skatebord and some baggy jeans. I know I certainly did!
This parent guide will break down the different types of skateboards available and give recommendations on the best kids skateboards around, comparing them on useability, durability and value for money.
Top tip: Avoid any cheap skateboards that feature characters from TV or games – these are usually poorly made and break easily. Spend a little more and get something that will last!
The 3 main styles of skateboard
This is the most common type of skateboard, it’s rounded risen ends give it a shape suitable for tricks. This type of board is great for children who want to learn how to do tricks and generally have a play around. The wheels are small, so it is suited to skating short distances quickly. Perfect for a skatepark.
Longboard/Retro Style Board
These boards have a longer deck and larger wheels, thus making them perfect for travelling long distances. The shape of them differs, but they usually have a pintail design, which restricts the type of tricks you can perform when riding. Best for cruising from A to B, in style.
A relatively new development in the skateboarding world, the Snakeboard has two wheels, and instead of being powered by kick-push, it’s completely reliant on the skater’s momentum. The movement is very different from regular skating, with a transfer of energy, driven by the hips, propelling the board in any direction the rider desires. Great for flat open spaces.
Here’s our pick of 5 top skateboards for kids:
A complete skateboard set up designed with kids in mind. Well built, this board has a bright graphic on the underside. The RRP is £35 however, it’s been reduced well below this on Amazon. A great first board for budding skaters that doesn’t break the bank.
The No1 snakeboard company Razor RipStick has seen huge success recently. Their boards start at around £45 on Amazon, but price varies dependent on colour. If something a little different is what you’re after then look no further. Tip: Beware of imitations, they are usually built with much lower materials.
A really smooth looking and even smoother riding longboard. The wide trucks and larger wheels mean cruising is effortless. Longboards can be a little more expensive than other boards, but it’s worth spending a little extra, a good board will last a lifetime.
A basic skatebord perfect for learning tricks and the basics of street and vert skating. Renner Boards are durable and great value, supplying professional skaters the world over. Although the boards are plain, they still look cool and are hard to beat for £50.
This is a twist on the classic 70′s style skateboard, taking a retro shape and upgrading it with modern touches, such as a durable plastic deck and aluminium trucks. These boards are great value at £30 – £50, backed by good reviews and a high level endorsement.
Safety Gear: It is always recommended that anyone who takes part in extreme sports, such as skateboarding, wears the appropriate safety gear. This can be found on Amazon or at Skateshops.