Whether you are a beginner looking for a complete skateboard to head out and ride or the owner of a beloved board that just needs some new parts, our skate shop has what you need. While you are scoring that new deck or complete skateboard, you can pick up other skate merchandise such as skate shoes, socks, beanies, hats, and backpacks. Heading to the skate park? Keep the sun out of your eyes and step up your style with popular caps and sunglasses.
New to Skateboarding
When looking for a skateboard for beginners, the best way to start shopping would be to browse the complete skateboards. You also want to start with a smaller deck, so you can master your footwork and start with basic tricks. It’s best to get out and get a feel for skating while you learn what you like. Everyone remembers his or her first board, so choose wisely!
If you are a beginner to skateboarding (or want to practice your skateboarding skills in the winter), you might want to check out the balance boards. These devices are targeted towards helping newcomers really get acquainted with the feel of skateboarding.
Once you begin to develop your skate skills, you’ll learn to really appreciate what skateboard decks, trucks, wheels, and features are best for you. And, that’s when the fun really begins. That’s when you own it. Putting a board together with just the right hardware brings the sport to a new level of appreciation.
Types of Skateboards
Most skateboards average about 28” to 32” in length and are shaped like a popsicle with a slight curve on both ends. If you’re looking to do more tricks, try a board with a steeper concave for more pop. Smaller and lighter wheels can also help the skateboard catch more air. But if you think you’ll do more ramps, the larger wheels offer a bit more stability.
Cruiser boards are mid-size skateboards -- longer than skateboards, but shorter than most longboards -- built more for cruising and not so much tricks. Unlike Longboards, they have the kicktails to give them an added dimension, making them more maneuverable on streets and through crowds.
Longboards are typically more than 33” in length and built more for laid back touring and cruising. If you are not looking to be doing too many tricks with your skateboard, and you’d rather just cruise around, you might consider getting a longboard. The larger and wider platforms found on longboards will also help you get more comfortable with the skate feel, so you can really get your balance down. Although longboards are known for a more laidback, cruising lifestyle, they can also be taken to the next level with downhill racing and freeriding with slides. Still not sure if longboard is right for you? Check out the article about the difference between a Longboard and Skateboard.
While you may see many skateboarders around wearing no protection that does not mean it is a good idea. Many of the skaters you see on YouTube doing tricks learned their tricks wearing full skate protection, including skateboard helmets and pads, like kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards. No matter the skaters level, there’s always going to be spills, bails, scrapes, and bruises. It’s part of the sport to challenge you to bring it to the next level.