Buyers' Guide for Kids Skateboards

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If you're in the market for a skateboard for your child, there are some general points to keep in mind: A complete skateboard is one that comes fully built, size doesn't matter, and as with all things you buy, you get what you pay for. Conventional wisdom says to go with a good-quality board that will last longer and is safer. Here are some good choices to check out.

There are three types of skateboards: classic, retro, and snake. Classic boards are the most common and what you generally find when you go shopping. Retro boards are longer and have larger wheels. They are great for skating long distances but inferior to classic boards for doing tricks. A snake board is not appropriate for kids since it requires intensive balance and has only one wheel.

Boards have three parts: decks, trucks, and wheels. The deck is the top part you stand on, the trucks are the metal parts that attach the wheels to the board, and the wheels, yes, you know what those are.

Last, you want your kids to be safe. They should skate only with a helmet and knee, elbow, and wrist guards. If you want to go all out, add special skateboarding shoes to the list.

SkateXS makes high-grade skateboards for kids ages 5 to 10. While some of the other brands listed here make smaller, kid-size boards, SkateXS does the same but with the high-quality pro-grade parts. When you get a SkateXS complete skateboard, you get real, high-quality trucks, wheels, and bearings.

The SkateXS deck is made from bamboo, which isn't usual; most skateboard decks are made from maple. This makes the decks lighter and gives them more pop. Bamboo is the perfect choice for younger, lighter skaters.

World Industries used to be a hardcore brand, with rough and raucous graphics, but then it started making kids' boards, too. These boards are good and trustworthy completes, but some parents may not approve of the overall imagery of ​World Industries.

Termite also makes complete skateboards for kids. Termite enjoys a strong name in the skateboard community, focused strongly on making skateboards for children and beginners, along with pads and other gear for kids. Termite's graphics feature cartoon bugs. They also sell "value packs," which include a complete skateboard, pads, and helmet. More »

Positiv Skateboards is headed up by Andy Macdonald. The team consists of Macdonald, Sandro Dias, Rodney Jones and Carlos de Andrade. Its mission is to make high-quality skateboards available to skaters of all levels, especially skaters who are looking for a great value on their first skateboard. Positiv skateboards are designed and manufactured by Skate One, a company with decades of experience in building top quality skateboards.

Build a Skateboard From Scratch

There is one other option: You could build a skateboard for your kid. This is a lot of work and won't be cheaper, but it's fun to do. For step-by-step help in picking out the right parts, read the Skateboard Buyers Guide. This guide is pretty in-depth and might be overwhelming to some parents. But if you have some confidence in this area, check it out.

Remember to also pick up a helmet and look into skateboarding shoes if your child doesn't already have them. Some of the above companies make helmets and shoes and can give you a great deal. The helmet doesn't have to be too fancy; it just needs to be on your kid's head all the time. For the shoes, most tennis shoes work, but skateboarding shoes are made with flatter soles and other features to help with skateboarding.

Then you should be all set...except for cool skate stickers to slap all over the board and helmet. And building ramps for your skater. Plus taking him or her to the skatepark, then to competitions, and eventually to compete in the X-Games!

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