Buyers Guide for Kids Skateboards

If your child has a skateboard at the top of his Christmas, Hanukkah or birthday list and you have never bought a skateboard before, do some research so you are armed with all the facts and options when you go shopping. They are definitely not all the same.

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.


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 -- take a look and see what you think. 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, building ramps for your skater, taking him or her to the skatepark, then to competitions and eventually to compete in the X-Games.