Once you have made the decision to take up skating as a hobby, your next crucial decision is which skateboard to buy. This can be daunting for a beginner, as it really is an important choice – skateboards aren’t cheap! Because of this, it is important for both your back pocket and your success at skating, that you do your research before buying a skateboard.
Below is a brief rundown of some of the things you need to think about, before you rush out and buy your very first skateboard. If after reading this guide you still have questions, you should go to your local skate shop and ask the friendly staff for assistance.
Choosing The Right Skateboard
As a beginner, you may not realise that there are different sizes and shapes of boards, each catering to skaters of different styles and ages. Unfortunately, there is no real formula for choosing the correct sized board. Every skater is different and skates with a unique style, so often it can come down to trial and error.
If possible, you should see if you can borrow a friend’s skateboard and see how you go. While this is not the perfect way to decide on what style of skateboard you should buy, it may just help guide you in the right direction. In addition to this, staff at dedicated skateboarding shops should be able to help you make a pretty good guess about what your first board should be. Because of this, it is much better to go to a specialist shop, rather than buying a board from a department store.
A lot of beginners end up with prebuilt skateboards, as this strikes them as the easiest option – generally this is correct. Skateboards like this are completely ready to skate which to some people is just what they are looking for.
The only problem that can occur with these boards, is that they can be made from substandard parts, which detracts from your skating experience and in some cases can be downright dangerous! When choosing a premade skateboard, pay close attention to the parts that are used. For the best results, avoid department stores, as the skateboards here generally use poor quality components.
Most experienced skateboarders build their own boards from handpicked parts. This is a process that is daunting to a beginner, however it is much easier than most people believe. In custom skate shops all over the country, there is a wide selection of custom parts. With the help and recommendations of staff, you can build your very own board from the ground up. Not only will this be much better than a premade board, it will be a pleasure to use!
Don’t Break The Bank
The one thing to keep in mind is that this is your first skateboard. You do not need to buy the very best board – in fact this is discouraged. As you gain experience you may find you want to upgrade, but you don’t need to think about that until you get skating and learn the ropes! For more information, don’t hesitate to talk to the staff at your local skate shop.