SKATEBOARDS AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS – A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

 

Christmas is coming up and there’s a skateboard on your child’s wish list? Since you’re kids should start out skating on the best set up that makes it safest and easiest we’ve put together this little guide to help all you first-time skateboard buyers out.

 

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AVOID MISTAKES

No one wants a crying kid on Christmas morning. Are you a parent who basically doesn’t know a thing about skateboards and what sizes are the right ones for your kids? Admittedly, the characteristics of a skateboard are pretty hard to grasp for those who aren’t familiar with the sport or have never set a foot on a board. Furthermore, a skateboard is so much more than a piece of wood with two trucks and four wheels. Therefore, there are many mistakes one might make when buying a skateboard that can quickly result in your child losing interest in skateboarding or making the gift less attractive.
01

AVOID MISTAKES

No one wants a crying kid on Christmas morning. Are you a parent who basically doesn’t know a thing about skateboards and what sizes are the right ones for your kids? Admittedly, the characteristics of a skateboard are pretty hard to grasp for those who aren’t familiar with the sport or have never set a foot on a board. Furthermore, a skateboard is so much more than a piece of wood with two trucks and four wheels. Therefore, there are many mistakes one might make when buying a skateboard that can quickly result in your child losing interest in skateboarding or making the gift less attractive.
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SKATEBOARDS FROM SUPERMARKETS, TOY STORES AND SPORTS SHOPS

It’s no news that supermarkets, department stores and sports stores that specialize in sports like running or soccer often also sell skateboards. For parents, the offers often seem tempting: “cheap, visually appealing to some degree, and you can pick it up comfortably while doing the rest of your Christmas shopping…”

This is when a skateboarder’s internal alarm starts ringing. Those skateboards are typically incredibly low-quality and stop working after the first few sessions. Since those boards are not designed and produced by skateboarders, they’re not usually fun to skate and the parts sometimes don’t even match. We strongly recommend checking out our range of pre-built complete skateboards, we stock a huge range of completes with something for everyone.

PROFESSIONAL SKATEBOARDERS RIDING BOARDS FROM DEPARTMENT STORES – SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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SKATEBOARDS FROM SUPERMARKETS, TOY STORES AND SPORTS SHOPS

Having some eye candy to look at is important, so hopefully out of our huge range of skateboard decks and skateboard completes, we have something that takes your fancy. The shape and size of your board is the probably the most important factor, it affects every element of your riding (you’ll also spend a lot of time starting at it). If you look through our selection of boards amongst the majority you will notice that the width of them varies from about 7.5″ all the way through to some which are 10″ wide. We tend to recommend that a small person selects a board on the narrower end of the spectrum so between 7.5″ wide and 8.5″ wide. Our thinking behind this is that the less board there is, the easier it is to flip around and work with when it comes to that. We can advise when it comes to shapes and sizes but finding a board you are happy with generally comes first.
PROFESSIONAL SKATEBOARDERS RIDING BOARDS FROM DEPARTMENT STORES – SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE

Well, if you’ve made it to this point, you’ve made the right choice and plan on giving your child a proper skateboard. You won’t regret this!

Parents tend to buy the wrong skateboard sizes for their children because they often don’t know better or are simply overwhelmed by the vast selection. However, things aren’t too complicated for a simple first setup. In order to choose the right setup, there are two basic factors you should consider:

What is my kid’s shoe size?
How tall is my kid?

 

SHOE SIZE – DECK WIDTH HEIGHT – DECK LENGTH
US 7 | EU 40: 7.875″ – 8.125″ < 140 cm: 28″- 30.5″
US 9 | EU 42.5: 8.00″- 8.375″ 140 – 175 cm: 30.5″- 31.875″
US 10 | EU 44:  – 8.125″- 8.5″ 175 – 190 cm: – 31.875″- 32.25″
US 12 | EU 46: 8.375″ – 8.625″ > 190 cm: > 32.5″
The taller the child and the bigger the shoe size, the wider the skateboard deck should be. Take a look at the chart to get an idea of which size they need. You’ll find an extended table with recommendations when you click of the headlines in the chart.

The width of a skateboard is always described in Inches [″]. One Inch equals 2,54 cm.

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DOn’T FORGET A HELMET

Don’t forget to grab a helmet and some pads to go along with any board. Whilst lots of experienced skateboarders opt not to wear a helmet – This is only after years of experience and even then they are not protected from injury. If the skater has not skated before, it’s definitely our recommendation to grab a certified helmet (hard foam- to protect from nasty concussions) and even a pair of pads. They’ll make all the difference in the confidence a new skater has and feeling safe is the most important factor in inspiring confidence.
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DON’T FORGET A HELMET

Don’t forget to grab a helmet and some pads to go along with any board. Whilst lots of experienced skateboarders opt not to wear a helmet – This is only after years of experience and even then they are not protected from injury. If the skater has not skated before, it’s definitely our recommendation to grab a certified helmet (hard foam- to protect from nasty concussions) and even a pair of pads. They’ll make all the difference in the confidence a new skater has and feeling safe is the most important factor in inspiring confidence.

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