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How To Skateboard at Home

It’s a wonderful thought to imagine your home being filled with vert ramps and skatepark obstacles. Maybe a snake run that leads right into the bedroom and a halfpipe for a living room?

For a lot of us at GOSKATE, that’s definitely our dream home. 

With all jokes aside, beginner skaters and experienced skaters alike can greatly benefit from skateboarding at home. In fact, inside one’s garage is where many pro skaters landed their first ollie or dropped in for the first time on a DIY ramp. 

So if you want to learn how to skateboard at home or maybe start learning new tricks while indoors or not at a skatepark, keep reading. 

In this article, we’ll be going over: 

How to Skateboard at Home & SafelyHow to Bring the Skate Park HomeTips & Learning New Tricks at Home

With over 3,000 of the highest trained skateboarding instructors providing lessons around the globe, we’ve compiled the most detailed guide on how to skateboard at home, so next time you hit your local skatepark, you’ve got the basics mastered and even something to impress your friends. 

How to Skateboard at Home & Safely

What does it mean to Skateboard at Home? Well, that’s a good question.

For each skater it’s going to mean something different but all skaters can skate at home in some fashion to benefit their skating. If you’re a beginner skateboarder with your first skateboard, learning to skateboard at home is going to be essential to one day having fun at the skatepark. If you’re an experienced skateboarder hoping to learn new skateboard tricks, skateboarding at home is going to help you always stay working towards your goals. However, in order to do it safely and productively, it’s really important to understand these factors:

Proper Safety Equipment:

Want to avoid scrapes, bruises, or other skate injuries? Here is a list of the proper safety equipment to maintain a safe skate environment.

HelmetKnee PadsElbow PadsWrist GuardsProper Skate Shoes and Skate Clothing

Designate a Skateboard Space: Listen, you can’t just go riding your skateboard through the house. Your parents are not going to like that very much and you could seriously injure yourself and those around you. But if you have a backyard, a driveway, or garage with an open cemented area, you can really accomplish a lot in mastering the foundations of skateboarding and learning new skate tricks. Ask your parents permission to designate an area for you to learn how to skateboard in. And if you don’t, we have some tips for you below. Your garage is the next best thing to an empty parking lot.

Have a Practice Plan: Many Pro skaters will tell you, they fell in love with the first kickflip they saw and knew they had to land one at all costs. Maybe you feel exactly the same way about landing a kickflip, or maybe you want to ollie on curbs, learn flip tricks or practice freestyle. Flatground is a great opportunity to proactive a large array of skating styles. And just like everything in skating, it starts with front foot and back foot placement and getting to know your skateboard deck.

Learn Flip Tricks and Basic Tricks: For many of you reading this, you or your loved one will most likely be staring out with just a garage floor or limited cement yard space. This means flatground flip tricks and basic tricks will be the new tricks you’ll be learning. Pop shove it, shuvits, Kickflips, heelflip, or manuals on your front wheels or back wheels are all perfect for practicing while skating at home. These fundamental tricks are great for every young or new skater to practice. Once you learn these tricks you’ll have more than enough tricks to enjoy skating at a skatepark. However, eventually you’ll want to purchase or build some sort of at home skate obstacles, which brings us to our next point.

Bring the Skate Park Home

Many Pro skaters and life long skaters alike, will reminisce of the first time they built a skate ramp or DIY box. While back in the day it took some real woodworking know-how, today we’ve got the internet full of resources to build your own skatepark at home.

There’s also companies out there like Keen Ramps who sell everything from funboxes to mini ramps made to order. In today’s age, you can literally go shopping for all the skatepark obstacles your heart desires, so long as you have the space.

Tips & How to Learn New Tricks at Home

Become a Carpet Skateboarder: What the heck is a carpet board? How about a skateboard with no front wheels or back wheels and no trucks, just griptape and a skate deck. Skateboarders have been using these boards indoors on their carpet floor for decades, with some pros even suggesting, if you can learn a kickflip on these boards, you can land it on any skateboard henceforth (including a longboard). Make sure there’s enough space to practice safely and no objects in the room are in danger if you fall.

Watch Skateboarding Videos: Including our very own GOSKATE YouTube, there are several thousand skateboarding videos online by skate trainers to teach you new tricks through skateboarding lessons. While none of these skateboarding lessons might be as effective as our own, just watching these videos can have some benefit. We also recommend watching actual, full length skate videos.

Engage in Skating while Not Actually Skating: Skateboarding media has decades of influence and knowledge right at your fingertips. With YouTube channels like Braille Skateboarding and our very own GOSKATE, there are hundreds of skate tutorials for you to watch and soak up the facts. Remember, learning tricks is also about learning their names, the differences in fakie, nollie, switch, and stances like goofy and regular. You can learn all the tricks from video games like SKATE or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater but we encourage you to head to a local skate shop to pick up a few skate magazines as well or pick up some paint pens and have fun customizing your grip tape. As long as you’re engaged with skateboarding in some form, there will be a benefit to your skating.

Free Video Feedback Service: We’d like to take this time to remind you of our free video feedback service! The majority of the clips we get are skateboarders learning new tricks at home, either in their garage or driveway. It is a huge passion of ours to give you the correct feedback and help you land your latest trick. Remember, have fun, be safe, and GOSKATE!

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How to Skateboard Faster

At GOSKATE, we believe skateboarding for the first time shouldn’t be the scariest thing in the world. But we also know how important skateboarding successfully for the first time can be in determining if you’re going to stick with it. 

As lifelong skaters who deeply understand the profound and positive effects skateboarding has had on our lives, we wanted to create a detailed guide to learning how to skateboard for the first time. 

A guide that promotes not only having fun but being safe and establishing the necessary fundamentals to go on and skate skate parks, learn skate tricks and make friends with your neighborhood skate crew. 

In this article we’ll be detailing: 

Beginner Skateboard TipsChoosing the Best Skateboard for You as a First TimerProper Protective Gear Where to Skateboard for the First Time

Simply put, we want every child and adult to fall in love with skating just as much as we have. 

That’s the whole reason GOSKATE was conceived and how we’ve managed to teach thousands of students with the largest network of professional skateboarding instructors

Either way, let’s get right into it and GOSKATE! 

Beginner Skateboard Tips

Know Your Stance – You have to know your stance in order to maintain the best balance. You’re either goofy, with your right foot forward or regular, with your left foot forward. 

Need help learning your stance? Have a friend or loved one stand behind you and gently give you a nudge enough for you to take a step forward. The foot you step forward with is naturally your front foot. 

Proper Foot Placement – Proper foot placement should always stem from doing what is most comfortable. However, when you actually don’t know how to skate, what’s most comfortable is often far from proper. 

Have your front foot just below the front bolts of your front truck. Then have your back foot on the tail of your skateboard behind the back wheels. 

Need help with proper foot placement? Send in your stance to our free video feedback service! And get a detailed response from our team of skate instructors. 

How to Pedal – Essentially, there’s a right way and a wrong way to pedal on a skateboard. The wrong way is called mongo, or when a skater takes their front foot off the board to pedal. Make sure to pedal with your back foot and lean forward. Place your front hand on your front knee if needed. 

How to Stop – Stopping on a skateboard begins with knowing your limits. Don’t go down a super steep hill or attempt a drop in if you’re not an experienced skater. Instead, focus on braking with your back foot, taking it off the grip tape slowly and dragging it on the ground. This is often called foot braking.

How to “Pop Up” Your Board – Skaters are masters at getting their skateboard to do what they want them to do. Yes, we’re talking about an ollie or kickflip, but even learning how to pop up your board from the ground into your hand will help give you confidence and advance as a skater. Practice popping your board by smacking your tail until the nose reaches up to your hands. Master this and you’re on your way to not only advancing as a skater but looking like one too.

How to Maintain “Your Center” – Maintaining your center sounds like something out of a Kung Fu movie but it’s actually an integral piece of advice for the first time skateboarder. Your center is the core of your body, it’s where your head, shoulders, hips, and legs all meet in the performance of skateboarding. As you learn to ride your skateboard and perform more and more maneuvers, always be conscious of your center of gravity and crouch or expand when needed to maintain it.

How to Turn on a Skateboard – Turning on a skateboard for the first time skater can feel like rocket science but in reality, there’s several proven tips our skate instructors have been teaching for years. One of which is to make sure your trucks are not too tight and able to flex when you change your weight. While the easiest way for beginners to turn is by lifting your nose and front wheels to “tic tac” to a new angle, eventually you’re going to want to shift your weight using your head, shoulders, hips and even your toes to “lean” into a turn. It might sound difficult but we promise the more you try the better you’ll get a turning on your skateboard.

How to Progress on a Skateboard – Progress is a tricky word (no pun intended) when it comes to learning how to skateboard for the first time. Because while it is a sport and we do want to progress and get better, we should never lose sight of the fact skateboarding is all about having fun. So just know if you’re having fun, you’re doing it right. That being said, progressing on a skateboard is really a two headed monster: consistency and challenging yourself. 

If you don’t skate as much as you can (3-5 days a week) it’s going to be hard for you to progress. And if you never push yourself, if you don’t face your fears, if you don’t fall down and get back up, well, you’re missing some of the prevailing aspects of what it means to be a skateboarder. However, don’t forget, it’s you who’s in charge of progress and it’s you who sets your own standards. 

How to Fall on a Skateboard – This one might seem strange to include on this list, however, in skateboarding you fall more than you land. Remember Tony Hawk’s 900? The Birdman had been trying that trick for literal weeks and several dozen that night before he landed the infamous trick. While we know him as a master of skateboarding, he is also a master at knowing how to fall. While protective gear is a great first step (read about this below!) knowing how to fall takes us back to our center of gravity: 

If you ever feel like you’re going to fall, maybe you have speed wobbles going down a hill or just rolled away from your first drop in and feel yourself slipping, crouch down as low as you can to lower your center of gravity. This way if you fall you have dramatically reduced the impact onto the ground. Additionally, building on this concept, consider laying yourself out horizontally and sliding as you fall. Many skaters become masters of sliding on their shoulders or their buttocks to avoid landing on their wrists or ankles. It might sound crazy but we promise you anyone can become a master of falls and most certainly will over time.

How to “Find Time” to Skate – While finding the time to skate might be more applicable to our adults learning how to skate for the first time, it can also be ogre parents who are finding time for their child. We get it, everyone has their own work schedule but there are certains times better for beginner skaters to skate the skatepark and some misconceptions about the time needed to advance as a skater. 

Skateboarding is just like any craft, the more you do it the better you’re going to get at it. However, cruising around the block even just for ten-fifteen minutes a day can do a lot for your skating. We recommend having your skateboard on you as much as possible. Why walk when you can skate? You’re a skater now… Skate to school, skate to the grocery store, skate to grab a coffee. 

Looking to skate a skatepark at the optimal time for a beginner or first timer? Skate as early as you can (even 7:am) on weekdays. Many skateparks before noon will be specifically for child hours. Avoid 4-5 pm when the older skaters get off work and charge the park before the sun sets. 

Skate in the Best Location – This might seem like common sense but many parents make the mistake of taking their kid to the skatepark before they are ready. A skatepark can intimidate first timers or discourage them; even worse a collision or the inability to stop correctly can lead to injury. Master your driveway or empty parking lot first in a safe space where you only have to focus on mastering the fundamentals. Read more about “Where to Skateboard for the First Time” below!

Choosing The Best Skateboard For You

Knowing which skateboard is the best skateboard for you as a beginner starts with understanding your skateboarding goals. 

Do you want to skate at a skatepark? Do you want to just cruise around? What if my town doesn’t have a local skate shop? 

Well, we’ll answer all this and more shortly.

Longboard versus short board: Longboards are a great way to cruise around your neighborhood or ocean-side sidewalk with friends and loved ones. However, longboards generally are not skatepark friendly and do not allow skaters to perform traditional skateboarding tricks like the ollie or the kickflip. If you want to skate at a skatepark and do traditional skateboarding tricks versus just cruising around, you probably wouldn’t want a longboard as your primary skateboard. 

Complete Skateboard: While eventually, you’ll learn about the different brands and companies out there and will want to choose your skateboard piece by piece, a complete skateboard that’s beginner friendly will be your best option. That is precisely why we created the GOSKATE Beginner Skateboard Package, a package fully loaded with an assembled quality skateboard and even the necessary protective gear for beginners to easily master the foundations of skateboarding.

Free Skateboard Size Calculator: In addition to our beginner skateboard package, we also offer a free skateboard size calculator, which we use with our instructors to help you or your loved one not only pick the perfect size skateboard but the right type of skateboard and skateboard deck. Getting off to the right foot can make all the difference between weeks and even months of practice. 

If you’re a beginner skater, we recommend staying away from electric skateboards, as they can reach dangerous speeds upwards of 20mph.

Proper Protective Gear 

Knowing the proper protective gear as a beginner skateboarder cannot be understated in terms of your safety. Because obviously as a first time skater you’re going to potentially fall down and not know how to properly fall. 

In skateboarding, you fall more than you land. It’s a sign of progress. So without further ado, here is a list of the proper protective gear we recommend to all of our first time students.

wrist guardselbow padsknee padsskate shoeshelmet

Each piece of protective gear can be added to our beginner skateboard package or found at your local skate shop or even online at Amazon. 

We also recommend skating with a certified skate instructor who’s highly trained to anticipate falls and prevent potential injuries. At the very least, skate with a parent or friend who can help monitor the situation. It’s all about two things when it comes to GOSKATE: Having fun and staying safe! 

Where to Skateboard for the First Time

You might have been inspired by seeing local skaters at the skatepark do amazing skate tricks but it’s going to take some significant time before you’re at that level. We recommend you start off in an empty parking lot or neighborhood driveway. Somewhere there’s no cars or heavy flow of pedestrians. 

Keep an eye out for a freshly laid parking lot with a perfectly smooth surface. It’s the best type of ground for learning the fundamentals of skateboarding which will help you get comfortable on your skateboard enough to learn new tricks. 

A flat surface is also preferred so you don’t pick up speed. You’ll have to learn how to generate your own momentum: which brings us to our next point – beginner skateboard tips sourced from our 3,000 skateboarding instructors

GOSKATE invites you to check out our tutorials on beginner skateboarding tricks as well as submit to our free video feedback service. As always, connecting with your local GOSKATE instructor is the fastest and most proven way to learn how to skate. 

Reach out today and find out which skate instructors are in your area. Remember, have fun and GOSKATE!

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Top Hottest Skater Girls

Tina Keene (TIE)

Keeani Lei(TIE)

You may have seen her busting moves at the Glendale, California Skatepark bowl. Keeani is a model, actress, and skateboarder.

Keeani’s name comes from a character in the surfing movie North Shore. The name means wave in Hawaiian. “Lei” means flower necklace.

But these are not the only videos to feast your eyes on. You can even ride Keeani on her $50 custom deck (which features her pic) available from Pornstar Skateboards.

Anne-Sophie Julien

Ms Julien is a French Canadian temptress in her early twenties. When she’s not posing for the camera she is the charismatic and stylish host of TV show X-Skatera and a professional skater for Volcom and Globe. The fashionista claims she is better at snowboarding than skateboarding, but she’s said to excel in both ramp and street skating, and we’re sure you’ll all agree she’d make as good if not better a glamour model. Ooh la la!

Heather Christensen

A Playboy model and a skateboarder? This fiery 31-year-old red head loves skateboarding. She was seen by a scout from Playboy, and began to model, which “sort of interrupted” her longer term plans. When her 34-C bust isn’t giving cameramen a hard time, it can be found wobbling about in skateparks through the US. What’s more, she actually did one shoot on a board with those little beauties exposed to the breeze. Heather has been skating for the past 12 years and even lived with pro skater Anthony Furlong. Word is she also teaches some archery lessons. Playboy once airbrushed out the scars she received after breaking her arm on a metal ramp at a Skatopia in Ohio. Rad.

She has been skating since 1998 when introduced by a boyfriend. She continued to skate after the broke up.

Jen O’Brien

Brains, beauty and talent – Jen is the complete package. She’s been skateboarding for the past 19 years and was the first extreme sports person on the cover of High Times. This innovator was also the first female to skate at the X-Games and the first winner of Transworld’s best female vert award. She campaigns for women’s representation in skateboarding and is co-founder of the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, an organization promoting environmental awareness for extreme sports companies. What a woman.

Eliana Sosco (TIE)

This street skating Latina beauty earns the top spot with her smooth skating style and badass demeanor. At 24, the Brazilian femme fatale is part of the next generation. With those alluring eyes and full lips, Eliana offers the spice that beauty queens can only dream of, not to mention an enticing attitude and raw talent.

Letecia Bufoni (TIE)

Skateboarding’s female president needs no introduction. Letecia has “wowed” skateboard enthusiasts with her looks and her tricks. She recently posed for some sexy photos with Men’s Health Magazine.

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Is Skateboarding Hard to Learn?

So you just received your first skateboard, And you’re anxious to get started

You have heard stories of your friends and family getting hurt on their first skateboard.

The fact that skateboarding is challenging is usually not questioned. There is a legitimate reason why some parents are concerned about letting their children start skateboarding.Parents fear their children falling and getting hurt with a potentially debilitating injury.

Fortunately, Learning skateboarding today is much easier than in our parent’s generation. The invention of YouTube has brought a plethora of online skateboarding learning resources. The availability of Skateboarding lessons at the skateboard park has flourished. It is now easier than ever before to learn skateboarding.

What are the first steps to learning skateboarding?

Each skater must make sure that they have proper gear prior to getting enrolled in any skateboard training program. A suitable skateboard that matches skater size, age, and skateboarding goals is absolutely necessary. Sadly, many skateboarders first start on poor quality in properly sized skateboards. Due to the poor equipment choices, The risk of injury becomes greater. An inadequate skateboard can also make learning skateboarding more challenging.


What exactly do I need to learn skateboarding?

An adequate skateboard. (How to choose the right board)
A properly fitting helmet.
Knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.
A teacher, Or a training manual.
A safe place to skateboard. (How to find a good place to skateboard)

Part 1 – Getting Started

1.1.- Pick the Board Shape

—-You will need a skateboard that fits your body size and matched your skateboarding ambitions.

——-Most new skaters start with a regular skateboard.   This is also called a “popsicle” shape.  A popsicle board allows multiple uses for the board.

——-Some skateboarders opting for the hills and roads only will be more suited for a longboard.

——-Other novelty shapes may not be best suited for a beginner and could limit progression or board use.

 

1.2.- Find the Appropriate Equipment Size

———-Kids, ages 4-7, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 6.75″ and 7.25″

———-Kids, ages 8-13, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 7.25″ and 7.5″

———-Adults, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) 7.5″ or larger

 

  • A beginner skateboard should cost between $60-$150. Buy a pre-assembled skateboard or ask the skateboard shop to set up board for you.  As a beginner, the last thing you need is backwards trucks or bearing to stifle your learning progress.
  •  Don’t be fooled by the low prices of Walmart or Target skateboards. They will snap quickly and are hard to learn on. Go to a real skate shop.

1.3.- Wear Appropriate Footwear

Safe skateboarding starts with proper shoes.  Flat-soled shoes are imperative for board control and balance.

Never attempt to skate in sandals, clogs, boots, or footwear with a separate heel platform.  Improper footwear could result in serious injury.

 

1.4.- Wear Safety Gear

Beginners must have a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards.  There is no reason to negligently learn skateboarding without pads.  Do not risk it.

 

A bicycle helmet is not a substitute.  A skateboard helmet is more effective than a bicycle helmet because such a helmet has been specifically designed to handle skateboard crashes.  Make sure the helmet fits your head properly.  The under-chin strap should be fastened and the helmet should not wiggle.

Wrists must be protected.  Wrist guards protect against some of the most common injuries for beginners.

1.5.- Find a Suitable Place to Learn

Smooth and flat ground is an ideal place to learn skateboarding.

A level, concrete driveway or parking lot is a good place to start getting comfortable on the board. Make sure there isn’t anything in your way and be wary of cracks, loose stones, and potholes. Running over a little pebble can account for a whole lot of crashes, especially with hard wheels.

 

  • Avoid getting roughed up on aged, cheese-grater pavement.   If you can clearly see small gaps between the pavement rocks, it’s not a good surface for skateboarding.  When choosing at ground surfaces, polished concrete will be the friendliest for learning.  New or sealed asphalt is also suitable.
  • Skateparks are great places to skate once you’ve got some experience. If you’re just trying to get the board to stay under you without falling down, parks might be a little intense. If there’s one in your area, go watch some skaters for tips, but stay on the sidelines.

1.5.- Get a Seasoned Skateboarder to Oversee You

The first day can be overwhelming.  Despite watching every YouTube skateboard video, reading every “how to” article, and the perfect skateboard, learning skateboarding is always safer with expert guidance.

Call 800.403.2405  to Have an Expert from GoSkate.com Come Help You.

So how long does it take to learn skateboarding?

Learning skateboarding is a lifelong process. Skating is an activity with never-ending progress. The journey of learning new tricks, styles, and skills Is a large part of the reason why many people become infatuated with skateboarding.

Learning Transportation

Skateboarding for the purposes of transportation is a different story. In order to use a skateboard for the basics, a skateboarder must know how to push turn stop and properly navigate around basic, street obstacles.

These basics of skateboarding can be learned with proper instruction in as little as four hours of practice. Each skateboarder is different. Some participants are blessed with greater balance and agility and will learn in 4 to 6 hours. Others, who are less familiar with board sports, can take up to 10 hours to learn the basics.

Learning in Lessons

In skateboarding lessons and classes, Participants usually need a minimum of 3 to 4 lessons. Most skateboard schools, like Goskate.com, recommend 4 to 6 lessons.

 

What do I start learning first?

Did transportation skills are the foundation for skateboarding.No skateboarder will progress without a firm understanding these skills. Proper balance, proper turning, and an understanding of how to handle the skateboard are required in order to perform basic tricks.

Once mastering this, skateboarders typically start by learning to ollie.

The “Ollie” is a fundamental trick which is the starting point for most skateboarding tricks in general. It is similar to how a bunny hop on a bicycle, Is the starting point to any of the biking drinks. An “Ollie” is like a Bunnyhop. In an “Ollie” all wheels are lifted off the ground.

Other basic tricks to learn:

The pop shove-it.
The kickflip.
The heelflip
The 180.
The acid drop.

The Top 15 Skateboards for Beginners (UPDATED 2021)

Okay, fine. There might be some serious skill (and colorful powder?) needed to catch air like the guy above, but everyone starts somewhere, right?

So whether you’re itching to grind the city or realizing that the fence plank with wheels glued to its bottom isn’t going to last, here are fifteen of the best skateboards for beginning street shredders.

Note: Confused about the board sizes? First, use our skateboard size calculator here.

 

Dimensions: 7.75” X 31.75”

Bearing Type: Amphetamine Abec 5

Cost: $64.95

Sometimes simpler is better, and the Mini-Logo Chevron 12 provides just that – simplistic quality. Made from solid maple and featuring an elevated “stiffness” that allows for better launch, this board is perfect for the work-in-progress skater. Whether you’re skitching along the street (okay, seriously, don’t try this – it’s only cool in Tony Hawk’s Underground) or hitting the park o’ ramps with some fellow riders, this board has the wheels, bearings, and overall durability to serve you well.

 

Dimensions: 7.625” X 31.3”

Bearing Type: Carbon steel

Cost: $69.99

How many people can say they skate each day with a handful (well, actually, maybe arm full!) of pandas? Purchase the Enjoi Panda Pile board and the answer to that question will be at least one…

…You!

Here’s the thing – you, as an uber-intelligent consumer, know that there’s plenty of products out in the vast, somewhat cutthroat world of capitalism that look totally awesome and, then, that’s about it. Rest assured that the Enjoi isn’t just about sleek visual appeal. It’s specifically shaped for young riders with custom concave for more control, pliable bearings for enhanced turn radius, and wheels that want to earn their worth both in the park and on the street.

 

Dimensions: 8” X 32”

Bearing Type: Amphetamine Abec 5

Cost: $84.95

Man, this board looks that good kind of bad, does it not? Like the Chevron 12, its deck was born from maple, and its Abec 5 bearings are what the skateboard market might call “hot.” The trucks are also lightweight but stable, making for good speed, easy turning, and solid trickability. Give it your consideration, Otto Rocket.

 

Dimensions: 8” X 32”

Bearing Type: SCSK8 Abec 9

Cost: $59.66

From a stylistic standpoint, SCSK8’s Pro skateboard has it going on. The deck comes in four different styles – Thunderbird (pictured), The Mummy, Frank’s Finger, and Calavera. If you reviewed the Abec bearings guide at the beginning of this article you may also be experiencing incredulity…

…Yep, embrace it. Abec 9 – this baby’s gonna FLY. Maybe avoid the streets of San Francisco when you’re first starting off.

At just under $60, this is a solid choice for someone itching to get their feet wet with street skating while also being able to practice tricks. With high-bounce wheels and grip that doesn’t fail, you’ll find yourself kickflipping in no time.

 

Dimensions: 7.5” X 31.5”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $33.99

Krown’s “Animal” series is the perfect pick for someone with an itch to ride and an even bigger itch to not ride a board made by ye olde Walmart. With Abec 7 bearings, it’ll provide more than enough of that adrenaline rush you’re looking for while rolling downhill, and at 7.5” X 31.5” in dimension, it’s a great board for the quintessential rookie.

The board comes in four different designs – Bear, Bengal, Cobra, and Wolf. What’s that, you say? The Bear’s been your spirit animal since age seven? You’ve always secretly rooted for the antagonists of The Karate Kid? Looks like Krown has what you need.

 

Dimensions: 6” X 22.5”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $29.99

Ah, our first cruiser on the list! Careful with this one, dear reader and future street shredder, as you can see by the Dimensions (and, perhaps, the picture itself), this is not your typical board. Cruisers are meant for smooth riding. They have bigger wheels meant for sailing the wide streets of [insert your city name here].

Note, if you attempt tricks on this guy, bad things are probably going to happen. Cal 7’s cruiser is for just that – cruisin’. Its Abec 7 bearings will give you an expedited ride when desired and, if blue isn’t your color, do not dismay! This puppy is available in twenty-five different colors, with some even going so far as to include a nifty design.

 

Dimensions: 7.625” X 31.625”

Bearing Type: Not listed (but wheels are marketed as providing high rebound and grip)

Cost: Typically between $80 – 100

It’s common knowledge that having a fire-breathing dragon on the bottom of your board automatically makes you a better skater, right?

If not (and if that logic is, shall we say, “flawed”), fear not! The Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon features a strong design and is a great entry-level board on sale for an entry-level price. It’s deck allows for the pop you want when starting to master that ollie or kickflip, while its wheels lend themselves well to performing tricks (the harder the wheel, the more trick-friendly it is).

Also worth noting is the wide polymeric strap worked into the board’s deck. An internal fixture, of course, but essentially put in place to hold the board together even if it breaks. This way, if you grind too hard, you also don’t end up staying too hard in the ER when the board pieces go opposite ways…along with your legs.

It’s a great safety feature built-in to ensure that riding stays the way it’s supposed to be: Fun!

 

Dimensions: 8” X 31”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $39.99

Hikole has reached “Amazon’s Choice” level for skateboards best suited for kids ages 6-12. Featuring neat board designs (Red Pose, Black Pose, Human Head, Skull, and Letter), Abec 7 precision bearings, and an authentic Canadian maple deck, this board is terrific bang for your buck.

What’s more, this board is great for learning the basic ensemble of tricks so, paired with a novice who’s just trying to get his or her feet wet, it’s a match made in heaven.

Order off Amazon today and you’re guaranteed a one year warranty!

 

Dimensions: 8” X 36”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $69.99

This beast of a board can be considered the daddy of cruisers. Check out its Dimensions – 8” X 36”! You won’t find yourself keeping those toes close together on this bad boy. Rather, the Yocaher Spirit Wolf gives you the “longboard” experience you deserve, and certainly carries a different vibe than the Cal 7.

An extended deck firmly rooted upon fat tires, the Yocaher Spirit Wolf is all the fun of surfing with none of the water (well, unless it’s raining). Much like the Cal 7, this isn’t a board you buy to do tricks; so, if cruising the high streets is more your style, then give it a look.

 

Dimensions: 8” X 31”

Bearing Type: Abec 11

Cost: $34.99

Retrospec’s Alameda skateboard is marketed as being a one stop shop for sauntering through the neighborhood in style or filming your next Youtube trick montage at the skatepark. Suitable for novices and aspiring shredders alike, its Abec 11 bearings are sure to make you fly, while also coming equipped with rubber dust covers to prevent dirt buildup. Super helpful if you find yourself coursing through a neighborhood with the middle name “Construction Zone.”

Much like some of our other listed rides, the Alameda comes in a variety of designs, a few of which feature some pretty far out three-dimensional flavor. Check’em out!

 

Dimensions: 6” X 22.5”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $34.99

MEKETEC’s Mini Cruiser is made especially for kids to cruise back and forth from school, a friend’s house, part-time job and/or everything in between. The Abec 7 bearings allow for fast passage to and from points A and B, and the heavy duty trucks ensure a stable ride.

Check out the nine different color designs that MEKETEC has to offer (“The Joker” is my personal favorite). Another thing? This baby weighs less than four pounds and, at 6” X 22.5”, can easily plop into your backpack!

Again, note that this is a cruiser. If you manage to pull out a host of tricks on this one, consider going pro immediately. More likely, though, you’ll want to stick to cruisin’ and perusin’ your territory and save the trick sesh for a standard skateboard.

 

Dimensions: 6” X 22.5”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $23.07

This cruiser is all about time traveling you back to the ‘70s with its retro, plastic design. Don’t let that ‘p’ word put you down, though; its quality is first-class. This plastic isn’t born from your latest tupperware set – it’s high-strength, injection-molded, tailored to fit your riding style instead of you having to adjust to its demands.

Featuring eleven different styles, 5” trucks for mega control, balance, and stability, and a total weight of three pounds (throw that thing in your bag!), the Quip is equipped to be your go-to ride. (See what I did there?…I’ll show myself out…)

 

Dimensions: Length of 32”, you choose the width!

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $74.99

This board is dope and made with care and concern for riders of all levels and all ages. See, the width of the board is chosen by you, and you alone. That’s right Harry Potter, you’re a skateboarder and you get to make the call. Use the drop down box on CCS’s Amazon listing to select from a 7” width (kids’ size) or higher. Then choose a style (they have six listed). And finally, enjoy the fact that, for under $100, you can be bequeathed with a board made from a company that’s held strong since the mid-80s and is looking out for riders of all skill levels. Enjoy!

 

Dimensions: ~7” X 28”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $123.95

We’re down to the final two and, as you can probably tell from both listings (and specs), they are related! SkateXS is definitely making the most expensive boards on this list, but they also deliver solid quality and a personalization feature that simply can’t be topped.

This board, made specifically for kids ages 5-12, can be personalized with their names across its grip tape. What kid (or adult, for that matter) wouldn’t want that!? Talk about an easy Christmas present or the quickest way to win the “Best Uncle” award.

There are twenty-one different stylistic choices for this board, all ranging in both deck and wheel color. The deck sizes are made specifically to give kids the balance and support they need while learning to become ride-or-die skateboard Jedis.

And……(drum roll please as we move our eyes downwards)…

 

Dimensions: ~7” X 28”

Bearing Type: Abec 7

Cost: $123.95

…..If the SkateXS Starboard isn’t doing it for you, there’s always pirates! Arr you ready?

Again, I’ll show myself out.

This board has a few extra design options (twenty-four instead of twenty-one) and is great for the kiddos dying to become skating savants. In addition to the Starboard above and this colorful ode to 17th century rapscallions, the SkateXS board can come with a Panda or Unicorn design.

Need more be said? A solid board with strong Abec 7 bearings, creative design, and personalization, this is sure to start skateboarding youth off right!

 

Final Considerations:

Ready to get out there and let the Rocket Power theme song rip as you literally rip across the streets? Hopefully this list has pushed you towards that awesome, free-flying moment. As you embark on your journey to become the world’s next best trick magician (or live vicariously through the person you’re buying this board for) remember: This is a personal experience.

Looking to catch air and make that board flip in the process? A skateboard awaits you. Want something to move you faster across pedestrian-laden beach streets? A longboard lurks. Is the small game cruise style your end game? A mini cruiser is calling your name.

Whatever you decide, revel in the fact that your skateboarding lifestyle has just begun!

The wonderful world of Youtubes Professional Skateboarders!

The influence of skateboarding youtubers is undeniable. There is this strange unspoken thing where as influential as skateboard vloggers are they are essentially not spoken or acknowledged in the “core” skateboard market or magazines. The “youtube” skateboarding professional has become a reality and oddly enough become its own category in our industry. What does it truly mean to be a professional skateboarder? Most professional skateboarders have trouble enough selling through their product period with sponsors so if a famous youtuber with millions or hundreds of thousands of followers has products selling out left and right to the point that their sales surpass entire “core” branded teams does this not make them a valid pro skateboarders? Of course it does! I have alot of respect for the hard work that todays skateboarding youtubers put into their channels. There is alot of hard work involved and I totally feel they deserve to have a spot in our industry. Nowadays everyone is good at skateboarding. The difference is the hard work and that extra effort that someone puts into pushing their careers or their skateboarding in general.  Its quite impressive when you step back and analyze how many followers the top skateboarding youtubers have versus some of the largest skate brands in the industry. It goes to show the influence an power a single skater can have next to a mega brand. Here are just a few of the top Skateboarding Youtubers and their reach.

  1. Braille skateboarding (Aaron Kyro)
    3.1 Million subscribers

2. Andy Schrock
1.7 Million subscribers

3. Chris Chann
932k subscribers
This video isnt a video part but its a gnarly grind across the Los Angeles River super gnarly!

MOST WATCHED SKATEBOARD YOUTUBE VIDEOS!

We are in interesting times right now where many YouTubers are experiencing demonetization and are losing their income from videos for their content. The world is changing and just as quickly as myspace came and Facebook overtook it we will witness many avenues of social media become lapped by the “newer” thing.  However, as it stands right now what are the top 4 most viewed skateboard related youtube videos? The results may come as both a surprise and an assumed outcome.

4. TONY HAWK RIDES THE WORLDS FIRST HOVERBOARD

This video came at a point in time when alot of technology was breaking through including drones to the mass market. This hoverboard ill admit was not excatly what I had hoped when I clicked on the video the first time but the word hoverboard was enough click bait for me to be a contributor of a view to this video. The technology has improved since this video and Tony Hawk is a legend and always will be. Still entertaining and worth a viewing. The video currently stands at 17 Million + views.

3. TONY HAWK SKATES FIRST DOWNWARD SPIRAL LOOP

Now I dont just say this because my first sponsor was actually Birdhouse and I got to meet Tony in my youth as one of his Birdhouse flow kids but honestly the Birdman is a cool dude. A legend who has done so much for skateboarding but above all a skateboarder who to this day pushes the boundaries and still has the motivation to progress. I have loads of respect for his determination to push skateboarding to greater heights even in his later years. This downward spiral was nuts and I applaud from my chair as I watch Tony make history. Interesting note the “Downward Spiral” I feel could even be a homage to the band Nine Inch Nails to whom Tony is also a fan of! Pretty awesome.  The Downard Spiral lands Tony in at 19+ Million views.

2. SKATEBOARDING DOG

Yup Tillman the skateboarding English Bulldog is the 2nd most viewed skateboard related video on youtube. We have all seen this talented canine do his thing and look back at our very own dog in hopes of training them to at least stand on the board. Sadly Tillman passed away in 2015 but his memory and talent live on forever in this video showcasing his skateboarding skills. Skateboarding Dog has over 22 million views to date!

  1. BEST OF RODNEY MULLEN

The skate god himself Rodney Mullen has the most video on youtube in the category of skateboarding with a whopping 23 million plus views. This video is a compilation of his skateboard clips throughout the years. Watching this makes me crave a new Rodney Mullen video part. We actually havent had a new “full length” Mullen part since Almost round 3. Heres to crossing our fingers they make a round 4 video down the line. Watch his technical prowess and enjoy great skateboarding.