17 Best Free Skateboarding Apps

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While riding your skateboard is a healthy activity meant to get you and your loved ones out of the house, there are online resources that can not only make you a better skater but increase your knowledge about skateboarding.

These come in many forms, from YouTube channels like ours, to the articles you’re reading now. But thanks to some dedicated skateboarders turned developers, there are also a host of skateboarding apps that can give skaters a pocket sized resource.

Some of these apps are entertaining in nature, helping skaters play skate games and watch their favorite content. Others help skaters find skate spots, skate parks, learn skate tricks and keep up with skate news.

While skaters also use their maps and notes apps, all of these apps are also free to download with only a handful having in-app purchases.

So without further ado, here are the 17 Best Free Skateboarding Apps you can download today. 

Why download skateboarding apps?

You might be thinking as a beginning skater or a parent, why should I download a skateboarding app? Well, in addition to these apps being free, the reasons surround the three types of skateboarding apps: education, entertainment, and location. All of these types of apps support the love and lifestyle of being a skateboarder and will help your loved one become a better skater.

Education Based Skateboarding Apps: Skateboarding and education go hand in hand, no matter what the old movies and cultural references try to tell you. Because in order to become a great skater, not only do you need to learn how to do the tricks you want to learn, you have to learn the names, the proper foot positioning, and the terminology used to describe variations of said tricks. Luckily, as you will see on this list, there are some great education based skateboarding apps.

Entertainment Based Skateboarding Apps: WIth skateboarding being our favorite activity, it makes perfect sense that there would be plenty of fun entertainment based skateboarding apps for skaters and parents to choose from. Most of them will be really fun skateboarding games, so skaters can feel connected to their favorite activity while laying in their bed or hanging inside on rainy days. That being said, there are also interactive entertainment apps for skaters playing skate or looking to watch some rad skate videos on their ride to school. Truly, there is a great diversity in entertainment based skateboarding apps. 

Location Based Skateboarding Apps: Last but certainly not least, are the location based skateboarding apps. These apps are designed to help skaters find, log and compile lists of skateboarding spots and skate parks. These types of apps help support the skate community and industry as a whole but are also complex in nature. Finding the best location apps wasn’t easy but we got the best of the best right here in this best skateboarding apps list.

Braille Skateboarding, Learn to Skateboard

Education App
4.25 out of 5 stars 477 ratings

Braille Skateboarding has been a long-trusted source of YouTube videos for people looking to learn new skateboard tricks. With some guest appearances from pro skaters and local skatepark hero’s their videos have always entertained and taught people how to skate. So it’s no wonder the Braille Skateboarding App is rated 4.25 out of 5 stars as a skateboarding education app, where skaters can download and learn tricks with step by step guides.

Touchgrind Skate 2

Entertainment App 
3.5/5 stars 11k ratings

If you ever wanted to know what it might feel like to use your fingers as a skateboard, Touchgrind Skate 2 is the skateboard app for you. The fun, interactive entertainment app puts you in the driver’s seat of fun courses, maps, and environments where you’re flying downhill and landing grinds, flips, and faps. You basically become a professional finger-boarder – and have fun for hours while doing it.

Skate Tricks: the skater’s app

Education App
4.7 out of 5 stars + 222 ratings

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If you ever wanted to know what it might feel like to use your fingers as a skateboard, Touchgrind Skate 2 is the skateboard app for you. The fun, interactive entertainment app puts you in the driver’s seat of fun courses, maps, and environments where you’re flying downhill and landing grinds, flips, and faps. You basically become a professional finger-boarder – and have fun for hours while doing it.

Skate Space – Multiplayer Online Session

Entertainment Game
4.5/5 + 17k ratings

If you ever wanted to know what it might feel like to use your fingers as a skateboard, Touchgrind Skate 2 is the skateboard app for you. The fun, interactive entertainment app puts you in the driver’s seat of fun courses, maps, and environments where you’re flying downhill and landing grinds, flips, and faps. You basically become a professional finger-boarder – and have fun for hours while doing it.

ShredSpots: Find Skate Spots

Location App
5 out of 5 stars + 508 ratings

We can’t forget that an app is short for application, meaning a tool that helps us put something into operation. For ShredSpots, that operation is finding skate spots, logging them, and having a way of sharing them with friends. While many skaters used their own means to create a spot book, with even more skaters being apprehensive about sharing their spots in fear of them becoming a no skate zone, there’s still a strong online community of people sharing skate spots. The application user interface is also known to be one of the best out there, with a 5 out of 5 stars and over 500 ratings.

True Skate – The Ultimate Skateboarding Sim

Entertainment App
4 out of 5 stars + 7.9k ratings

Everyone loves the concept of a great simulation game. Especially skaters who might be injured or want to practice visualizing how to land a new trick. True Skate is known as the ultimate skateboarding sim, as an entertainment app akin to some of the most popular video games. While it might not be SKATE 4 or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, this free skateboarding app is a great way for young people to stay connected to their passion for skateboarding, without plopping in front of a television for hours at a time. The ratings speak for themselves with a 4 out of 5 stars with an impressive 8,000 ratings.

Smap – Skateparks App

Location App
5 out of 5 stars + 231 ratings

Smap – Skateparks App

Find yourself on vacation or traveling through a new city? Did you and your child just touch down in Los Angeles and want to see what skateparks are near the hotel? In addition to our skatepark directory, SMap App or skateboard map app, is a great tool for discovering what skateparks are in your area. With a user interface similar to your phone’s map app, the user friendly app boasts an impressive 5 out of 5 star rating. There are several apps that claim to help you find the best skateparks near you but not all of them will have a 5/5 rating.

Skateboard Party: 3 – Extreme Skateboarding Game

Entertainment App
4.5 out of 5 stars + 13k ratings

Not all skateboarding games have to be super realistic. After all, the first two installments of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater were hardly a true skateboard feeling. But that is precisely why some skateboarding games are more fun. Arcade style play, low stakes high reward fun, SKateboard Part 3 – Extreme Skateboarding Game, is considered one of the most fun skateboarding apps on the market. With an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars, this game has a huge play base. 13 thousand ratings speak for themselves but GOSKATE also highly recommends this app for you and your child’s skate experience. 

Flip Skater – Skateboard Like the Best

Entertainment App
5/5 stars + 62k ratings

Remember what we said about skate games not having to be super realistic? Well, Flip Skater is a testament to that with its 5 out of 5 star rating out of 62 thousand ratings. While certainly not all 62,000 ratings are from die hard skateboarders, Flip Skater has helped many young kids take their first glimpse into the skateboarding world. A classic half-pipe, pretty maps, and a user-friendly interface, parent’s trust their kids with this wonderful and bright game. With its impressive rating count, Flip Skater is the most rated skate specific app on this list. 

Thrasher Magazine

Entertainment App
4 out of 5 stars  + 155 ratings

This one will come at no surprise to the hardcore skaters out there who know the landscape of skate media. Thrasher Magazine is the number one print magazine in skateboarding history, while the app might not be the same as the magazine, this entertainment skateboarding app has all the latest and greatest in Thrasher Magazine content. That includes videos, articles, and artwork from the skate industry’s leading brands. 4 out of 5 stars isn’t bad either.

Instagram

Entertainment App
5 out of 5 stars + 24m ratings

You probably already have Instagram on your phone but you might not know the powerful force Instagram has become for skaters and skateboarding at large. As a one stop shop for all the facets of skateboarding, pro skaters and the best brands, local skate shops and the everyday skater, all of us collide on Instagram as a network, marketplace, and media outlet for sharing our passion for skateboarding. While there are some larger debates on whether or not Instagram has been good for skateboarding, the overwhelming majority of skaters use it on a daily basis to enhance their skateboarding experience.

LOKE Skate Spots & Challenges

Location App
4 out of 5 stars 60k skaters, 25k spots

LOKE, a play on local, is one of the fastest growing online communities for any skateboarding app. With its mission to connect skaters to local spots, the location app has already connected over 60 thousands skaters to 25 thousand spots. This is especially helpful to a skater planning a skate trip to a new city or someone who enjoys having a catalog of spots. The app also has skate spot challenges, where people challenge others to land certain tricks at certain spots. The app is still growing as new spots are built and lost every day, so log in today and check out what skate spots and spot challenges are near you.

Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam – Become a Skateboard Legend

4.5 out of 5 stars + 6.4k ratings
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You better believe if a skateboarding app has Tony Hawk’s name in it, it’s going to be pretty dang good. And if you ever wanted to become a skateboard legend like Tony Hawk, Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam skateboarding app might be for you. The app is famous for its detailed career mode, a fan favorite aspect of the Tony Hawk’s Underground video game franchise. Skaters get to pick their own style and work up the ladder of skate contests, filming video parts, and landing a pro board sponsor. One might say the app is educational but this very fun game already has 4.5 out of 5 stars, with over 6,400 ratings.

Google Maps

Location App 
4.7 out of 5 stars + 5 million ratings

When poling our GOSKATE skate instructors on what apps they use the most, nearly every single one of them said google maps. As the most detailed and comprehensive satellite imagery to exist on the web, skaters scan local areas or mountain ranges for unseen spots. They also can pin spots for a virtually spot book and take matters into their own hands without middle man apps. Skaters can also share locations with one another, zoom in to see surrounding areas and even plan where to eat after they skate. As you can see, Google Maps is a must have for any street skater.

Sk8Spots App

Location App
3.9 out of 5 stars + 29 ratings

The Sk8spots App is one of the first apps to be truly for skateboarders. The app is a skatepark directory where people can upload photos of street spots, pin them to a map, and write notes describing the spot. Skaters have been relying on this app for years, and while some skaters want it to update with the times, many skaters don’t want to fix something that isn’t broken. This OG location app is certainly on our list of the 17 best skateboarding apps for skaters.

Skate Dice

Entertainment App
4.3 out of 5 stars + 120 reviews

Want to make your games of skate a bit less repetitive? How about a skate dice game that randomly connects a prefix of a trick to a stance, rotation, flip and landing. What started with a hardgood of actual skate dice has since evolved into a Skate Dice app skaters can take in their pocket. Next time you’re with a group of friends who want to play flatground skate, take this Berrics concept entertainment app with you and have hours and hours of fun.

Spotsesh

Location App
4.5 out of 5 stars + 750 ratings

Not all location based skate apps are created equal. While we’ve had some of the original skate spot apps on this list, we also have to list some of the newer apps making a name for themselves. Spotsesh is exactly that, with an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5 rating and 750 plus votes. The Spotsesh app has a user friendly interface and loading times more tolerable to the high res images of modern phones. While some skaters will still opt for OG apps and google maps, Spotsesh is a great choice for skaters craving a modern feel. 

Did we miss something? GOSKATE is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in skateboarding apps and media. Contact GOSKATE today to add your app to the list or talk to us about our one on one skate lessons near you.

Zane Foley

Zane Foley has been writing professionally since 2014, since obtaining his BA in Philosophy from the California State University, Fullerton. Zane is an avid skateboarder and Los Angeles native. Follow him on Instagram for links to his other published works. @zaneyorkfly