So you’ve decided to take up Skateboarding! A wise choice that we’ve all made at some point. Maybe you’ve had a go with friends and you’re ready to take the plunge and give it a go yourself, or perhaps its something you’ve always wanted to do. You probably don’t need us to tell you that it is a potential minefield choosing your first board, so we’re here to talk you through it.
A decision to make is whether you are going to buy a board ready made, or, as many people do, build your own. It’s not unusual for people to pick up the wheels, deck and trucks. It may even surprise you to learn that putting the work in and building your own isn’t necessarily the best value thing to do. It is more of a specialist hobby to build your own board, and something you’ll be looking to do if you already know a bit about the sport. The best value for money is also the least work, and that’s what I’d recommend for the beginners, buying a readily constructed board.
Of course, decorations are something you might want to think about! They don’t affect the performance of course but you want it to look good, and be fun to take out and ride. Choose a design you like, not forgetting you can always add vinyl and other add-ons to further customize in the future.
Make sure you take a look at the reviews of your board before you go ahead and buy it. Of course, budget also plays a part, sometimes there are boards available for as little as $50, which is the perfect price point for a beginner, especially if you’re just wanting to dip your toe in for the first time, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily just go for the cheapest, boards can be flimsy and liable to break, so make sure you check out what other people have said before taking the plunge. I can’t stress enough that you should buy online from a sports store, or even from Amazon or other retailers, but make sure you don’t buy one from your local supermarket, they’ll have some flimsy boards with tv show characters on them, but they won’t last!