Skateboarding Fun For Kids -Choosing The Right Skateboard

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Skateboarding is a great way for kids to get outside and have fun. But picking out the right type of skateboard can be difficult.

What should you consider when choosing a board? Let's take a closer look at different types of boards and their features so that you can make the best decision possible.


Longboards are made for cruising, which means they can go over long distances without the rider having to push them too hard.

They are usually larger than other types of boards and provide a more stable ride. The length also provides more stability on hills, making them great for exploring or getting around town.

Longboards are also much easier to balance on since they have bigger wheels, more flex, wider decks, softer trucks, and softer bushings than other types of boards.

Short Decks

Short decks (also known as shorty decks) are designed for tricks and are usually smaller than longboard decks so they can fit into tighter spaces like hallways or stairwells.

Since these decks come in many sizes, riders can choose one that fits their specific needs when it comes to maneuverability and control.

Short boards generally feature harder wheels, shorter wheelbase lengths, stiffer trucks, and bushings which allow better response times during tricks but reduce stability at high speeds or on hills compared to longboards.

Penny Boards

Penny boards offer a combination of portability, speed-based performance, and lightness making them great for doing tricks outdoors or indoors.

These boards often feature plastic construction for improved durability compared to wood-constructed ones; plus they’re very easy to carry around due to their small size (most measure less than 20 inches).

Penny boards usually have targeted concave shapes along the deck surface which helps improve stability while riding at high speeds or performing tricks off curbs etc., due to increased foot grip against the surface area of the deck itself.

Like shortboards, penny boards have harder wheels with lesser flexes providing faster acceleration along with better response times during tricks owing to less friction between wheel-deck surface contact surfaces as compared with longer wheelbases used by traditional skateboards & cruisers (longboard).

When selecting a board for your child, it’s important to factor in the weight, length, and width size plus what type of riding experience it will bring them – from cruises down hills to flips off stairs – all factors play an important role in making sure your child has the most fun possible while remaining safe!

There's something unique about each style of the board so find one that works best for your child’s age level and skill set and get out there!

Girl on Skateboard

Additional tips to consider when choosing the right skateboard for your child:

  • Wheel Shape: Consider the shape of the wheels – round or conical? Round wheels offer more speed while conical wheels provide a bit more stability and grip.
  • Bearings: Bearings are an important part of any skateboard as they determine its speed and smoothness. Look for stainless steel bearings as they tend to last longer than other varieties.
  • Grip Tape: Grip tape is what keeps riders on their decks when cruising at high speeds. Make sure it’s strong enough to handle whatever you throw at it!
  • Trucks And Bushings: Trucks connect the deck to the board's base and bushings are used in between them for support. Higher-quality trucks and bushings make for a smoother ride.
  • Protective Gear: No matter what type of skateboard you choose, safety should always be the priority! Make sure your child wears protective gear — helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, etc.— when embarking on any sort of skateboarding adventure.

In conclusion:

Skateboarding is a great way for kids to get out and have fun, but it's important to remember that, unlike other sports and hobbies, it can involve a lot of falls and potential injuries if proper protective gear isn't worn.

To avoid such mishaps, choose the right skateboard for your child based on the age, skill level, weight capacity, and type of riding experience they are looking for.

Educate them on skateboard safety tips such as being aware of their surroundings when skating (including pedestrian traffic) and always wearing a helmet.

Last but not least, make sure your child chooses the right skate park or street location – both should have safety guidelines in place.

Happy skating!

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