June 12, 2017
If you’re thinking of buying your very first skateboard, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Where should you buy a skateboard? How do you make sure not to look completely stupid in the store? What do you need to know? What about all those different shapes? So here are a few things you should know and consider before you take the plunge. Remember that it’s totally fine for you to not know a lot about skateboards yet and it’s better to ask too many questions than not enough.
The first question to ask yourself is: Are you a tinkerer or do you like buying things that don’t need any more work done? If you just want to buy a board and start skating, you may want to buy a „complete“ skateboard, and that’s fine and probably not a bad idea for beginners. But if you want to learn more about the different aspects of a skateboard, you should think about assembling your own board. Next you need to figure out the size and shape of your skateboard. Do you want a shortboard, because you want to get into street skateboarding and learn to do tricks? Or do you want a longboard or a cruiser because you just want to move from A to B on a skateboard? What kind of curve should the deck have? Should it be flat, radial, progressive, w-concave? Put some research into this or talk to someone experienced to figure out what exactly you want from your skateboard.
Know that you are not likely to buy the perfect board right away. The first skateboard is a little like the first pancake in a batch: it’s not perfect but it gives you a whole bunch of information about what you need to do differently for the second pancake (or skateboard) to be better. You need to find out what’s right for you and that takes time.
When buying a skateboard you need to make sure not to fall into any of the obvious traps: Just because a skateboard looks cool, doesn’t mean it’s a good skateboard. Also, you’re going to skratch it all up anyway, so better not to get too attached to the design. Another thing to avoid is to buy a cheap board. So don’t go buying your board at a superstore! Invest some money, that way your learning experience will be safer and you won’t have to go buy a new one too quickly. But bear in mind that your deck will eventually break. That’s just what happens. Learn how to take care of the board and that way you’ll make it last longer – this is also an argument for assembling your board yourself.
You should also buy protective gear: a good helmet and some knee, elbow and wrist pads because, trust me, you’re going to fall and you’re going to fall a lot. If you’ve got a problem with pain and scraped skin, don’t buy a skateboard. Find something else to get into. But I think that the pain is worth the joy you feel as you push through the wind, as you learn to go around a curve, as you do your first trick without falling on your ass. It’s totally worth it.