I’m a huge fan of skateboarding. It’s been five years now but I still remember the first time I felt the wheels of my first skateboard rolling below my feet. I’ve never experienced such freedom and calmness. I also remember when I got my first skateboard. I wish I knew then what I know now. As an amateur with a burning desire to ride and very little knowledge about different types of skateboards, I though any model will do. Little did I know at that time that I was far from being right. Now I know better. Design does matter but the right skateboard can make a difference between bringing your skateboarding to the next level and watching others riding from the bench seat. So if you too are thinking about getting a skateboard, there are few things you should consider.
First off, where you buy matters as much as what you buy. Going to a small local shop may seem like the right thing to do but it does not mean you’ll get the best. Learned that the hard way. I personally order boards online only. Every online skate shop, besides greater variety of items also has a team of experiences people who will guide you through the whole process. Plus, chances of finding a particular product are greater than shopping locally. Online you will always get exactly what you need. Also, every online skate shop (if you subscribe to their mailing list) will notify you of the latest products and promotions.
Secondly, going cheap is a big no-no. Never skimp on boards or any skateboarding apparel and gear for that matter. An attractive skateboard with a very cool design and wheels already attached to it sounds attractive but beware. Keep in mind that the higher the cost, the better the quality you are likely to get. Although when shopping online, you get the best of both worlds. Take advantage of the Internet (the whole world already is) and get high quality at down-to-earth prices.
Avoid buying a skateboard with a beautiful design so you do not feel bad about scratching it up later. Yes I know, some boards simply look awesome. But seeing that same board get destroyed later will only make you feel bad when in reality you should feel good for improving your riding skills and accomplishing new challenges. Moreover, if you are still learning how to skate, then you shouldn’t, in any case consider a retro looking deck or maybe an old longboard. Your best option is to go conventional. Or you can do what I did when I first started and borrow a board. However, you won’t be able to just grab your board and roll outside whenever you want. Hence, having one of your own will help you improve your skills and take skateboarding to the next level.
And last but not least, never forget to grip your board. Yes, I know, that wood grain top sheet looks awesome, but it is absolutely necessary you grip your board. Believe it or not, it is in a sense very therapeutic, but if you do not feel like doing it, you can always as local skate shop staff to get it done for you.