Choosing the best skateboard for beginners comes down to three things: your preferred skating style, age/physique and your budget.

This skateboard buying guide is the first step in the learning process to go from a novice skateboarder to an intermediate one.

The level of experience that you have is an important indicator of the type of skateboard you will buy. For beginner skateboarders, it is always recommended that they go with a ‘complete’ product where a combination of the skateboard parts (decks, wheels etc) has already been set in place.

Before we begin with the detailed guide about choosing the right skateboard for beginners and your skating style, we have prepared a brief list of the best skateboards for beginners in the table below.

Best Skateboards for Beginners

Skateboard NameSkateboard BrandCustomer Rating Weight (in pounds) 
Penny Australia Classic Complete Skateboard
(Editor's Pick)
Penny Australia9.44.3
Skatro Mini Cruiser Skateboard Complete
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon Complete Skateboard
(Editor's Pick)

Powell Peralta95
Rimable Complete Skateboard
KPC Pro Skateboard CompleteKPC 8.24.77
Merkapa Complete Skateboard
(For Kids)

Now, that you know how we rank the top skateboards for beginners, we will dive into the discussion of choosing the right skateboard for your style.

For the following guide, we will assume that you have had a little to no experience of riding a skateboard but you have finally decided that you can no longer live without owning one or you are ready to learn the skateboard basics.


What is your Skateboarding Style?

You’re all excited about getting a new skateboard but wait… you need to be very clear on the first question and determine your skating style. Ask yourself: what do I need the skateboard for? Do you need it for commuting to your friends’ house (or any place) without having to bear the hassle of a bike or perhaps you need it to learn some cool skateboard tricks to impress that crush of yours?

Once you have understood your skateboard needs, you are ready to go to the next step of picking the right board.


Choosing the Right Board

Continuing on the above point, if you want to use the skateboard for commuting then some people would recommend buying a longboard for that. However, if you are completely new to skateboarding especially if you are a kid with a small stature, controlling a longboard would prove to be difficult. Hence, it is advised that as a beginner you should either go for a skateboard or a penny board whose smaller size will make it easy to maneuver the board.

Note: If you are torn about choosing one skateboarding style, then we advise to go with a standard skateboard or a penny board which you can use for cruising and performing tricks as well. This is something you do not have a liberty with in a longboard.

So the next two headings would cover the popular question: what size of skateboard should I buy?


Skateboard Size Chart – What size of Skateboard should I buy?

While searching for that perfect skateboard on Amazon, you will quickly realize that skateboards come in various different sizes. Hence, it is important to understand the width and length of a particular skateboard.

The width of skateboard decks ranges from 6 to 8.3 inches and the width you want will again depend on your skating style. The width of the decks can be sorted into five sizes: micro, mini, small, mid-size and full-size. You should know that choosing the right skateboard means that it should match your height and shoe size. For your help, we have created a skateboard size chart which you can use to get a fair idea about a suitable skateboard width.

Skateboard Size Chart

The chart is intuitive in the sense that as a kid you have small feet so narrow boards is the right option however as a teenager/adult skateboarding for the first time, choosing a wider deck width will be the best choice for you. as it is stable and provides ample foot space to control the weight on the skateboard.

However, for a full-size deck the skating style of the rider would determine what deck size she should go for.

7.5 inches to 8 inches – Street skating and skateboard tricks

8 inches to 8.3 inches – Skating in parks or on ramps

8.3 inches and above – Vert skating or cruising


Moving on to the length of the skateboard

Typically, a standard skateboard ranges from 27 inches to 32 inches. While not a problem for skateboard intermediates, beginners can have a hard time maneuvering the longer decks. Since the shorter deck skateboards are lightweight, it is easier for beginners to handle the board. Other than that, you should not care too much about the length of a particular skateboard, only the width. Although the right length of the skateboard is a topic for advanced riders, but we will come to that later.

What wheels should I choose for the Skateboard?

The answer to this question again lies on your style and on which terrain to you intend on using your skateboard. If you intend on street skating, then you want to have smaller wheels that are responsive and lightweight hence, making it easy for beginners to pull-off tricks and make the board jump. The ideal size of wheels for this style should be around 49 mm to 53 mm. Moving on, if you intend on vert skating on skateboard ramps, you require wheels of around 54 mm to 60 mm. Larger wheels provide greater stability and more surface area to pull off skateboarding tricks on steel ramps.


What shape should I choose for my Skateboard?

You may think that skateboards come in flat shape only, however you can opt for a concave, convex, radial and many other shapes. However, getting into shapes is a topic for experienced riders and not one where a beginner should be confusing himself/herself. Typically, a good shape for beginners is a concave one which makes it easier to flip the skateboard and lift it off the ground by performing the skateboarding trick called ‘ollie’. The steepness of the concave shape would depend on whether you want to learn tricks (steep concave) or you require the skateboard for downhill riding (slight concave). As you mature in your experience, the shape of the skateboard becomes a personal preference for you.


Should I get a complete board or build a custom one?

Probably to your surprise, it is possible to build a custom skateboard by assembling your own bearings, deck, trucks and wheels. However, you do not want to go down that road if you’re a skateboard beginner as the complication of assembling a board is best left to the pro riders only. Instead, you should opt for a ‘complete’ skateboard that has been specially designed with optimal features and created with you in mind.


Where should I buy the Skateboard from?

You have done all the research and hard work in picking that perfect skateboard that you will start your journey with. But the next question is where do you get that skateboard from? Should you trust your local shop or order online from Amazon?
Well, not generalizing but with local shops only the retailer is aware of the quality of the skateboard that he is selling and the kind of raw materials used. It may look good on the face of it but what if it breaks after 2 weeks of riding? Not so good, eh?

We recommend you to order your chosen skateboard online from Amazon and there are various reasons for it:

  • Amazon is a trusted online retail giant
  • You can browse threw countless reviews of actual customers who chose to buy from Amazon
  • More often that not, you will get the best price of the skateboard on Amazon while ensuring that the quality of the skateboard is top-notch.

With that, your skateboard buying guide is complete and now you have all the information to buy your first skateboard from Amazon.

But we won’t end this here now without discussing the different skateboard parts so you not only have a skateboard but also the knowledge to go along with it.

Word of Caution
Make sure to buy these best skateboard accessories that are necessary for your protection before you begin your adventure in the skateboarding world.


What are the Skateboard Parts a Beginner needs to understand?

There are different skateboard parts available for your board should you decide that you need to customize your beginner board a bit to improve your skating experience. Changing the skateboard parts is sometimes necessary to suit your riding style and will directly affect its performance.

You should only experiment with different parts under supervision of a professional otherwise you may experience a decrease in your skateboard performance. 


Skateboard deck  Long boards or short boards?

A skateboard deck is the plank you stand on and is usually made of layers of wood (and sometimes plastic). It is perhaps the most important characteristic that you need to consider is the skateboard deck (the flat board) since it affects your mobility while making turns. The longboard is especially suitable for rides that involve big, broad turns. For quicker agility, the short board is more suitable as it helps you in commuting through the town among crowds and carving out short turns

Deck Materials – What Deck Materials to Choose?

Deck materials affect the quality of the ride. Beginners tend to stick to decks made out of plywood while professional skate boarders may prefer decks that are made out of materials like aluminum, fiber glass or other artificial materials. These decks are thicker and to a certain extent, also more flexible.

Bearings Get your bearings right!

Bearings, the pieces that mount the wheel to the axle, are important in the sense that the affect the speed and acceleration. Usually, the high quality and high rated bearings (on the ABEC ratings) are also more expensive. If the rating is high on the ABEC scale, then the wheels have higher precision. Skateboarding beginners looking to ride fast over long distances should select a bearing with a high rating on the ABEC scale.

Material of the bearings Steel Bearings

High quality steel bearings are important in your ride and will be reflected in less screeching and stiffening as you come to a sudden halt in your ride. The lower quality and cheaper material bearings do not work well because rust and dirt may get stuck in them.

Ceramic Bearings Skateboard  Are Ceramic Bearings Better? 

Ceramic bearings offer the advantage of producing less friction and expanding less in heat and are extremely smooth. Owing to this high quality experience, ceramic bearings are usually more expensive. Also, ceramic bearings also require less maintenance as they do not rust and do not need to be replaced as often as the steel bearings need to be replaced. This is why many skateboarders adore ceramic bearings and are becoming popular by the day!

Bearing Spacers Skateboard  What do Bearings Spacers do?

Bearing spacers are fitted in between the bearings to reduce weight distributed to the bearings which makes taking turns much smoother, more stable and increase the live of the bearings as well.

Although they are optional, bearing spacers are the way to go especially if you are into doing some fun skateboard tricks, excellent for smooth sliding and for skating as hard as you want

Skateboard Wheels  What Skateboard Wheels should I get?

The importance of choosing your skateboard wheels lies in the fact that they determine how fast you can go. The two important features of wheels are their diameter and their durometer (hardness of the wheel).

Wheel diameter basically determine how quickly you can start accelerating and how tightly you can turn. The smaller the diameter, the smaller will be the wheels and hence, slower the ride. This is in contrast to large wheels with which you can start accelerating quickly and enjoy a faster ride!

Skateboards Wheel Size Guide

Durometer measures the hardness of the wheels and is usually measured on the Durometer A scale. The higher the number on the scale, the greater will be the hardness of the wheels. Although harder wheels offer greater speed, the grip is more for the softer wheels. The hardness of the wheels also depends on your personal preference for the terrain that you are choosing to skateboard on. Owing to their better grip, softer wheels are better suited for street skating while hard wheels can be used for smooth surfaces like skating parks.

general durometer guide

Bushings Skateboard: What Bushings should I get?

The rubbery ring like bushings around the kingpin of skateboard trucks, help in the skateboard taking turns smoothly and help in pivoting it. A more resistant board is formed from stiffer bushings and it is very helpful while performing skateboard tricks. Looser bushings can be a good option when casually cruising through the streets. Bushing tightness depends on each rider’s preferences, and bushings can be easily adjusted to suit your needs. Skateboard truck bushings are all the same size, and will fit any skateboard or longboard.

Another important factor in choosing the bushings, is the shape of the bushing. There are three basic shapes: conical, barrel and eliminator. However, different combinations of these shapes can be used to accentuate the rides.

Skateboard Trucks – What to choose and why are trucks important?

The T shaped tools used to bind and hold the bearings and wheels of the skateboard firmly to the deck are trucks and can affect your skateboard performance.

They affect the kind of tricks you can pull off using your skateboards and also affect your stability while lightly cruising and hardcore skateboarding. Trucks also enable you to make turns right or left and can be altered to perform tighter turns.

The distance between hanger (the triangular metal piece) and the bottom of the skate deck is called the truck profile. Most riders choose to go for mid-sized trucks but it can be replaced with high or low trucks depending on your skating style.

Low Trucks: Suitable for smaller wheels, as they provide greater stability.

High Trucks: Suitable for larger wheels, as they facilitate cruising and carving.

With that, you know pretty much all the basics you need to know about skateboards and are all set to buy your first skateboard.

Don’t forget to check out our skateboard protective gear recommendations for the inevitable injuries!