Best skateboards for beginners

Master the basics, from sidewalks to half pipes.

skateboard on the ground with sky in the background
Don’t forget knee pads and a helmet.Lukas Bato via Unsplash

Strapping a skateboard to your backpack and setting off on an adventure holds an allure for both kids and adults. You can practice your moves by yourself or hang out with friends at the local skatepark when you’re feeling social. When it’s beautiful outside and you’d rather walk than drive, a portable set of wheels allows you to cruise to your destination and have some fun along the way. If you’ve never skated before, your first board can allow you to get a feel for your favorite moves before purchasing a more professional model—or upgrading the wheels, trucks, and bearings on your deck. Here are some great choices.

WhiteFang Skateboards
Show off your new moves.Amazon

A wider skateboard deck gives you more control over your movement, but can make tricks more difficult. With a 7.88 inch width, this stylish board offers a little more stability than the average width of 7.5 inches. Choose one of five patterns from arrows to lightning for the underside of the Canadian maple deck, and then work to get yourself in the air so your friend can see your choice of design.

Roller Derby Deluxe Series
For your first trick, just stay on the board.Amazon

If you’ll try anything once, but have less success when it comes to trying things twice, the affordable price of this skateboard makes it an attractive option for dabbling. It’s 7.5 inches wide to give you room to balance, features a standard-length deck, and is complete and ready to roll. The deck is made from hard rock maple and has a grippy surface to help you stay on longer as you learn to navigate bumps in the sidewalk.

Playshion 31 Inch Trick Skateboard
Great for kids.Amazon

The bright pink pig and cool T-Rex designs of this skateboard express an attitude that might be a little over-confident for a beginner. Fortunately, the board is also a full 8 inches wide, so you’ve got more room to balance and build a reputation as someone who takes ramps with ease. It’s a great choice for kids ages 8 and up, and with a weight capacity of 220 pounds, can also accommodate many adults.

Magneto Mini Cruiser Skateboard
Looks great on your wall, but even better in the air.Amazon

If you’re ready to throw yourself into skateboarding, this is an excellent all-around board for cruising around town and learning tricks at the skatepark. With a length of 27 inches and a width of 7.5 inches, it’s designed for portability and versatility. Each artistic board design looks striking against the wood-grain of the Canadian maple deck, and features a sand grit finish for your feet to grip. Double asymmetric kick tails help you perform flips and ollies with confidence.