The 10 Best Skateboards For Beginners

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Skateboarding can be a fun way to add some exercise to your day or get you from point A to point B in an eco-friendly, healthy manner. Whether you are an adult or a child, it is important to get a good beginner model that suits your needs and skill level. On this list you'll find a variety of different styles, from longboards to minis. Just make sure to always wear safety gear when you ride. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Rimmable Mini Cruiser

2. Kryptonics Cutaway

3. Hi-Na Hinaboard

Editor's Notes

September 10, 2020:

It's important to note that while many of these boards are appropriate for young users, there is always an inherent risk of injury when using a skateboard — especially if you're a beginner. For maximum safety, it's important to wear the right protective gear, so be sure to invest in a skateboarding helmet before you try out your new wheels. And, of course, if the rider is a child, adult supervision is absolutely necessary.

In terms of updates, the Penny Nickel, Retrospec Zed, and Positiv Andy Macdonald have gotten the ax due to availability issues. The good news: the Kryptonics Cutaway, Hi-Na Hinaboard, and PlayWheels Kids have been added to the list to provide a wider variety of board shapes and sizes. The Rimmable Mini Cruiser has been upgraded to the top slot because of its sturdy, aerodynamic shape and cool, colorful designs.

February 06, 2019:

We realize that not ever beginner is a child, more and more adults are choosing to pick up the sport every day. For that reason, we made sure to include models to suit all ages and sizes of riders. We also wanted to provide you with a variety of different board styles, since some people may want to learn on a longboard cruiser, while others may prefer a trick skateboard.

Special Honors

Magneto Mini Cruiser This roughly 28-inch-long board is made with a combination of carbon-infused bamboo and maple wood and features double kick tails. It also has a clear sandblast coating that minimizes the risk of slippage (and eliminates the need to buy grip tape).

Roller Derby Street Series The Roller Derby Street Series boasts an eye-catching print (there are two to choose from) and a generous 31-inch length. Five-inch aluminum trucks adorn the 7-ply maple wood deck, and the bearings are made from durable Bevo Silver-5 Race Rated Carbon.

Jaxpety Blank Complete If you've been on the hunt for something with a classic, no-frills design, this may be the board for you. Finished with Abec 5 chrome bearings, 52mm wheels, and premium grade 80A black grip tape, it comes fully assembled and ready to ride.

4. Quest Super Cruiser Original

5. Minority 32-Inch

6. PlayWheels Kids

7. Merkapa 22-Inch

8. Playshion Drop Through Longboard

9. Krown Rookie

10. Enjoi Whitey Panda

Taber Koeghan
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