Best Beginner Skateboards 2020: A List of Completely Assembled Boards That Are Perfect For Learning

Learning to skateboard can be challenging enough. If you start with the wrong gear, you can halt your progression altogether. This guide is designed to ensure you start with the right skateboard for you. 

Before we begin, I recommend that you skim through our skate deck sizing guide to make sure you pick the right board for you. 

The options below will help guide you, however, ultimately you need the right size board. 

Here are a few guiding principles that will help you when you are just starting out. 

How To Find The Right Beginner Set Up

  • Skip a skateboard from the major retail outlets like Walmart, Target, etc. 
  • Skim through Amazon for complete skateboard packages in the $50 – $100 or $100 – $150 range. 
  • Look for brand name decks from some of the more well known industry brands like, Element, Sanata Cruz, Baker, Deathwish, Enjoi, Creature, Powell, Blind, Primitive, and Globe. The name of the deck brand is most likely going to be the brand name in the product’s title.
  • Don’t worry too much if the trucks, bearings, or wheels are not from a well known brand. All skateboard parts are interchangeable. If you are just beginning, you won’t be doing many high impact tricks, so having a generic set of trucks will not hurt your progress.

We recommend beginning with a complete board because it will come with all of the correctly matched size parts. This will help ensure that you have the right sized trucks to match your skateboard deck. Additionally, it will save you time having to research the exact dimensions you will need for everything. 

With that being said, I will hand select a few boards for you to consider when you are thinking of just starting to skateboard. 

Please note, I will only be adding decks from companies I myself have skated (or a friend has skated and vouched for). 

Rest assured, if it is on this guide, it will last you through your beginning months. 

Here are the best skateboards to get if this is your first time skating

Best Adult Beginner Skateboard Under $100

Deathwish Complete Gang Logo Black/Red 8.0″




This is the complete setup that I would go with. The deck size is perfect for any adult just starting out. It isn’t too wide where it will be heavy, and it isn’t from a generic brand like most of the completes under $100 tend to come with.

In the cons, the only detail I could come up with is that I have never skated Core Trucks. They look to get decent reviews, they were likely just included to keep the cost low. They are metal trucks with the right specs to fit the board. You aren’t going to be ollieing off of loading docks during your first few months skateboarding, so these will be perfect for you.

With any of the boards on this list, all of the parts are replaceable in expensively. That is the joy of skateboarding. If a part of your set up, isn’t quite what you need, you can change it out.


Pros

  • Deathwish is a well known brand and the size of this deck is perfect for an adult.
  • Comes with higher quality Abec 5 bearings than most complete set ups. This will be a smooth ride.
  • The 52mm 99A are the perfect wheels for park street and skating.

Cons

  • The core trucks are from a lesser known brand.



Best Beginner Skateboard For Tall Adults

Enjoi Vapeem Orange 8.25″ Complete




This complete set up would be good for any adult. The width and length are only slightly wider and longer than usual, so even though I am recommending it for a taller beginner, anyone could enjoy riding this board. Having a larger deck is also good for riding mini ramps and bowls. The set up comes with generic (or lesser known) trucks and wheels. These should be fine for you. The key thing to remember is any of these completes are built strong enough for you to learn on, and any of these parts are replaceable.


Pros

  • The deck’s wider and slightly longer dimensions will make this perfect for taller adults or anyone with a larger foot size. (Men’s 9.0+)
  • Comes with higher quality Abec 5 bearings than most complete set ups. This will be a smooth ride.
  • The 99a harder wheels will make this perfect for learning slide tricks.

Cons

  • The trucks are from a lesser known brand. The reviews look decent, I have never skated these though.



Best Beginner Skateboard for Rougher Pavement

Santa Cruz Green Dot Complete 7.8″




This complete is a little more narrow at 7.8″. It would be good for teenagers and adults who want a lighter board. Santa Cruz is a well known brand with one of my favorite deck shapes. This deck comes with softer wheels. Soft wheels are perfect for cruising around, however, it will make some tricks where your wheels need to slide difficult. If you want a smooth ride, go for this. As you progress, you might want to pick up a set of 99a or 100a wheels to learn ledge tricks.


Pros

  • Santa Cruz deck shape is great for learning ollies and kickflips
  • The wheels are soft, so they will help you go faster and ride on rougher pavement
  • The quality and value for right around $100

Cons

  • The softer wheels will make it more difficult to powerslide or learn sliding ledge tricks
  • The trucks and bearings are from a less popular brand called Bullet. Bullet is from the same parent company as Creature and Santa Cruz. I consider these as a generic version from a stellar company. They will be fine for you.



Best Beginner Skateboard for Kids that are 4 or 5 years old

Globe Micro Complete 6.5″ (Micro Sized Deck for Kids)




Globe’s skateboard decks offer a decent quality, they are not the strongest and not the weakest. They will be a perfect deck for a lighter skateboarder just starting out because they will not be doing high impact tricks. As the skateboarder gets better, you can always upgrade the deck. I selected this one primarily based on its price point and dimensions. Get this over anything you would typically find at a major retailer like Walmart or Target. This will be leauges beyond that.


Pros

  • This deck is the right dimensions for a youger skateboarder that is just starting out.
  • Comes with higher quality Abec 5 bearings than most complete set ups. This will be a smooth ride.
  • The 52mm 99A are the perfect wheels for park street and skating.

Cons

  • Globe is a known skatebard. However, they are primarily known for their shoes.
  • The core trucks are from a lesser known brand.



Best Beginner Skateboard for Kids That Are 6, 7, or 8 Years Old

Powell The Ripper Complete 7.0″ (Mini-size Deck for Kids)





Pros

  • This deck is the right dimensions for kids between the ages of 6 to 8.
  • Comes with higher quality Abec 5 bearings than most complete set ups. This will be a smooth ride.
  • The 52mm 90A are the perfect wheels for cruising around. They are softer and more forgiving.

Cons

  • The softer wheels, while smoother to ride, will make it harder to learn some tricks like noseslides and powerslides.



Best Beginner Skateboard for a 9 or 10 Year Old Who Want to Learn Tricks

Santa Cruz Classic Dot Complete 7.25 (Mid-size Deck)




This is another really good deal for a beginner. While, I recommend this for anyone learning to skateboard who is 9 or 10 years old, it is more accurate to say this could be good for anyone between 4′ 5″ and 5′ tall.

Santa Cruz is a favorite brand of mine. The decks have lasted me over the years, and the concave shape of the deck always felt great under my feet. If you are just starting out and want a board that can help you learn tricks, I recommend this one.


Pros

  • The shape of the deck is great for riding and learning tricks.
  • The harder 99a wheels will be great for learning grind and slide ledge tricks.
  • The mid size length. This skateboard really would work well for anyone who is between 4’5″ and 5′ foot tall.

Cons

  • Lower precision rated Abec 3 bearings. If these wind up breaking, you can always swap them out.
  • Trucks are from a less popular company. The reviews seem decent. The only complaint is occassionally skaters need to swap out their bushings. (Busings are under $10 to replace.)



Best Beginner Skateboard for a 9 or 10 Year Old Who Want to Just Ride Around

Bling Reaper Chains Complete 7.375″ (Mid-size Deck)




This is a great value for only $80. While I recommend this for anyone learning to skateboard who is 9 or 10 years old, it is more accurate to say this could be good for anyone between 4′ 5″ and 5′ tall.

Blind was the first brand of skateboard deck I ever had. I loved it. Everything about Blind is awesome. Their pro team, the excellent reaper graphics, and best of all is the shape of their decks. This board will be great for learning tricks, however, its the wheels that made me recommend it as a more of a cruiser board than a trick board.

There are benefits to soft wheels. They won’t take as much effort to push, they roll well on most driveways, and they grip better. It speaks to beginners or anyone who just wants to cruise or carve around. So why doesn’t everyone skate soft wheels then? Well, because when you go to do a noseslide or tailslide on a curb the wheels stick and prevent you from sliding. If you are learning tricks on flatground, these are perfect. If you are going to be skating a box or rail you set up in your driveway, you can always swap these wheels out for something harder.


Pros

  • This has soft wheels, so it will be easy to skate on rougher pavement. This is great for kids just starting out. There will be more grip, board control, and less sliding.
  • Comes with higher quality bearings than most complete. This will be a smooth ride.
  • The trucks have a hollow kingpin making the board light. This is a good complete to learning flatground tricks. (The soft wheels will make ledge tricks a little more difficult to learn because they won’t slide easily.)

Cons

  • The soft wheels will make it challenging to do certain tricks like powerslides or nose slides. It makes it easier to ride, though. As you progress, you might want to get a pair of harder wheels (like a 99a or 100a) that you can swap out.



Best Beginner Skateboard for a 12 Year Old

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete 7.75″




Technically this set up could work for all teenagers and adults too. In the early 2000’s it was common to skate a deck with a smaller width like a 7.75″. The smaller width is great for learning flip tricks.

I chose this as the set up of choice for 12 and 13 year old beginners because it comes from a trusted brand and its size is likely going to work for you.

If you are just starting out, you are going to enjoy the softer 92a wheels. As you progress and want to learn more grind tricks, you might want to get a pair of harder wheels to swap these out. Otherwise, you will thoroughly enjoy complete deck from Enjoi.


Pros

  • This includes everything you will need from a trusted, well known, skate brand.
  • The size is good for anyone who has a smaller foot or wants a lighter board to help them learn kickflips or heelflips.
  • The wheels are softer, so this will be good on a driveway with slightly rougher pavement.

Cons

  • This has softer wheels. It will be incredible for cruising around. The softer wheels make it challenging to learn some grind and slide tricks, though.



Best Skateboard For a 13 Year Old

Powell Dragon Complete 7.63″





Pros

  • This includes everything you will need from a trusted, well known, skate brand.
  • The size is good for anyone who has a smaller foot or wants a lighter board to help them learn kickflips or heelflips.
  • The wheels are softer, so this will be good on a driveway with slightly rougher pavement.

Cons

  • This is a regular 31″ length deck. It will get you used to skating a “normal” deck size. However, you might want to find a shorter length if you are on the shorter size. Anyone above 4′ should get comfortable riding this.



Best Beginner Skateboard for a 12 Year Old

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete 7.75″




Technically this set up could work for all teenagers and adults too. In the early 2000’s it was common to skate a deck with a smaller width like a 7.75″. The smaller width is great for learning flip tricks.

I chose this as the set up of choice for 12 and 13 year old beginners because it comes from a trusted brand and its size is likely going to work for you.

If you are just starting out, you are going to enjoy the softer 92a wheels. As you progress and want to learn more grind tricks, you might want to get a pair of harder wheels to swap these out. Otherwise, you will thoroughly enjoy complete deck from Enjoi.


Pros

  • This includes everything you will need from a trusted, well known, skate brand.
  • The size is good for anyone who has a smaller foot or wants a lighter board to help them learn kickflips or heelflips.
  • The wheels are softer, so this will be good on a driveway with slightly rougher pavement.

Cons

  • This has softer wheels. It will be incredible for cruising around. The softer wheels make it challenging to learn some grind and slide tricks, though.



So there you have it

Here are the best skateboards to buy if you are brand new to all of this:

  1. Best Adult Beginner Skateboard Under $100: Deathwish Complete Gang Logo Black/Red 8.0″
  2. Best Beginner Skateboard For Tall Adults: Enjoi Vapeem Orange 8.25″ Complete
  3. Best Beginner Skateboard for Rougher Pavement: Santa Cruz Green Dot Complete 7.8″
  4. Best Beginner Skateboard for Kids that are 4 or 5 years old: Globe Micro Complete 6.5″ (Micro Sized Deck for Kids)
  5. Best Beginner Skateboard for Kids That Are 6, 7, or 8 Years Old: Powell The Ripper Complete 7.0″ (Mini-size Deck for Kids)
  6. Best Beginner Skateboard for a 9 or 10 Year Old Who Want to Learn Tricks: Santa Cruz Classic Dot Complete 7.25 (Mid-size Deck)
  7. Best Beginner Skateboard for a 9 or 10 Year Old Who Want to Just Ride Around: Bling Reaper Chains Complete 7.375″ (Mid-size Deck)
  8. Best Beginner Skateboard for an 11 or 12 Year Old: Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete 7.75″
  9. Best Skateboard For a 13 Year Old: Powell Dragon Complete 7.63″
  10. Best Beginner Skateboard for a 12 Year Old: Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete 7.75″