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Best Complete Skateboards for Beginners 2021 (With Their Top Specs)

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 also skim through our skateboard sizing guide to make sure you pick the right skateboard for you. 

Best Beginner Complete Skateboards Under $80

Globe Goodstock Complete Skateboard




The Globe Goodstock is a complete skateboard setup that comes preassembled with everything you need to learn to skateboard. This comes in at $80, and at that price, it is a steal. The quality is pro-level, and it is leagues beyond what you would buy from Walmart or Target.

The skateboard has a durable 7-ply maple deck. That is the standard, and it will last you for months as you learn to skate. The shape of the skateboard has a slight concave to it, so it will have the right feel to learn ollies and flip tricks. The trucks this comes with are tensor trucks, and they will match the correct size truck to go with the skateboard size that you order. The wheels are Globe 52mm 99a wheels. They are the standard hard wheels that would be for street skateboarding, park skating, and sliding ledges.

My recommendation is to go with the 8.0″ skateboard or greater if your shoe size is larger than a US men’s 8.0. Check out our skateboard size guide to learn the best size for you.


Pros

  • The price for a pro-level quality complete skateboard.
  • The 99a hard wheels are perfect for street skating and learning ledge tricks.
  • The mellow concave deck is perfect for learning ollies.
  • Comes preassembled with the proper sized trucks to match the skateboard.

Cons

  • The bearings and bushings might need to be replaced after a few months. That is normal and both are under $10 to replace.
  • While Globe is a known skatebard brand, they are known more so for their skate shoes than their skateboards.

Sizes:

Comes in all major sizes: 7.75 Inches, 8.0 Inches, 8.125 Inches, 8.25 Inches, 8.375 Inches






Best Complete Skateboard Package for Beginners

Element Volcanic 7.75 Skateboard With Full Jr Pad Set




If you are a parent looking to buy a complete skateboard package for your son or daughter who is over four feet tall, I would recommend going with this one. Everything in the package is made with professional skate quality gear, and it comes preassembled, ready to skate out of the box.

This package comes with a complete skateboard, a helmet, and an entire set of pads. Some skateparks require kids to wear pads, and this package has every single thing they would need to learn to skateboard at their local skatepark.

The complete skateboard comes with a 7.75-inch Element skate deck and all adequately sized trucks, wheels, grip tape, and hardware to match. All of the components are made by Element Skateboards. Element has been making excellent skate gear since 1992. I’ve been skated Element decks over the years, and I always loved the shape and feel. Your son or daughter will love skating this too. If you are looking for one package with everything you need, this is it.


Pros

  • This has everything a kid would need to learn to skateboard.
  • Comes preassembled with all properly sized parts.
  • Perfect for most skaters older than 8 years old.

Cons

  • The pads would be too small for an adult.

Sizes:

7.75″ In Deck With Helmet and Pads

PS. If you don’t need the pads, you can save a few dollars by buying just the skateboard here.




Best Adult Beginner Skateboard Under $100

Deathwish Complete Skateboard Gang Logo 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 skateboard. 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 skateboards 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 Skateboards For Tall Adults

Enjoi Candy Coated 8.25″ Complete Skateboard




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 skateboard. 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 Skateboards for Rougher Pavement

Santa Cruz Green Dot Complete Skateboard 7.8″




This complete is a little more narrow at 7.8″. It would be good for teenagers and adults who want a lighter skateboard. 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

Enjoi Panda 6.75″ Micro Complete Skateboard for Kids




Enjoi skateboard decks offer a decent quality that would be perfect for a young skater that is under four and a half feet tall. This skateboard is great 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. Skateboard parts are all relatively inexpensive and interchangeable. I selected this one primarily based on its price point and dimensions. It is primarily the length of the dimensions of the deck that make it great for kids. This particular one is only 28.5 inches long, and a standard skateboard is closer to 31.5 inches long. This is a of a greater quality and will give a skateboarder more of the real feeling of the skateboard over anything you might get at Walmart or Target. Trust me in saying this skateboard is leagues beyond that level of quality.


Pros

  • This deck is the right dimensions for a younger 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 51mm 99A are the perfect wheels for park street and skating.

Cons

  • As the skater grows over 4.5′, they should get a slightly longer deck.
  • The core trucks are from a lesser known brand. They are still high quality and shouldn’t give you trouble.



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

Blind Round Space 7.0″ Mini Complete Skateboard for Kids



Since 1989 Blind skateboards have been a trusted brand in the skate industry. I skated the decks in the 90s and the next deck I will be putting on is a blind. They are a quality brand with a nice shape to them. They have the proper concave and steeper nose and tail to help you learn how to pop your tricks off the ground.

This deck is a 7.0 inches wide by 29 inches long. It has the perfect dimensions for kids who want to learn to skateboard.


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 512mm 83A 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 Skateboards for a 9 or 10 Year Old Who Want to Learn Tricks

Santa Cruz Classic Dot Mid Size Complete Skateboard 7.25




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 skateboard 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 occasionally skaters need to swap out their bushings. (Bushings are under $10 to replace.)



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

Bling Reaper Checkers Complete Skateboard 7.375″ (Mid-size Deck)




This is a great value for only $99. 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 skateboard 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 skateboard.

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 skateboard 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 deck 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 Skateboards For Teenagers

Powell Dragon Complete Skateboard 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 skateboard 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.



So there you have it

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

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

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

A Few Tips to Help You Find Your First Skateboard

  1. Skip a skateboard from the major retail outlets like Walmart, Target, etc. 
  2. Skim through Amazon for complete skateboard packages in the $50 – $100 or $100 – $150 range. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. We recommend beginning with a complete skateboard 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. 

Now all that is left to do, is go skateboard and have fun.

Good luck out there, everyone!



Steve Weber is an avid snowboarder and skateboarder. He has been snowboarding for 26 years, skateboarding for 20, and is always looking for a new board sport to try out. When he is not riding or skating, he runs a marketing agency. Board of the world is Steve’s blog for skateboard and snowboard gear reviews. The blog’s goal is to help people find the right board for them and encourage people to have fun outside.