Buying your First Skateboard
Skateboarding has grown tremendously all over the world and it's hard to find a person that doesn't know about this hugely popular sport. Skateboarding takes a lot of time and effort before you can actually do all the tricks that many pro skaters do. But before anything else, you will need to have a skateboard first.
Being a beginner, you don't have to find the most expensive or the most advanced skateboard available on the market today. Since you will just be learning how to ride the skateboard, all you need is a good and sturdy board that will be able to take a beating.
When buying a skateboard, purchase one from a real skateboard shop and not those that are sold in toy stores. If you are serious about skateboarding, a real skateboard should be used as they are sturdier and will be able to withstand a lot of pressure. Plus, you may think that a toy skateboard may look the same and is cheaper but they may break easily which can cost you more in the long run, plus, they can get you into accidents easier.
Inform the store clerk that you are just looking for a board that will last long and you don't need the much more expensive advanced skateboards. You
can get that later on. Besides, almost all boards are the same with only little enhancements. You don't need to shell out the extra dough for a board that you are just going to practice on.
What makes the great difference in the performance of a skateboard are the wheels and the bearings underneath it. Many pro skaters modify theirs and have perfectly tuned trucks and bearings. At this stage, you don't have to buy the technically advanced gears. Ask for recommendations from the specialty store and see which they will recommend. If they keep on insisting that you get the expensive ones, then they are out to squeeze you of your money.
Fancy looking wheels may look great, but they can be pricier. Medium sized wheels are perfect for learning and they should be worn out if you practice hard. So getting the least expensive wheels would be advisable for you.
Trucks and bearings though last a long time so if you can afford it, then finding durable trucks and bearings would be good. Even if you break your board and you wear out your wheels, you may still be able to use your trucks and bearings on a new board.
Lastly, blank boards don't look as good but there cheaper and are good to start out on.