So your son or daughter has expressed an interest in skateboarding, how exciting! Skateboarding is a great activity for a wide variety of different types of kids. Sometimes stereotypes might be misleading. There are all sorts of kids that can enjoy skateboarding and receive a whole variety of benefits from it.
Of course Skateboarding can be attractive to the daredevil kids! What better way to get the adrenaline pumping than cruising around the skatepark, popping ollies and getting air. Skateboarding brings along the benefits of physical fitness, balance and coordination.
The Cautious Introverts
Yes, really! Some of Skateboardings most inventive pioneers were never the classic outgoing daredevil types. Skaters always have the ability to proceed at their own pace. Proper protective gear brings confidence and practice makes perfect. You don’t even have to be doing crazy tricks to develop a great love of skateboarding. Some of the happiest skaters at the park or in the neighborhood are just out for a cruise!
Everyone in Between
Skateboarding really isn’t about labeling kids, it means something unique for everyone. Some kids will treat it more like a sport, they may want to enter contests or at least compete with their friends. Others may appreciate it more as an art form of personal expression. Almost a dance. There are no preset rules or expectations. Skateboarders are unique individuals who happen to share a love of riding on their boards.
Choosing a Skateboard
While your kids will ultimately figure out what kind of skater they are, it may be up to you to help them out by choosing their first kids skateboard. Our advise is to choose a high quality board made in a proper size for kids. Expect to spend at least $100 on a decent skateboard, anything cheaper is really a toy and not going to provide much support for your budding skater. Most higher quality boards are made for teens or bigger kids, so you may need to look harder for properly sized smaller skateboards for younger kids.