When it comes to bikes, skis, snowboards, shoes etc, we all know kids don’t use the same size as adults. It just doesn’t make sense. The same goes for skateboards. Proper sizing of a kids skateboard has a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn and progress both safely and more easily.
What is the Perfect Skateboard Size:
The difference in skateboard sizes is actually quite subtle. It is not nearly as obvious as the size difference between kids and adults bikes or skis for instance. At least for street/park/trick style boards one of the smallest sizes which is for kids is 7” wide by 28” long while one of the largest sizes for adults is 9” wide by 33” long. Not too much of a visual change, but definitely a huge difference in the experience!
Most modern street/park/trick style skateboards share a proportional shape, similar to a short popsicle stick. A bigger board can be more stable but tends to be harder to maneuver. A smaller board can be a lot more agile, but should be wide enough to support the skater.
The width of the deck is the most often referenced metric as the length is typically driven by the width.
- Ages 5-7: We recommend the deck size of 7.0” x 28”. Skaters in this age range are typically about 40-60lbs and have a shoe size ranging from kids 11 to big kids 1 or 2. If a skater is on the bigger side of the weight or shoe size, they may want to bump up to the next size.
- Ages 8-10: We recommend the deck size of 7.25” x 29”. Skaters in this range are typically about 60-80lbs and have a shoe size ranging from a 2 up to around a 5. Smaller kids in this age range might prefer the smaller size board and larger kids may want to bump up.
- Ages 11-12: We recommend the deck size of 7.4” x 30”. Skaters in this range are typically about 80-100lbs and have a shoe size ranging from a 5 to 7. Smaller kids in this age range might prefer the smaller size board and larger kids may want to bump up to a 7.75” or 8”.
In conclusion, we have learned that choosing the right size skateboard for your son/daughter doesn’t have to be tricky. Beyond sizing, be sure to find a high quality board. Skateboards for kids should feature lighter weight components, softer bushings and optionally slightly softer wheels for neighborhood riding. Expect to spend between about $100 – $150 for a quality skateboard.