We always welcome new skateboarders to join our community, especially the young ones since they will be the future of skateboarding. And to start your skateboarding journey, it’s suggested that you begin with a good skateboard to help you getting used to the skating business.
When it comes to choosing a skateboard for a 12-year-old, most people often ask about the sizes, which is also their main concern. However, from my experiences, there are also other factors that you will need to consider.
Which is why, in this post, we’ll provide you with the comprehensive guides on how to choose a good skateboard. Here you’ll find everything you need to know regarding best skateboards for kids that are around the age of 12.
First of all, you should pay attention to the deck, which is, considerably, the most important component on your skateboard.
With children that are at the age of 12, it’s best to choose decks that come with a relatively smaller width compared to those for adults. Usually, you should go for decks that measure 7.25” or 7.35”, which are the standard sizes for teenagers.
However, if you find the 7.5” boards comfortable, you can also choose it over the other. Just keep in mind that wider deck will make it harder to control the board, especially when you’re doing tricks.
As for the length, for most cases, the wider the deck, the longer it is. However, for a 12-year-old skateboarder, standard boards that are about 30” long would be the best option. It delivers a certain amount of stability so that you can comfortably stand on it while still maintain relatively maneuverable.
Another thing for skateboard decks for a 12-year-old is that it should feature a suitable thickness. For children at the age of twelve, there is no need for a thick deck to support heavy weights. That being said, you should focus on the flex instead of rigidness. Especially those who love doing tricks or skills on their skateboard, having a good flex would make things a lot easier.
Although this might sound insignificant to some adult skateboarders, but in case you haven’t known yet, children love stylish graphics. That being said, if you’re planning to choose a skateboard as a gift for your 12-year-old son or daughter, make sure you choose the ones with stylish graphics that he/she would love. Having a cool or cute graphic on their boards would encourage the kid to go out and skate more.
Nowadays, with most trucks are well-constructed (usually with reinforced Aluminum), you won’t likely to have to worry about their durability, especially when they only have to support the weight of a 12-year-old.
Having said that, it all comes down to choosing the right truck sizes for your skateboard. To make the board comfortable, it’s recommended that you choose trucks that has a suitable width, which shouldn’t be too wide as it would make your board bulkier.
Instead, you should go for skateboard trucks that match the width of your deck or just a little bit longer. With this, when you install the wheels, they won’t point out too much, allowing for better performances when doing tricks.
In additions, also pay attention to the colors and graphics. As I’ve said, since children love colorful graphics on their board, it would be cool to have skateboard trucks that pop.
When it comes to skateboard wheels, there are only two main factors that you need to consider. Their hardness and sizes.
For most skateboarders, you’ll have a wide variety of different hardness ranging from 70A to 100A. Depending on your preferences and skating styles, each one is suitable for certain purposes. For those who love doing tricks and skills on their skateboard, having relatively hard wheels that are above 90A is always recommended. It would help you deal with rocks and pebbles while riding on the streets as well as delivering good responsiveness.
On the other hand, those that mostly use their skateboard for casual cruising would find softer wheels more suitable. As it comes with a low hardness level, these wheels would help you absorb shocks and impacts while riding on the road.
As for the sizes of the wheels, for most of the time, skateboarders prefer having thin wheels on their board. This allows for better speed as well as reducing the total weights, making it easier for flying tricks. In additions, for children at the age of 12, having small wheels that measure around 50mm is also recommended.
The bearings are important components of your skateboard which are used to facilitate the rotations of your wheels. They come in two different types, the standard ones. And the ceramic ones, which are usually faster and also last longer. However, they would also cost a little more compared to the standard one.
Either of which, you won’t likely to go wrong when choosing skateboard bearings. Just make sure that they come from a trusted brand and you’re good to go.
Depending on your preferences, skateboard tricks or casual cruising, which is your priority? For casual cruising, you won’t need a grip tape that is too sticky since it would damage your shoes. On the other hand, if doing tricks is what you’re after, then you should prepare your next pair of shoes since you’ll be using the sticky grip tape a lot.
Nonetheless, for skateboard beginners, especially people around the age of 12, it’s more reasonable to choose the stickiest grip tape that you can get. The grippy surface is perfect for anyone who wishes to stand and skate comfortably on their new skateboard.
And once you’re comfortable with it, you might want to sand off the surface a little bit to protect your shoes. If doing tricks isn’t your priority, of course.
Complete Or Build It Yourself?
Building your own skateboard certainly has its own benefits compared to buying a complete one. While you can customize the board to fit your requirements, you can also cut costs by having the board assembled on your own. However, the downside is that not everyone is capable of building their own board.
That being said, for all 12-year-old skateboarders out there, if this is your first skateboard, it’s recommended that you ask someone who is experienced first. If it’s possible, you can ask them to build the skateboard for you. Use our guides as the references for your skateboard.
However, if this isn’t the case, you can definitely purchase a complete skateboard. Just make sure that the sizes are comfortable with your skating preferences.
And that’s our opinions on what size skateboard should a 12-year-old get. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.