Q. I’m saving up for a new skateboard and don’t know a thing about the prices and the brands. Can you help me out?
— Skating Sam, Amarillo, Texas
A. Hey, Sam, that’s cool you’re saving up for a skateboard. You’ll have a blast skating. Good news: There’s not a lot you need to know.
The best and easiest way for a beginner to get into skating is to buy a “complete.” Instead of building a new board from the ground up by individually buying each of the necessary pieces (like the deck, grip tape, trucks, bearings and wheels), a complete is already built with components that work together and is ready to ride straight out of the box.
Expect to pay about $60 to $150 for a quality complete online or a bit more at a local skate shop. We’re big fans of the Positiv Andy Macdonald Walking Orca ($79.95 MSRP) and Powell-Peralta Blacklight Skull & Sword ($84 MSRP).
For more in-depth info, check out our Get Geared Up for Skateboarding feature at boyslife.org/skateboarding.
Enjoy your skating!