6 Best Beginner Longboards for Kids 2019
October 19, 2019
Summers is around the corner and your kids need a way to stay busy. Longboarding is both a fun way to stay fit and a good reason for your kids to get out of the house. It requires little supervision and will be sure to tire them out.
But it all banks on you getting the right board for them. If you get them something that isn’t smooth and sucks to ride, they simply will not touch it.
Today’s article is a simple guide to getting your kids the best longboard for their needs. After reading it, you will know how to pick something smooth turning and enjoyable to ride.
6 Best Beginner Longboards for Kids Reviewed
Volador Maple Longboard – Best for bigger kids
If your kid is a bit on the heavier side, this longboard might be the right one for them. At 40in in length, 9in in width and 8plys thick – this board is going to be strong, comfortable to ride, and easy to handle.
It comes from the brand Volador. These guys are specialists in creating affordable but decent longboards for beginners to ride. Your wallet won’t suffer too much if you get this board. Another budget board you can look at is the Whome below,
The deck comes with drop-mounted trucks (trucks mounted on top of the board) and big 70mm wheels. This combo ensures that the longboard turns smoothly, feels stable and can roll over cracks, pebbles and rough roads with ease. Check out the longboard here on Amazon.com
The bad thing about this board is how big it is. At 40in, it might feel like too much to handle for smaller kids. However, some might like the length and may enjoy the extra space on it. For something smaller, check out the Sector 9 Nicaragua below.
Sector 9 Nicaragua – The high-quality option
Coming from the world famous brand Sector 9, the Nicaragua is a longboard that will feel pretty good under the feet of slightly older kids.
This longboard features high-quality parts and is designed to make the cruising experience feel smooth and enjoyable.
It comes with a vertically laminated bamboo deck, 9in Gullwing Charger trucks, 65mm 9-ball wheels and clear griptape to show off the wood grain finish.
The bamboo deck flexes as you stand on it, and this allows it to aid in the absorption of road vibration and any discomfort as you cruise along. The 9inch Chargers allow for smooth and controlled turning, whilst the 65mm wheels ensure you roll over pebbles and cracks with ease.
The only bad thing about this longboard is its cost. You are paying for quality and the price reflects that, unfortunately. But it is worth it in my opinion. This longboard was designed to give an enjoyable cruising experience and it will do just that for your kids- it’s best for slightly taller/older kids. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
Learn more about Sector 9 in my review of them here.
Landyachtz Dinghy 28″ – Best for smaller kids
Coming in at a small 28inches, the Landyachtz Dinghy is a skateboard designed to help you get quickly from point a to point b, to be easy to carry around and to be easy to store. Fortunately, this also makes it perfect longboard for small kids (with smaller feet).
Its small size is complemented by the high-quality components it comes with. The Bear trucks and Hawgs wheels ensure a smooth, controllable turn and an easy roll with fast acceleration. Meaning this board is nimble and fun to skate with in small spaces.
Finally, the Dinghy deck is made with 7plys of maple – ensuring durability and a superior feel over plastic (think Penny boards).
This is my favorite board on the list. It comes from Landyachtz, a brand that supports a ton of longboarding activities. If my feet were smaller, it would be my personal go-to option – but it simply feels uncomfortable for me and my bigger feet. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
Landyachtz also have one of the best product videos for this skateboard. One of the best I’ve come across,
Sola Bamboo – Best all-around option
The Sola longboard comes in a stylish design. Featuring a color theme that is shared between the wheels, trucks and deck graphic – all finished by a clear grip job that exposes the bamboo deck on-top.
The longboard itself is pretty great. The ‘Future’ option features a ‘dropped deck’ – which means the standing platform is lower than the trucks. This simply means your closer to the ground so you are more stable and it is easier for you to push and footbrake. Perfect features for beginner and kids just learning to cruise and turn on a longboard. I think it’s the best longboard for kids.
Finally, the longboard features 70mm wheels and 7inch trucks. This means a smooth roll over most surfaces and nice controlled turning.
The length and width make it a friendly option for kids of all sizes – but may be best for early teens. Small kids will still be able to handle this, but early teens are the best fit. You can see more of this longboard here on Amazon.com.
The longboard is decent and for the price, you can’t really complain. But if you want something of higher quality, check out the Sector 9 option above.
Whome 31″ Longboard – The budget option
The most affordable option my list. The Whome 31in is both affordable and appropriately sized for small kids. It comes from Whome, a Californian based company focused on producing longboards that will fit a budget.
This deck is primarily good for early teens and smaller kids looking for something bigger and more comfortable than the Landyachtz dinghy above. The 8.25in width makes it more comfortable and easier to balance on than the dinghy – some is a bit friendlier to those with bigger feet.
The wheels are a bit small at 63mm. It won’t be that much of an issue on smooth roads, but may not have such a nice ride on slightly rougher asphalt and on pavement with cracks.
Finally, the longboard comes with some decent graphic designs. Some of my favorite on the list. Check the line up out here on Amazon.com.
For the price, you can’t complain much about this board. But I do wish the wheels were slightly bigger – I guess a rider just has to stick more towards smoother pavement.
Globe Chromatic Cruiser – The coolest design
Coming in at 33in in length and 9.7 inches in width. This board is perfect for older kids who don’t want a board as long as the Sector 9 or Volador above, but something shorter and just as comfortable.
The board comes from Globe, another Californian based company that makes decent cruisers.
Different from other trucks on my list, this cruiser features tkp (traditional kingpin trucks) just like a normal skateboard. These are basically closer to ground making pushing and footbreaking easier. They turn just smooth as the RKP (reverse kingpin) ones as well.
Unfortunately, it means that the wheels have to be smaller too, to avoid wheelbite. At 62mm, they won’t be as smooth rolling as their 70mm counterparts. Which is fine if you think your kid will be skating places where it is mostly smooth.
All in all, I think this cruiser is a decent option – but limited by its wheels. For something more ‘all-terrain’, check out the Sola above.
Find the Globe Chromatic here on Amazon.com.
How to get your kids the best longboard
Make sure it’s right for their size
A younger child with a smaller stature should go for something like the Penny or Tugboat from Landyachtz. A bigger kid would be more suited with a board like the
If they are too small for the board, they won’t have enough weight and leverage to make the board turn. Vice versa. If they are too big, a small board will be too reactive to their input and feel too turny and twitchy. It will also be uncomfortable to ride as it will feel likely skating on a tightrope.
Kids between 5-10 can ride the Landyachtz Dinghy and feel comfortable. Older teens could ride the Sector 9 board and feel more at home on it thanks to how wide and long it is.
Don’t get something too cheap
As the saying goes, cheap is expensive. Getting something cheap will mean a poor riding experience. They generally won’t enjoy riding it and may even put it down after a few session of using it. Even worse it might break soon after a few session.
You want to invest in something that turns smoothly, is stable and feels good underfoot. High-quality parts usually helps to guarantee this.
Make sure they like it – Involve them in the buying process
Nothing will turn a kid off more from a board than if its something they don’t like. So you need to make sure it will be something they like – understandably difficult if you are buying them their longboard as a present.
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Make sure they are involved in picking out the board. Make sure it’s in a color they like, or features a badass design they think is cool. You could buy the highest quality board in the world, but they won’t ride it if they don’t like it.
Protection is necessary – get them safety gear
Safety gear is an important addition to the stuff a beginner should have for skating. This is because as with anything, a beginner is prone to making mistakes and messing up once in a while.
In some activities, they could mess up, fall, and get back up again without much worry. But in skating, they could mess up and injure themselves – mostly because skating takes part on asphalt and not somewhere softer like grass.
These injuries could go from being light scrapes, to bruises, a sprained ankle, to a concussion. Whilst they aren’t likely to happen, they are in the realm of possibilities.
As well, injuries like the above could easily put off a skater from skating, Better to keep them safe and bundled up, so they can fall, get up again and do it over and over.
What should you get them?
At the least, you should get them a certified helmet, some knee, elbow and maybe wrist pads.
Here is a list of safety gear you can check out on Amazon.com:
Which longboard do you think is best for your kid?
The best thing that ever happened to me was getting into longboarding. Beyond it being something to do, something that let me get from point a to b. It was a lot of fun and helped me keep busy during the summer.
Whether I was skating with my friends, or just out for a cruise to help clear my head – skateboarding helped me.