This skateboard has been built for young skaters who are starting their skateboarding journey.
What type of skater is this board made for?
We have two types of beginner boards on our website. Skateboard and Cruiser. The product you are looking at is a skateboard.
A cruiser board, such as the Hopkin Split, is like a skateboard with longboard wheels. The wheels are large and soft, they are designed to carve and push on driveways, footpaths and roads. Young skaters learn the basics with a cruiser, how to push, carve and stop. This type of board will last a lifetime, it is more like a longboard than a skateboard, skaters love commuting and getting around on them. What they are not good for is at the skatepark or learning traditional skateboard tricks. A mini cruiser will roll fast in the skatepark, carve banks with ease, but dropping into a bowl or ramp it is not suitable.
If your young skater wants to learn skateboard tricks like an ollie, or skateboard in their local skatepark, a smaller double kick skateboard, such as the Trinity T-Rex is perfect. It is a smaller version of a pro skateboard.
Features that make this set up ideal for a beginner are:
Wheels are softer, a little bit wider. 52mm and 92a means they will roll well in the skatepark, be a bit more grippy to carve with, and they are forgiving on rougher surfaces like the home driveway and local footpaths.
Trucks come with softer bushings that make it easier to turn.
Size guide for skateboards
Every child is different and unique. We know 8 year old girls who skate on their dad's wide 8.5 inch skateboard. And young teenagers that are blasting around skateparks on 7.25 inch skateboards designed for kids half their age. Skateboard is about no rules, but that is a cop out, so here is a guide for the nervous parent that wants to get it right.
Boy or girl 3 to 5 = 6.75 inch skateboard
Boy or girl 3 to 8 years old = 7.0 inch wide skateboard
Boy or girl 6 to 11 years old = 7.25 inch wide skateboard
Boy or girl 11 to 17 years old = 7.75 inch wide skateboard
If you feel your child is larger or smaller for their age, you can drop down a size or go up a size.