What age should you start skateboarding?

The preferred age for a skateboard is 5-10 years but it needs special care. At this age, children are in the phase of mental and physical development. They cannot take the right decision at right time. For example on a busy road it’s difficult for them to turn the skateboard. So, it’s possible that skating at this age is dangerous for them.

For secure skateboard riding, children under 5 need special overseeing and guidance from the instructor. The researchers and the expert skaters have a different viewpoints. Some argue that it’s okay to ride a skateboard at this age with proper supervision. While the other opinion is that it may be dangerous at this younger age.

Is it better to start skating at such a young age?  

The child can start skateboard riding at the age of 5 with the help of any trained skateboarder.

If he is performing well then it’s good otherwise he is too young to start skateboarding.

Here is the suggestion of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

AAP stated against skateboard riding under the age of 5. The children under the age of 5-10 need more supervision from the coach to start skating. The children at this age are not  mature to handle the critical situation and it may cause severe injury.

So before teaching your child how to start skateboard riding. It is important to know about these factors. 

  • Due to the high center of gravity and less power, the child does not maintain balance. Which causes falls and get injury.
  • Physical and mental underdevelopment and less communication also cause difficulty in understanding.
  • Less skilled and cannot prevent themselves from falling.

If you think your child is more zealous and can learn it then you should use the safety measures first. 

Safety Gear for kids starting the skateboard riding

 1. Skateboard Size

The average size of the skateboard for kids should be from 6.5 to 7.0. Because It will be easy to turn and handle with trainer advice. The size of the skateboard increase with age.

2. Skateboard Helmet

Use the skateboard helmet to prevent any head injury. It is difficult to maintain balance at such a young age.

3. Self-control and Maintenance

It is important part in skating and you need to give knowledge to your child about it. How to control himself and maintain his balance while skateboard riding. For example how to bend when you need a turn and to maintain balance what will be the position of your feet? It secures them from falling.

 4. Knee and Elbow Pads

Use knee and elbow pad and wrist protector. If the child falls it will prevent any from serious injury or fracture.

5. Riding in the safe place

For the kids to start riding it is important that ride in safe and smooth places. Don’t skate in the rough ground and  in the busy streets because it will be difficult to handle the board in traffic.

All of these are the safety measures for your child if he/she is starting skateboard riding and these will help to prevent any serious issues. 

Skating tips for kids

If your child is starting skateboard riding under the age of 5. These are some tips that help your child for better skating.

Firstly it is important to know about the comfortable position of the feet. How do you feel comfortable with the right foot on the nose of the skateboard or the left foot on the nose? It helps to keep the body in balance.

Place your front foot on the deck above the front trucks.

Flex your knee to get your feet on the ground.

To take a turn bend your knee in the turning direction .

In starting skating there is more chance of falls so you should prepare your child for it. Use the good quality helmet and other safety gadgets to be secure from any injury.

World best skateboarders under the age of 10

Here I will tell you about the world’s youngest skateboarders.

1. Kahlei Stone-Kelly

Kahlei is 2 years old and he is from victoria Australia. This genius child skateboarding from the time when he was 6 months old. He is from a family of skaters who participate around the country as a team. 

 2. Sky Brown

She is from Miyazaki city in Japan and is 6 years old. Her father is a skateboarder and helps the children to learn about skating. Sky loves skating and likes to watch the skateboard riding videos on youtube of Alana Smith, Leticia Bufoni, and Bryce Wettstein.

3. Ocean Brown

Ocean brown is also from Japan and is 3 years old. The sky and ocean are brother and sister.

He start skating when he could walk. He learns skating from her sister and tries to follow her sister in everything.

4. Gonzalo Morales

Gonzalo is from Lima Peru. He start skating when he was 3 years old. He posts his skating moves on youtube and many people comment on it. His mother supports him well.

There are many skateboards of different brands that children of 5 years old can use. I describe some of these here.

  • The Arbor Pocket Rocket

 These are lower in weight and easy to shift. Its size is 7.75, short board spindrift, and better size nose kick.

  • Powell Peralta Golden Dragon

 These are affordable and great for beginners. These are also good for child use.

 It has smooth wheels, the ‘pop’ of the deck, and medium-hard bushings. They are really good for starters because of the 95A OJ wheels.

Does skateboarding have an age limit?

There is not any age limit for skateboarding if you are fit and active you can ride at any age group. It  also bases on your interest. People who are passionate and have an interest in skating start from a young age.

People can start skateboarding in the age groups like the 20s,30s,40s,40s, and 50s. But the people in 60s who are starting skateboard riding need more care to start skating. They should take start at a lower speed, and wear all the safety gear.  

How long should my kid’s skateboard be?

The size of the skateboard matter in the kid’s skating. If your kid is under 5 the small-size skateboard you need to buy. These vary with age.

AgeSkateboard width
5 or under6.5 to 7.0
6 to 127.0 to 8.0
13 and overMore than 8.0

Conclusion

In the end I want to mention one thing again and it’s the safety, if you are trying any thing first time it need to take safety measure first. I think after reading  my writing you  will help your child in skating better.


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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