Beginners Skateboarders Buyers Guide - Some Good SuggestionsA "Complete" skateboard is one that comes fully built. A good quality complete skateboard for an adult will usually cost around $120, so most people don't want to spend that much on a six year old's new hobby!
What size of skateboard? - This is a good question, but at this stage (as a kid) the size of the skateboard isn't so important. Getting one on the smaller side is a good idea, but don't stress too much about it.
These beginner skateboards for kids run from around $50 to $100. That might still seem like a lot compared to the $20 Batman skateboard at the store, but please believe me - those cheaper boards are poorly made, dangerous, and no fun. You are far better off buying a better board and some Batman stickers!
The SkateXS deck is made from bamboo, which isn't the usual (most skateboard decks are made from maple). This makes the decks lighter and gives them more pop. Bamboo is the perfect choice for younger, lighter skaters.
"SkateXS was created by real parents of real skaters. Even though we were skaters ourselves, we had a difficult time finding high quality properly sized skateboards and skateboard parts for our kids. We've built SkateXS to help others." Visit the SkateXS website to order.
A Termite complete can run up to $100 off of their website, but you can get them much much cheaper on Amazon.com. They also sell "Value Packs", which include a Complete skateboards, pads, helmets are more.
Positiv Complete Skateboards
WARNING: CHEAP means DANGEROUS!The above suggestions are great, and there are other good cheap skateboards on the market, but you need to be careful.
The first thing you need to know is to NOT buy a cheap children's skateboard from the toy store or nearest superstore. I'm referring to skateboards with Spiderman or Spongebob on the bottom, made by companies that have mass produced their skateboards with little concern for the quality of their product.
This is important to remember, because giving your child or kid a poor quality skateboard will give them a bad skateboarding experience. Skateboards are, by nature, dangerous. You don't want to skimp on the skateboard, and get something that will make skateboarding even more dangerous. Read Are Cheap Skateboards OK to Buy?
An Alternative: Build a Skateboard from Scratch
For step by step help in picking out the right parts, read the Skateboard Buyers Guide. This guide is pretty in-depth, and might be overwhelming to some parents. Proceed with caution, and let me know if you have any questions!
Remember the Helmet and Shoes!
Then, you should be all set! Except for cool skate stickers to slap all over the board and helmet, building ramps for your skater, taking him or her to the skatepark, then to competitions, and eventually to compete in the X-Games!