My son is (at the time of writing) 7 years old and I bought him a cool skateboard so we can ride together. he started with a wider board, but I soon realized he would be better off with a narrower board. i got him a smaller one and he got better fast, the short answer here is:
The best skateboard for a 7-year-old depends on your children’s height and shoe size. If your child is between 4’5″ and 5’2″ tall and has a shoe size of 6 to 8, they need a skateboard that is between 7.0″ and 7.25″ wide. make sure the trucks match the width of the skateboard decks and get the proper protective gear.
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this is only when you follow the exact rule. I imagine you don’t want to buy a new board every year, so anything between 7.25″ and 7.5″ will work. once they grow and you notice that their feet stick out too much, consider a new setup.
So, let’s dive into what you need, I’ll recommend a couple of boards and walk you through choosing custom parts. I’ll also explain a bit about the jargon, as I don’t want you to leave this page without understanding the basics.
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what size skateboard for a 7 year old?
You don’t really need a kid-sized skateboard, but they do have a couple of benefits. My kid started out on a regular-sized 8.0″ deck and did fine but I noticed his back foot often came into contact with the deck and wheels while pushing. It made him stumble and fall, good thing he’s wearing protective gear. So the general width I advise is between 7.25″ and 7.5″.
A narrow board makes all the difference, but to be fair, I learned to skateboard on a much wider board when I was a kid. Nowadays there are many options for children, so I decided to buy a smaller board.
then why not a standard size? a standard 8.0″ is wider and longer, which means kids need to compensate by bending their knees and nearly skating in a crouched position (lower center of gravity). you often see this at skate parks and kids generally don’t mind. a smaller board makes it easier to learn the basics.
recommended skateboards for children 7 years old
This website is about regular skateboards, also called popsicles. there are other types of skateboards that I will cover shortly. I realize that most people are on a budget, so I made sure to pick skateboards that start at $50. anything below is just unsafe and frustrating to handle.
I listed a couple of boards that my son and I use and chose skateboards that are safe and reliable. They all went through 14 stages of quality control and are checked throughout the manufacturing process by a accredited carpentry.
The problem with cheaper skateboards is that components like trucks and bearings can break. This results in the wheels locking up and the skateboard stopping suddenly. low-quality boards delaminate and splinter quite easily, not to mention they quickly develop a sharp tail, also known as razor tail.
I’ll walk you through buying parts separately later if you want the best quality material available. I’ll also go into a little bit of the jargon used because I imagine it can be confusing.
Remember all parts are replaceable, it doesn’t have to be a new skateboard if parts show signs of wear.
powell peralta golden dragon
This is a very popular board for kids. I think they did a great job with the wheels, they are perfect for riding rougher streets and don’t make a lot of noise. It comes with standard trucks and 99a 54 mm wheels. 99a stands for the hardness or durometer which basically means they are soft and grippy.
this is a good option for beginners and kids, but if you can, spend 30 bucks more and buy a skateboard from a well known brand like santa cruz. it’s a decent board, but not as good as the others listed. however, it is an excellent choice for a 7 year old. be sure to inspect the plate when it arrives.
Check the deck for twisting or warping, make sure the wheels turn properly, and inspect the trucks for warping. available on amazon.
CCS offers skateboards for beginners and has one of the better budget skateboards. These boards come in all sorts of sizes and consist of a quality deck, reasonable bearings, and acceptable trucks. The wheels are a bit hard though.
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I think this is the best reliable board you can buy for a kid on a budget. I personally bought this skateboard to see why skaters always recommend it if you’re on a budget. after a bit of skating, I can confirm that this board lives up to its reputation.
They come in different sizes, so here is a table to guide you. this is just a suggestion, any child can ride a skateboard between 7.5″ and 8.0″.
I’m not a big fan of wheels and bearings, but you can’t expect to get high quality components at this price. I reviewed this board a while back and was pleasantly surprised by its performance. check prices on amazon.
It’s a very impressive platform, it’s as good as any of the top brands, although it doesn’t have a fancy graphic. they come in different colors and sizes, from 7″ wide to 8.5″. you can always stick some stickers on the bottom or do a custom painting to make it look more attractive, but it already looks good in my opinion.
It’s made of classic 7-ply maple wood, it has a smooth concave and I couldn’t find any warping.
this complete comes with ccs trucks, in fact almost all parts are ccs brand. I wouldn’t recommend ccs trucks to hardcore street skaters but they are fine for kids. my opinion is that trucks are ideal for beginners who do not perform technical tricks.
they are very loose due to the soft bushings, some people like loose axles and some don’t. heavier skaters often need harder bushings, but this is not a problem for kids. Trucks can be replaced (like most parts of a skateboard) over time, and you can modify them by tightening the truck nuts on the kingpin.
wheels are tough, but work well on slippery surfaces. they provide enough grip, can deal with small cracks but can be blocked by contact with pebbles and twigs. they are not very comfortable on rough roads and make more noise compared to softer wheels.
Enjoy offers many skateboards for kids between ages 5 and 12, great quality parts, and safe for kids to use. They offer several graphics suitable for both girls and boys like panda’s, cats, dogs, and butterflies (nothing inappropriate).
they can be a bit more expensive, but you get a great setup and. boards are made of quality maple hardwood and standard trucks, wheels, and bearings. enjoy not only offers skateboards for children, but also larger boards for adults.
They’re ready to skate, right out of the box. You can modify the trucks a bit to make them tighter or looser depending on what your child prefers. I suggest experimenting a bit after your child has skated for a few hours.
Santa Cruz is one of the most reliable and oldest skateboard brands and has decades of experience building skateboards. Founded in 1973 by NHS, they are still very popular to this day.
santa cruz builds quality skateboards that are reliable and safe, offering a wide range for kids of all ages. this is the exact skateboard my son rides and he is having so much fun. I really like that it doesn’t make a lot of noise and can deal with rough surfaces and cracks.
the wheels are pretty smooth and roll over small rocks with no problem, you don’t want the wheels to lock up and the right wheels really do make a difference.
the deck is made from the highest quality maple wood and produced by dwindle (dsm), a woodworking shop known for its quality boards. they stand out for their quality control and their covers are constantly monitored and tested during production.
the maple top consists of 7 layers of wood bonded by epoxy resin and pressed only once. it has a medium concave, which is the curvature along the deck surface and helps maintain grip as you move your feet.
the trucks are perfectly adapted to the width of the board, so the wheels do not protrude and there is no risk of your child’s rear foot coming into contact with the wheels when pushing the board forward.
Bullet trucks are reasonably good trucks, they are checked for any deformation and they don’t make the board turn in one direction. Low-quality trucks on cheap skateboards often warp, which can lead to less balanced and unpredictable behavior.
oj slimeball wheels are great for skating on streets and skate parks. the hardness is around 97a which makes them more grippy and less noisy. the diameter is 53mm, which is exactly right for a skateboard of this size. there is no risk of the platform coming into contact with the wheels in sharp turns.
bearings, hardware and standard abec 3 grip tape. check prices and availability of santa cruz skateboards on amazon.
I’ll keep this one short because Birdhouse is your best bet for a high quality skateboard. It’s the best on this list but it’s not the cheapest. You get high-quality trucks, fast bearings, decent 100A/53mm wheels which are great for skate parks.
The deck is made of quality maple wood and comes with a nice graphic. you need to adjust the trucks a bit depending on the weight of the riders. anything between 7.5″ and 8.0″ will be fine for children under 10 years old. check amazon availability.
Don’t forget to buy at least one helmet, but I also recommend knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads. Not only will it keep your child in one piece, children often get demotivated when they get hurt and there’s a good chance they’ll give up.
There are a couple of protection kits available at a reasonable price, you don’t need anything heavy as kids don’t weigh that much. the most important thing is that it fits properly and doesn’t move around (avoid the cheaper stuff). I found a protective gear that does the job perfectly without feeling too restrictive. my son loves it and it even looks great, you can see it on this page.
confused about the jargon?
I am aware that I mention terms like bushings, kingpin, durometer (hardness), and other jargon you may not be familiar with, so I’ve added a diagram explaining all the technical stuff.
As for wheels. In general, softer and bigger wheels are better for cruising and harder wheels are great for tricks. Harder wheels make a lot of noise and vibrate more compared to softer wheels. Wheels are often measured by the durometer scale where 100A is the hardest wheel available.
some brands use the b scale, which is more accurate at the end of the scale (there is a difference between brand x’s 100a wheels and brand y’s 100a wheels). The image could be used as a general guide if you want to assemble a skateboard yourself. Note that some brands advertise their wheels as 101a or even 104a, but this is more of a marketing thing. 101a is actually 81b and 104a should be labeled 84b.
If you want to pick the parts yourself make sure that the trucks’ axle width matches the width of a skateboard deck. So a 7.0″ deck should have trucks that are about 7″ wide.
don’t go for wheels larger than 53mm, either of the above is (arguably) more suitable for older kids and wider skateboards. Softer wheels provide a smoother ride and help maintain balance on a skateboard. the harder wheels (100a) are great for slippery surfaces like tennis/BB courts and skate parks.
what about cheap skateboards?
In general, I advise against them. They are usually much cheaper, but it will be more difficult for your child to learn to ride properly. cheap skateboards are often unsafe and consist of low-quality components. they are heavy and require a lot of effort to push. my biggest concern is that they often break and cause nasty drops.
It’s up to you of course, but there’s a good chance you’ll return the board due to broken bearings, slippery wheels or warped decks. I would also stay away from those cheap plastic skateboards. Sure, just $30 might seem like a good deal, but they’re unstable and don’t have tape on top, which makes them slippery.
these days there are many options for 7-year-olds who aspire to skate. avoid cheap skateboards as they are frustrating to ride and often delaminate. for a little more you get something that will last for years if you maintain it properly.
While a kids skateboard isn’t always necessary, it’s easier to ride and keeps your child motivated. make sure your child can ride a wider board, it just takes a little longer to master the basics and requires different stance and posture compared to a kids skateboard.
please consider protective gear, at least get a decent helmet. more boards? check out my skateboards for kids review page.