Words by Jenna Selby
1. Picking out a set up
The best thing to do when deciding on a skateboard set up is to go to your local skate shop and talk to the people there. They will be able to help you choose a good beginner skateboard suited to your needs. Do keep in mind different people have different opinions on brands, so no matter what advice you receive from others, you should always make sure you’re fully happy with the end product.
How much money should you spend on a skateboard? Blank set-ups are usually a lot cheaper (around £70) than pro decks and ride just as well. But if you have enough money, an average pro set up will cost you upwards of £100.
Do NOT under any circumstance run down to your local toy shop and buy a board there just because it is cheaper than the ones you’ve seen advertised elsewhere. These boards are badly designed, heavy and likely to break on your first attempt at an ollie!