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The 7 Best Beginner Skateboards of 2021

Everyone remembers their first skateboard. For better or worse, your first complete will always remain etched in your memory. For some of us, it was a hand-me-down from a kid down the street. For others, it was a department store special given as a life-changing Christmas or birthday present, and for a select few, it was carefully assembled piece by piece off the wall at the local skateshop. These days, with dozens of models to choose from at any decent skateshop, picking out your first skateboard can be an overwhelming task. We put together a quick list of some of the best beginner skateboards out there, composed of top-quality components from industry-leading brands. These boards are perfect for a new ripper getting comfortable rolling around on a board their size. Just don’t forget the safety equipment to match! Not sure where to start with different sizes and dimensions? Check out our guide on how to choose a skateboard first.


Real Golden Oval Outline 7.75

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San Francisco’s finest Real Skateboards come correct at the top of our list with their Oval Outline complete skateboard. This deck’s slightly smaller dimensions at 7.75 inches by 31.5 inches and moderate wheelbase make it an ideal setup for a rookie skater or any younger ripper. Constructed traditionally using seven plies of high-quality maple and paired with Real’s signature trucks and 53mm wheels to match, this complete is nothing more or less than a scaled-down version of what you’d find Real’s team of professional skateboarders riding in the streets or in competition. The twin popsicle shape makes this board just as skateable facing either direction, with nose and tail cut and sanded to the same specifications.

This setup is intended for smaller rippers who are just getting comfortable rolling around the skatepark or cul-de-sac and trying their first tricks. Manufactured by the knowledgeable folks at DLX Distribution in the Bay Area of California, this complete has all of the same tension points as Real’s full-sized models, scaled down to give equal function to the next generation. This product is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, meaning added confidence you’ll be getting your money’s worth for this reasonably-priced complete, pre-assembled, and ready to rip right out of the box!

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7.75"$99.95 

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Krooked Bigger Eyes 8.0

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Another instant classic, this Krooked Bigger Eyes complete skateboard is a larger option at 8 inches wide by 31.75 inches long, ideal for novice riders with bigger feet. Built up with high-quality Krooked trucks and 53mm wheels nearly identical to those on its counterpart from Real, this is one sweet ride, and one of the best beginner skateboards out. The true spice of this complete lies in its iconic graphic artwork from Krooked’s mastermind, also known as 30-year veteran professional skateboarder and artist Mark Gonzales. Ripping in style and sophistication has never been easier than on this complete.

This skateboard also utilizes seven plies of choice maple and is covered by a limited lifetime warranty for peace of mind. Shaped in the same “mirrored” twin popsicle shape as the aforementioned complete from Real, the rookie rider can embrace both the nose and tail of the board for equal utility. Priced identically to the other Real and Anti-Hero products on this list, this is a sturdy board for any older kid who is serious about expanding their boundaries at the skatepark or in the streets.

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8"$99.95 

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Enjoi Half And Half FP 8.0

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San Jose’s enjoi Skateboards Half & Half complete skateboard features a classic, friendly graphic and is built for cost-effective performance. This board is 8 inches wide by 31.1 inches long, making it a great mid-sized board for any newcomer. Built out with lightweight Tensor trucks, 52mm enjoi wheels and Abec-3 Chrome Steel bearings, this is an ideal starter skateboard for learning more technical street skateboarding on ledges and rails or at the skatepark. This enjoi deck utilizes Dwindle Distribution’s Resin-7 construction, merging seven plies of Canadian hardrock maple together with epoxy sealant, creating a higher strength-to-weight ratio and increasing the lasting pop of the board itself. Unlike some of the other boards on this list, this popsicle shape is not mirrored and has a designated, slightly directional nose and tail. Another hallmark is Dwindle’s custom concave for more control during trick skating whenever it leaves the ground.

One of the cheapest beginner skateboards on our list, this is a great choice for those in search of an affordable board that doesn’t cut corners on durability or performance. enjoi’s timeless silliness and colorful graphic design only add to the appeal for a young rider just finding their passion for the fun of skateboarding.

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8"$79.95 

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Arbor Whiskey 7.75 Recruit

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Arbor’s Whiskey Recruit complete skateboard is cut from a different cloth. Featuring deep-turning Ace 33 trucks and 54mm 90a durometer Arbor wheels, this board is just as useful for learning new tricks and ripping at the skatepark as it is for a smooth downhill ride or conquering rough concrete streets. This deck is on the smaller end of the spectrum in terms of both it’s 31.25-inch length and it’s 7.75-inch width, making it a great choice for the smallest riders as they get comfortable skating. Ace’s trademark smooth turn paired with the softer durometer of the stock wheels will make this complete skateboard a favorite for neighborhood cruises and all sorts of exploration on whatever inclined surfaces the rider can find. Featuring seven plies of Canadian Hardrock maple for additional pop and strength, this board is nothing short of a well-rounded classic, perfectly compatible with any terrain.

A more moderately-priced option for its exceptional quality and versatile components, this complete is a great choice for the fledgling rider looking to sample a bit of everything skateboarding has to offer. The Arbor Whiskey Recruit complete offers nothing short of top-notch adaptable fun for those who want a single board for every landscape.

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7.75"$99.95 

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Anti Hero Classic Eagle 7.75

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Another fine offering, the Anti-Hero Classic Eagle complete features a timeless graphic from legendary skate-artist Todd Francis. Nearly identical in makeup and function to the completes from its sister brands Real and Krooked, this board is perfect for the aggressive youngster looking to get a taste of every curb or skatepark in town. At 7.75 inches wide and 31.625 inches long, this is a well-rounded setup for a small-to-medium sized rider and should function equally on just about any terrain. Filled out with matching Anti-Hero trucks and 53mm wheels, this bad boy includes all the street cred a new thrasher can handle.

This offering again features traditional construction, made up of seven plies of maple and shaped into a “bilingual” twin popsicle shape for equal function when rolling in either direction. It is backed with a limited lifetime warranty, so rookies shouldn’t be afraid to shred this one hard wherever the board takes them!

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7.75"$99.95 

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Globe Goodstock

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Available in a variety of sizes to fit every new skater, the Globe Goodstock complete skateboard is here with a classic, clean graphic and high-quality materials to match. Ranging from 7.75-8.375-inch widths, this board once again utilizes Dwindle’s Resin-7 Hardrock Maple construction, the ultimate for lightweight strength and pronounced pop. Paired with tight-turning Tensor trucks, zippy Abec-7 bearings and 52mm wheels in super hard 99a durometer, this is a great complete for ripping around the local skatepark or learning tricks in the streets. The Goodstock complete features a twin popsicle shape, meaning the nose and tail are identical, and it can be skated with the board facing either direction.

The Goodstock complete from Globe is an excellent beginner skateboard at a very reasonable price. An ideal setup for rookie skaters of all sizes, the variety of widths available will fit most shoe sizes without sacrificing functionality.

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7.75" - 8.375"$79.95 

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Element Nat Geo King Jungle Nyjah 8.0

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Element’s Nat Geo Jungle complete skateboard features a pro model graphic for legendary team rider Nyjah Huston as part of Element’s ongoing collaboration with National Geographic. Along with the iconic lion “photographic,” this board comes slightly sized up from other boards on this list at 8 inches wide by 31.75 inches long. It’s larger size makes it ideal for new skaters in their preteen years with slightly larger feet. Also featuring high-quality Element branded trucks and 52mm wheels, this is a professional-quality board for learning tricks in the streets or at the skatepark. The Nat Geo Jungle complete is manufactured using Element’s premium seven-ply maple construction and shaped as a twin popsicle, meaning it is non-directional and features an identically functional nose and tail.

Considered among the cream of the crop for pre-assembled complete skateboards, this board closes out our list as one of the more lucrative options available, due to its professional quality construction and endorsement. While the novice rippers this model is built for may not go as big as Nyjah, this complete is an excellent stepping stone to a well-rounded skill set on the board. And just check out those teeth!

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8"$99.95 

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