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« on: November 01, 2008, 09:57:33 PM »

My son is almost 6 and wants a skateboard. I want to encourage him but I worry that he might just be too young. He's only 40 lbs! I don't want him to be completely frustrated.

Also, any advice on a good starter board? I don't want to buy him a crap board.

Thanks for any input...


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008, 11:06:58 PM »

Put him on a surf board, so he can learn balance. Thats what My dad Legend Steve Picciolo, and my uncle Legend Arthur Lake from dog town did with us kids. we learn pretty fast though. try it an hope it works.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008, 12:37:29 AM »

the best advice i can give you is to stop what you are doing. let him learn on his own. skate coaches must die
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 12:44:51 AM »

the best advice i can give you is to stop what you are doing. let him learn on his own. skate coaches must die< Naw man let him fall a couple times in the pool, balance is the key. I bet he'll be kick flipping at age 9 and possible do a 11 stair at age 14... Good luck and i hope you take my advice...
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 01:07:49 AM »

We lost an Legend Steve Picciolo. With Out DogTown, Or The Z BOYs who knows where skate boarding would of gone.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2008, 01:14:37 AM »

^ kill yourself...........but before you do that make a planner for every trick he needs to have done everyday and then put him on a strict diet and excercise regiment. that way he'll kickflip an 11 stair at age nine.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 02:16:56 AM »

My son is almost 6 and wants a skateboard. I want to encourage him but I worry that he might just be too young. He's only 40 lbs! I don't want him to be completely frustrated.

Also, any advice on a good starter board? I don't want to buy him a crap board.

Thanks for any input...





 It's so great to hear that you support your child and take interest in his/her want to be a skateboarder.  Not many parents back their kid's on such a decision. Bah, to them..........

To the question........Pretty much anything with wheels will suffice at first. If your kid has the bug you'll know, and will have to upgrade, skateboarding is still rather cheap.  6 by the way is an awesome age to start.  Smiley That's when I did back in the stone ages of 75 on a green plastic California Freeformer.

Good luck! Keep us informed on the lil grommets progress.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008, 02:50:11 AM »

chuck's right... there's no reason to start off with a legitamate $100+ board when a normal concaved wall mart board will not hinder his beginning stages.

once he gets bummed about not going fast enough or something... then you can take him to a local shop and leave him with an employee that knows stuff and isnt interested in getting rid of old, unsold crap
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008, 07:30:59 AM »

I dont know, my son started skating when he was 2. I bought him the smallest element board they make i still think they make it. I refused to buy a wal-mart board since they weigh more than he did. He was so light that he couldnt carve, so i made the trucks so loose they were almost falling off. Now at 6 he shreads mostly flat ground and down handicap ramps. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2008, 07:47:10 AM »

thanks for the advice. when i got my first - and only - skateboard it was the 70s too. the easter bunny brought it. i was about 6 or 7.

i plan to support our local SF skate shop and not walmart. i was thinking an element board - maybe a mini. i think real and element both have minis. so, i won't worry about trucks and bearings at this point... just will try to find a board that is light and maybe some softer wheels? i should be able to get a complete board for about $100-120 or so. pads, helmet. anything to keep him off the TV (and computer!)

thanks again!


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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 07:51:10 AM »

I dont know, my son started skating when he was 2. I bought him the smallest element board they make i still think they make it. I refused to buy a wal-mart board since they weigh more than he did. He was so light that he couldnt carve, so i made the trucks so loose they were almost falling off. Now at 6 he shreads mostly flat ground and down handicap ramps. 

setting him on the righteous path.

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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 09:07:33 AM »

anything to keep him off the TV (and computer!)

WORD! there needs to be more proactive parents like you. most parents don't care, because the tv and computer are the babysitters.
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2008, 03:19:05 PM »

disregard the shit dudes are saying about getting your kid a cheapo board. you don't necessarily have to set the kid up with swiss bearings and platinum plated hardware, but if his first board doesn't roll and turn decently, its gonna be hard for the kid to get stoked.

and get some super soft bushings, and cut them down so he can make it turn.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2008, 04:11:31 PM »

shop at a real skateshop not the mall or on the internet. and take him to the skatepark. but just let him skate don't follow him around or get in other peoples way. let him do his own thing.
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2008, 10:33:51 PM »

please, for the love of god, wait till junior can push around and turn. the "beginners area" is called your driveway or a decent sidewalk.

if your kid expressed an interest in basketball, would you take him to a pickup game and toss him in, or would you set up a hoop in the driveway so he could learn some fundamentals first so he wouldn't get annihilated?

now replace him losing a game because he doesn't know what he's doing with him causing slams or getting plowed over because he's in the way and doesn't understand how a session works.

first time at the park, DON'T EVEN LET HIM BRING HIS BOARD.

have him watch the session. explain that what goes up will come back down. i can't begin to count the times i've gone up a tranny, only to run over some kid on my way back down after my trick. TEACH COMMON SENSE AND ELEMENTARY PHYSICS.

 
explain to him that just because you're still on your board, that doesn't necessarily mean your run isn't over.  i swear to god if you raise one of those little shits who fakies back and forth for 5 minutes at a time, i will snake him.             repeatedly.            every chance i get.           and i will take a marathon run of axle stalls and rock fakies every single time.

and if a taste of his own medicine doesn't start to clue him in, i will heckle him untill he cries and never wants to skateboard again.
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