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Buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas?

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas?
The 2020 skateboard boom shows no sign of slowing down so we though this would be timely.
Across the world, participation numbers have reached heights not seen since the THPS boom.
Not only are we up in sheer numbers, but the Covid boom is obliterating the gender/age gap finally.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this – head to any skatepark and you’ll see it for yourselves.
Female skaters, tiny kid skaters, middle-aged shredders returning to the fold and everything in between – skateboarding is booming right now.
You can read more about this Covid-era phenomenon here: the unlikely boom of skatebarding during a pandemic.
With the above in mind, and aware of the fact that many of you will be buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas, it seemed a good time to post a little info.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

You have masses of options as regards buying your first complete skateboard. We’re stocked to the gills so how you go about it is entirely up to you.
The two main routes that most beginners take are a) buying a preassembled complete skateboard, or b) buying the components separately and having us assemble it.
See below for a handy guide on the major things to consider.

Deck size
You need to select a deck that suits your height, weight and shoe size. If you pick something too big or too small it will make it difficult for you to control when you start learning.
We can advise you on this but it is important to consider deck width (usually between 7.5 and 8.5 inches) and length (usually between 28 and 33 inches) when choosing your first skateboard.
New skaters with smaller feet or children should opt for a narrower board (around 7.5 wide) and slightly shorter board.
If you’re looking at buying your first complete skateboard for a smaller child – try our child range here, or click below to see our complete stock.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Other things to take it account when it comes to your deck.
Wheelbase: This is the distance between the two trucks. Most modern decks have a wheelbase of between 13 and 15 inches – fine for the average teenage/adult skater.
For children or smaller people, look out for slightly smaller wheelbase.
As with width/length, this will make it easier to control.
Concave: This relates to the curvature of the board. There is no right or wrong with this and all manufacturers will offer different concaves.
Some people prefer a flatter concave whereas others prefer a deeper one for board feel. Feel free to call us and ask for advice.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Trucks: these are crucially important when buying your first complete skateboard. There are various things to consider but the main two issues are – hanger/axle width and truck height.
The rule of thumb is, the wider your deck, the wider your trucks need to be.
Truck width is usually calculated on the length from axle to axle, (the bit that sticks out beyond the hanger that your wheels fix onto).
Truck height varies from one brand to the other – a good rule of thumb here is – the larger your wheels, the higher the trucks you will need.
As always – don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on truck selection.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Skateboard wheels and bearings
Selecting the correct wheels and bearings will have a huge influence on your experience of learning so here are a few crucial tips.
The main variables with skateboard wheels are size (measured by wheel diameter) and hardness (measured by durometer reading – usually represented by a number follwed by ‘A’).
Wheel size runs from around 50mm to 70mm. The average skater (street and park) will usually opt for something in the 50-60mm range and pick a relatively hard wheel with something along the lines of a 95a to 101a duromteter reading). Smaller sized wheels reduce weight and harder wheels slide more easily on concrete and wood surfaces. For people more interested in cruising around than in doing tricks – larger and softer wheels (around 80a durometer) may be a better choice.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Each complete skateboard requires a set of 8 skate bearings (that’s 2 in each wheel).
Bearings are all a standard size but performance and price varies hugely. Basic bearings sell for between £5 – £25 and will last, provided you care for them and keep them away from water.
If you want to treat yourself to a set of really high-end bearings offering heightened performance and durability then the recognised industry standard of excellence is the Bones brand and their Bones Swiss and Bones Ceramic bearings. Looked after properly, a set of high-end Bones will last you for years and years.
As always – feel free to call us for advice on wheels and bearings before buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas.
buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Cruisers and longboards: For those of you more interested in skateboarding as a form of transportation and for the pure joy of rolling, we offer a full range of cruisers and longboards. Generally these will come as preassembled completes with softer wheels for comfort and speed with a shape more akin to a miniature surfboard.
Hit the links above and below to see our full range.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015


It seems to come around quicker and quicker every year but it is indeed getting to that time again! Never fear though as we at the Black Sheep have lots in stock this Christmas for your present needs! Whether your treating that special someone, have a skateboard mad teenager or just after treating yourself, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the right thing from us! Have a look at just a few of the Christmas gift ideas that are below that will hopefully give you some ideas!


Complete Skateboards

Everybody who works here for us will well remember that first ever set-up they got, probably down to the last detail! It’s one of those moments in life that the memory just sticks with you! If someone your buying for has seemed to have taken interest, talked about, or tried skating once or twice then this is your chance to become the best relative ever! If your buying for someone who is just starting out we recommend one of our ready made completes that we stock from various different companies. The advantage of buying one of these is mainly the components ( ie trucks, wheels and bearings ) that come with the completes will be much better than those that come with one that’s bought from a non skateboard retailer, sports shop or toy shop. It may seem the cheaper option at first but wont be in the long run! There cheaper for a reason and will probably need to be replaced in a short amount of time! Once your starter board has been pushed to its limits you can always upgrade and buy new components. We can also make up custom completes and we’re always on hand to offer help or advice! You can see all of our complete skateboards here >



Darkstar Complete Skateboard



If it is just the deck your after then we have more than enough choice! With a variety of hundreds of boards from well over forty different companies – including our own shop boards at a very reasonable £29.95! All shapes and sizes to cater for everybody’s needs. There’s no better feeling than a fresh deck with fresh pop if you’ve been pushing around a soggy chipped plank for a while! Remember all decks come with free grip and will brighten up that persons Christmas! See all the decks that we have in stock now >




Toy Machine – Toy Division Deck



Like any skateboarder knows, its good to have a new pair of trucks waiting for you! There the most important thing people tend to choose when choosing a set – up and the choice can make the difference to the whole feel of your new ride! We stock only the best in their field such as Independent , Thunder and Ace just to name a few. Again we have a variety of colours, brands and widths to help you choose the right pair for you! Browse all of the trucks we have here >




Independent Stage 11 Forged Hollow Eric Koston 139



Now I don’t think there  is a skateboarder out there, in the world that doesn’t like the feel of brand new wheels rolling underneath them! We’ve got loads to choose from, from street formula, cruiser wheels, multi-colored, hard, soft , big and small from only the best brands around! We’re proud to have such a vast and varied selection from the likes of Spitfire, Pig, Bones and many more! Check out all the wheels in stock right now >



Spitfire Formula Four Wheels



Now here’s one for everybody and not just the skateboarders! Yes they may be called Skate shoes but having a few different pairs for different occasions has got to be a good call right? After all, our shoes are put through there paces on a daily basis and its important to find just the right pair. We have lots of choice from some of the best brands out there such as Vans, Emerica, Nike SB and Adidas, we regularly get the new releases so there is lots to choose from , why don’t you browse all the footwear that we have for you here >



Emerica Reynolds Low Vulc Black / White



There probably the easiest go to present of all time, no matter if your buying or receiving them! Who doesn’t like stepping out of the house in a fresh new pair. We stock a large variety of them throughout out the year and not matter what month it is they are always appealing to buy! Browse through our selection by clicking here > 


Stance X Star Wars Droids Socks




We always stock a wide variety of types of clothing from some of the most prestigious brands that are out there such as Stussy, Dickies, Turbo Kolor, Staple, Altamont and XLarge just to mention but a few! We are proud in the brands that we back and know you will love them to. Whether its a new T-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, chinos or a new jacket your looking to buy someone, we are confident you can find that perfect gift right here. Search by brand, style or size and view all our clothing by clicking this link >




Thrasher Skate Mag Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt Grey



We hope this small guide has given you some ideas for your Christmas shopping! Good luck with it all and don’t leave it until the last minute!


We now have a Christmas Store section on the website for even more gift ideas, have a look at it here  >



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