As a skateboard advocate I have encountered a lot of situations where parents and new skaters were over-sold or undersold while looking for that first board. Each has its own problems.
First, if you are paying $250 or more for a complete setup when you are just getting started, then you are buyinghigher level products than you need. Also, parents who run into this kind of pricing are often a little less encouraging about the activity with their child.
On the other hand, parents who end up getting a cheap board from a department store are setting their child up for a sub-standard experience. these boards are gennerally made from cheaper, weaker materials. The bearins in them have very little spin and don't last long. I have even seen some of these with plastic trucks, griptape so smooth i would change a baby on it and decks with absolutely no concave. When you buy a board at a department store you are buying a toy, not peice of ahtletic equipment.
The best thing you can do is to find a friend or someone you know who actually skateboards and talk to them about brands, stores and things to avoid. Maybe even bring them with you when you chop. Don't assume the person in the skateshop knows what they are talking about. I have seen clerks sell 10 inch trucks for 8 inch boards, and I have been told by a clerk that there is no such product as Bones Super Reds. In the larger shops, they often know their product only and their priority is to move stock.
Now, all of this advice applies to "trick" skateboarding. If your child is looking for transportation, then you are looking at cruisers, penny boards or long boards. For these, your best bet is to buy a complete from a skateshop.
For more resources, check out the "For Parents" tab on our webpage.
one of the great underlying problems with government in terms of skaters, is that they do not understand the nature of the activity and how it differs from other activities.
For Whatever reason, the province of Nova Scotia has lumped skateboarding in with otehr modes of transportation under the Motor Vehicle Act, requiring helemts to be worn by skaters anytime that they are on a board.
If you are reading this, then you probably get why this is nuts. Go to http://chn.ge/X42b2t to sign the online petition that asks the Premier to repeal or ammend the act.
ECS has is being given a banner ad on skateboardforum.com, which now appears in our links section in the side bar. As skaters we a small community so let's help each other out. go check out the site and consider becoming a contributing member!
On Thanksgiving Monday, I set out with a crew of 3 skaters from Amherstburg (PJ Kascjak, Mike Brennan and James Anderson) to hit every park in the EC, including the Wheatley and Tilbury parks. Note to self, do it in June, when there is more light and set very strict limits on how long to stay in each place.
As it was we were pretty much dead by the time we got to Forest Glade (our 8th park in the day). By the time we got to Atkinson we were the walking dead. By the time we got to the Volmer, we were skating in the dark. The important thing is that we made it. Some parks were awesome, some were sucky, some of us disagreed on others. We had a blast and the video should be up in a few weeks.
Speaking of videos, if you go to the Bones Brigade website right now and sign up for their mailing list, you can get a free download of The Search For Animal Chin, the Powell Peralta video that defined the Bones Brigade in the 80's. FYI