Best skateboards and accessories for beginners – Evening Standard


ot since Michael J Fox took to a skateboard in Back to the Future has there been such an interest in skateboarding. The sport was the surprise hit of the Olympic Games in Tokyo where it made its debut last year, and thanks to spectacular performances by stars such as British skateboarder Sky Brown, who won a bronze medal at the tender age of 13, more and more girls have taken up the sport.

And it’s not just for the kids either, no matter what Avril Lavigne says. According to Skateboard GB, there has been a big increase in the number of people over 30 taking up the sport

Neil Ellis from Skateboard GB explains, “Skateboarding really engaged with people during the Olympics because of how much fun it looked and how accessible it is. Having amazing GB role models such as Sky Brown and Bombette Martin was so awesome and showed that anything is possible no matter how old you are”.


There’s a misconception that skateboarding is an expensive hobby but that isn’t the case, certainly not when you are starting out anyway. A decent skateboard shouldn’t set you back more than £50 and a lot of skate parks will let you hire a skateboard, which is a good way of finding out if it’s the right sport for you. You can find your nearest skate park by downloading MySkate, a free app which shows you all the skate parks in the country.

Professional skateboarder Glen Fox confirms this: “The way a skateboarder needs a skateboard is the same as an artist starting out who just needs a standard pencil. For beginners, just a simple basic model is perfect”.

Once you have your skateboard, the only other thing you need are guts and determination…plus some of the accessories we have reviewed below.


Oxelo Skateboard Complete 100


While the majority of skateboards are American brands, Oxelo the own brand from French sports chain Decathlon is quietly making a name for itself as a good starting point for beginners on a budget.

The Oxelo Skateboard Complete 100 is a great basic model for first timers. It’s popsicle shape so the nose and tail are roughly the same size and is a good board if you want to try any fancy move like ‘Ollies’ (jumping a skateboard which is the basis for all tricks).

The deck (the part you stand on – or try to at least) is made of 100 per cent Canadian maple, making it sturdy and it has durable wheels which offer a smooth ride. They also help you get to grips with pushing and cruising around. It is strong and flexible enough to be used on mini ramps and doesn’t pick up speed too quickly so it’s easier for beginners to control.

Buy now £59.99, Decathalon

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