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Which Longboard or Skateboard Should I Buy My Kid?

written by Mike December 8, 2014

Customer Question of the Year:  “Do You make longboards for kids?”

GOOD QUESTION!  YES, Bustin designs boards for all styles of riding, skaters young and old.  Not all kids are the same, so we have a few recommendations. Bustin recommends you skate with your kids now, before it is too late.  They grow up fast…

1. Bustin Maestro34 (Maestro Mini)

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The MaestroMini is 34 inches in length, and is one of the smaller decks Bustin offers.  The board was designed for smaller riders, with drop-thru truck design and shorter wheelbase than most other Bustin Boards decks.  Maestro34 is kin of Maestro38, Bustin’s #1 selling longboard, M34 was shortened for younger riders.Drop-Thru design means your trucks are fastened to the top of the deck, rather than the bottom like a traditional skateboard.  Most trucks are universal and will be compatible with a drop-thru deck made by Bustin.   Drop-Thru allows the deck to be lower to the ground making it easier for a smaller skater to push their longboard, since kids have short legs.  Kids have a much easier time pushing drop-thru style decks because their legs do not have to stretch as far to touch the ground while pushing.  We also design Drop-Thru decks for LDP, Long Distance Pushing – in 38″, 40″, 42″ length.  Longer deck platform = Greater EFP (Effective Foot Platform).  Deck length preference is different among all Skaters, there is no perfect formula. Top skathletes prefer the lowest possible deck platform for distance skateboarding and races.

2. Bustin Sportster33 (Sportster Mini)

 My next recommendation is Sportster33, the little brother of Sportster36, Bustin’s Top freeride deck.  The Sportster series has deep concave & dropped platform making it the lowest riding deck in Bustin’s lineup.  Deep concave keeps feet locked in while going fast and freeriding, which is all the rage these days.  I recommend the Sportster33 for the kid who is age 10 going on 18.  The kid who drools over longboard photos and wants a deck to grow with over the years.  Sportster & Maestro series are designed for all-around, which is why we make a smaller version for kids.  My wife is 5’2 and prefers Sportster33 for all-around cruising.  My 4 yr old daughter also loves the Bustin Sportster 33.

3. Bustin Modela26 & Bustin Modela33

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Some kids are drawn to the single kick-tail board series, we call ours Bustin Modela.  We make 2 length options, Modela26 & Modela33.  You may assume Modela26 is the best for your kid because it is the shortest deck.  That’s not necessarily true.  Modela26 was designed for skateboarders who want tail function on a cruiser deck.  The single kick-tail design allows for the same style of skating as a regular popsicle shape skate deck, with bigger wheels.  The 26 may be one of the more difficult shapes to learn, but also one of the most rewarding boards to learn to skate well.  I recommend Modela33, it is a super fun shape that can be enjoyed by kids and parents for cruising and tricks.

Please note:  You can teach your kid to skate on ANY style of skateboard, it really does not matter that much.  The best recommendation we have is to get your kids on board as early an age as possible to initiate muscle memory.  Skateboarding is good for kids, it promotes brain and muscle growth and is a super fun activity.  Do it.

 

 

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