Kids the same age can be very different sizes, so we put together some basic guidelines focusing on a mix of age & height. Shoe size is not a big factor, and trucks can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of weights.
- TODDLERS (up to or around 4 feet tall)
Board Choice: MICRO 6.5 - 7" wide x 27 - 28" long
- KIDS under 10 Years (4 -5 feet tall)
Board Choice: MINI 7.25 - 7.4" wide x 29 - 30" long
- KIDS 9 to 12 Years (around 5 feet tall)
Board Choice: SMALL 7.4 - 7.6" wide x 30 - 31" long
- Smaller Teen or Adult (5 feet and a bit taller)
Board Choice: MEDIUM 7.7 - 7.9" wide x 30 - 31" long
- Older Teen or Adult (over 5.5 feet tall)
Board Choice: LARGE 8 - 8.3" wide x 31 - 32" long
By the age of 11 or 12, kids are leaning towards an adult size board, because they will probably grow so much in the next year. MICROS are for toddlers, and the MINIS are for kids who will still be pretty small for the next couple of years. (So once you are 9 or 10 years old, you might outgrow that MINI pretty soon. Planning ahead you might choose a SMALL or MEDIUM.)
Don't overthink these suggestions. If a kid loves the look of an adult size board, they can still enjoy it and have a safe experience, and you can adjust the trucks so they will be able to turn. It's not a big deal. Have fun skating!
For more info on choosing a skateboard, check our full Beginner Guide HERE.