When I was 12 I liked the boy who lived next door.
I used to sit in my bedroom, lights out, laying across my bed with the curtains barely parted and breathe quietly as I watched him and his friends skateboard in the driveway we shared.
Yes, it was as pathetic and creepy as it sounds when you read it and I still don’t know why I didn’t just go outside and talk to them like a normal person.
I will never understand why I thought a better plan was sitting in a dark room being a lurker until my mom turned on the hallway light illuminating me as the creepster I had become.
I’d scream, “OH MY GOSH MOM, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!”
And she’d yell back something like, “I’m getting a towel!” or “Did you do your homework?” or “What are you doing sitting up here in the dark?” while I flung myself under my bed so a not to be spotted.
Probably because they were a couple year olders and worlds cooler, like all of the skaters –with their long bangs, and their slouchy beanies, and their torn pants that I couldn’t tell until years later were more trying too hard fashion statement and less an unfortunate hazard of their trade.
I remember practicing for hours in my cold garage on my brother’s skateboard, trying to just perfect one basic trick –a kick flip or an ollie or any single thing that would make me be able to roll out of my garage one day and directly into my new life as Matt’s cool neighbor the skater who would eventually become Matt’s cool neighbor the skater who is also his seriously cool girlfriend.
Legit, never happened.
In fact, I never said more than, “Hey, have you seen my cat?” to Matt and I couldn’t roll down my mostly flat street without wobbling uncontrollably back and forth if there was a gun to my head.
Fortunately it never came to that.
Because balance has never been my jam.
And neither has skateboarding.
But skateboards will always have a special place in my heart.
Especially now that I have a set of my own little floppy banged skaters.
Penny Skateboards reached out and asked us to try a couple of their boards.
The Dudes got to pick out the designs they liked for the decks and then they sent them to us so we could share them with all of you.
They were so excited when they arrived, and honestly, so was I.
I’d show you the video of me testing them out, but I didn’t make it past the driveway before that dream turned into a nightmare and I’ve the massive bruise on my knee to prove it.
So, while my skater days are officially over, I’m happy to report The Dudes’ are just getting started.
I know some parents don’t dig skateboarding, but for us, we love that it is something they enjoy doing together, that it gets them outside and exercising, and encourages them take new risks (we insist they wear their helmets even if it’s not as cool looking).
Choosing Your Child’s First Penny Skateboards Board
1. They are plastic boards. Not the wooden decks you’re used to. The Dudes liked them because they were smooth to ride, I like them because they are a little more weather friendly for people who are always leaving things outside of the garage even though their mother is constantly telling them to PUT THEIR STUFF IN THE GARAGE.
2. They come in two sizes: 22 inchers and bigger, 27 inchers. The Dudes went for the 27 inchers. They seemed like a safer choice for a skaters of their experience level (Dude 2 is used to riding a long board so going down to 22 inches seemed too much of a leap for him).
3. They come in rad colors and fun, graphic designs. Dude 3 wanted the rockstar pink one, natch.
4. You can even design your own! They are fully customizable right on the Penny Skateboards website.
5. There are a ton of skateboards on sale on the Penny Skateboards site right now for the holidays! Dude 3’s is 30% off in fact!
If you choose a smooth surfaced board, we recommend you snag some grip tape too: you can get it on the Penny Skateboards site or right here on Amazon: grip tape.
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Penny Skateboards –all adorable skaters and opinions are my own.