Letâ€™s face it â€“ womenâ€™s skateboarding was not taken all too seriously until a while ago. Sure, weâ€™ve had a fair share of women skateboarders beginning Pattie McGee who did a rolling handstand on the covers of the 1965 LIFE magazine. But it was not until much later, the tides began turning. Today we have several brands trying to make a conscious effort into bringing womenâ€™s skateboarding to the forefront. Ladies, as you continue making a splash and a twist, here are some women-friendly skateboards you can check out at the market.
Arbor has a huge collection of skateboards for both men and women. Once Arbor noticed a spike in female board sales, they started manufacturing women-specific shapes. According to Arbor, around 35% of their skateboards are sold to women. They make skateboards specifically for women and their most popular Instagram posts involve women skaters. The foundation Series and the Artists Collection of skateboards are a great set of boards to own.
- All decks are made of 7 Ply Hardrock Maple
- Wheels provide a Perfect mix between quick acceleration and roll speed
- Die-Cut Griptape
Price Range: $100 – $200
Girl Power GN4LW Cruiser
The ‘Girl is NOT a 4 letter word.’ sells specific women’s apparel and has teamed up with Duster California for a cruiser skateboard which features Duster Wheels and Tensor trucks. It’s a perfect woman-friendly skateboard that looks uber-chic and functions great. A portion of the sales goes to the Outreach Program ‘Bridge to Skate’.
- Clear broadcast grip
- Tensor 5″ trucks
- 1/8â€ť riser pads
- Dusters Abec 7 bearings
Meow Skateboards was started with the aim of supporting girls since they noticed that very few female skateboarders in the world had actual sponsors. They currently support an all-female team, an initiative we completely endorse. You get some top-notch high-quality skateboards here with worldwide shipping.
- Assorted Top Color
- 7-Ply Maple
- Hand Crafted by PS Stix
Price range: Begins at $50 upwards
Another unique brand is the Welcome Skateboards who promotes teams for spreading the cultural aspect of skateboarding. They do not want the most technically perfect team int the world but would love to promote skateboarding among women as an art form. Their colorful skateboards are eye-catching made of some top-notch materials and offer comfort and support in rides.
- 100% North American Maple with 3 color plies
- Teal 52mm 99A Welcome wheels
- Abec 7 bearings
The birdhouse is thriving and how! It has one of the best teams in the skateboarding sport, built on respect and a love for what they do. The Birdhouse team has some of the most prominent skaters in the sport. No doubt that women like Lizzie Armanto have been endorsed by them thereby giving prominence to women’s skateboarding. Watch out for their Vertigo and Birds Collections which is a huge hit with female skateboarders.
- 7-Ply Hardrock Maple
- Logo Raw Trucks
- ABEC 5 bearings
At Penny, they are all for promoting girl skateboarders and they account for 40% of their audience. The brand has been upping its female marketing offering over recent years. Their Spring 18 campaign was built around the incredibly talented skateboarder Elise Crigar and they partner with female skateboarders and influencers every season. At Penny, you have skateboards for girls like the ‘Ripple’ and ‘Makana’ which are classics and come with amazing features. The 27″ Ripple features Mitch’s signature circular pattern with blues, tans, and burnt orange in a striking centered graphic.
- 4-inch aluminum trucks with powder-coated finish
- 59mm, 83A wheels for a smooth ride
- Color-coded high tensile deck bolts
- Color-coded cushions
- Abec 7 stainless steel bearings
Price: Begins at $100 Helmet and other protector companies such as TSG, Pro-Tec, Bern, Sandbox, Rekd, can be sought after for safety equipment and if you need a sponsor for a woman.