Back to the 70s with Penny Boards ,Skateboarding has come a long way from the radical wooden boards used in the 1950s with roller skates wheels attached to them and the clay wheels used in the 60s that saw an increase in ER visits and bandage sales. The boards used today are lighter and stronger and geared towards making skateboarding fun whether you are just learning to skateboard or using your board for transportation. The Penny board created by Ben Mackay, a former pro has revolutionized the sport yet again by producing a short cruiser board made from plastic that has become a huge hit with both kids and adults.
The Penny skateboard created in 2010 is designed ins the classic retro construction of the 1970s and is a complete throwback to the times when skateboarding was the reserve of the anti-establishment movement. The decks come in three sizes; the penny board 22”, the nickel board 27” and the longboard 36”. The penny board 22 has virtually rolled off the shelves both in Australia where the boards are made and stateside as well.
Although these were the most common cons mentioned in customer reviews, most customers did counteract these by mentioning that the penny boards were worth every penny (pun intended), that it was even more impressive once you learnt how to do tricks on the penny board and that that the bearings acted as safety precautions which is a great plus for kids or when learning how to Ollie or Pop Shuv it.
The various models suit different situations with the Penny longboard being easier for learning tricks while the best penny boards for cruising are the Nickel and penny board 22 as they are more compact. For those of you with more of a DIY inclination, the parts can be shipped for you to assemble instead of buying as a complete skateboard. It’s also possible to customize your board by ordering your preferred colors and designs for the various parts including breaking down the baseplate colors and hanger which Ben Mackay, founder of the company describes as rad.
For most skateboarders, their board is a constant companion which is why Penny boards have become such a hit. The size and lightweight material make it very compact and portable and it can be stuffed into a locker and even a backpack with a little bit of stretch. It’s suitable for both kids and adults as long as you can skate or even better; can handle a fall. It has no weight limit and has been designed to bend without breaking just as skateboarding does with the rules of society. However, there are knockoffs that are sprouting all over the place and it’s therefore important to check before buying or buy from reputable sources like Amazon and get a certificate of authenticity.