About the trucks on the Play 120
To make this skateboard better suited to children aged 3-7 years, it features a wider wheelbase: the deck is lower and won't exert a lever effect on the nose and tail.
We chose ABEC3 bearings for a smooth ride and softer bushings to make learning to turn easier.
And to make sure this skateboard grows with your child, it features holes for moving the trucks to a normal position.
A skateboard that breaks the mould for young skateboarders
With its symmetrical design and lower height, the Play 120 doesn't look like a regular skateboard.
For greater stability, the trucks are set wider and at an incline.
The result: a lower deck to make pushing off easier.
With the trucks at the nose and tail, you no longer have a lever effect, which means no goofy or regular positioning - which is why it has a symmetrical shape. A skateboard that breaks the mould makes learning to ride more fun.
Trucks, nose, bushings – Vocabulary 101:
Trucks are the parts that are screwed into the deck and hold the wheels and bearings. Bearings come in different qualities from ABEC 1 and the bushings allow the deck to lean for turning.
The nose and tail refer to the front and back of the skateboard.
Why does a skateboard have a front and a back? Because not everyone puts the same foot in front. Skaters have a goofy stance when they put their right foot at the front, and a regular stance when they put their left foot in front.
Our passionate skateboarding team talks about how they designed this skateboard:
"It all started two years ago. We wanted to create a skateboard that was truly suited to children ages 3 to 7 who need to learn how to push off, ride and turn. That's why we used real bearings for a smooth ride: learning a sport should still be fun. If things are always hard, fun goes out the window. We tested this skateboard in skateboarding schools for children in Dordogne, France, to create a simple, age-appropriate product. The aim was for children to have fun using it."
How should you learn to skateboard? Our design team has a few tips:
"First things first: to learn to skateboard, get yourself properly kitted out: helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist pads. Protective gear means you can fall without getting hurt. Falling is a part of skateboarding, just like when you learn to walk. Or a bit like judo, when you learn how to fall. The second thing is to find the right place to practise: flat ground, without cars. An empty parking lot is a great place to start!"
How do you teach your child to skateboard?
A few pointers:
- Your child can start by learning to push off, with one foot on the skateboard and the other on the ground. Once they feel more comfortable, they can learn to ride on the board.
- You can also give them a hand: have your child stand on the board while you push them gently. They can start to learn to balance and get a feel for turning without having to worry about pushing off.