First off it should be stated that skate shops do sell more than just skateboards. In fact if you have a young child who is getting into skating it’s a really cool type of shop to visit with them. And a great place to buy gifts for that little skater too!
Most of the products offered in skate shops can be used by both girls and boys, although boys do tend to be the predominant skateboarders. Not only do these shops carry clothes for both genders, but they have jeans, shirts, hats, shoes and many other products too. Different colors and styles are available, and most of them come with the brand name of a company that makes products for skaters, or the name of one of the manufacturer’s sponsored skaters.
Some of the brand names you may have heard your young skater talk about include “Element”, “Etnies”, “DC” and “Zoo York”. These are just a very few; there are many more brands to be found on skate clothing and equipment in these skate shops.
There are skate shoes from the above mentioned brand names and more. These skate shoes are much better for a skater to wear. The sport of skating is really fantastic to watch. Kids love to wear what they see famous skaters sporting at these events. Even though they are a specialty type of shop, skate shops still have really good sales at times. Yes, then you will definitely be spending some serious money!
There are a few sites which provide great information with the details of local skate spots. Take Skateboard Spots, which is a great tool for finding local skatepots. There are thousands of spots listed, but the hardest part is the search function which forces you to sort through many pages before finding a spot you are looking for. MonsterSkate used to be one of the premiere sites on the web for finding skate spots. Currently, they have removed the flash map and focused solely on developing their store. One site, GoSkate, may be taking their place.
GoSkate features what it calls, “skate scene’s” which will link skaters with other nearby skaters, retailers, and spots. The company has been working on creating an extensive media platform for the site which includes flash, videos, photos, and 360 degree tours.
(Executive Summary about Skate Shops by Daren Wincup and Ron Darien)
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