The perfect way to see the sights in a new light – skateboarding! Whether you choose to cruise through the island on a longboard or hit the skate bowl for an adrenaline rush, here are the best skateboards brands in Singapore that get you started on your skate game!
Ever since we entered Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) – or P2HA – many of us have been returning to our homes to work and dining in. While fitness gyms are mostly closed, there are still plenty of outdoor activities that you can do! Many head to East Coast Park to cycle, run and windsurf — but what about skateboarding?
Aside from having an extreme element to it, there are plenty of health benefits to kicking it up every now and then. Not only will you be forced to work on your balance and flexibility, but skateboarding is a surefire way of relieving stress!
Whether your goal is to see the sights and sounds on your way to work, or to nail that 50-50 grind — we hope that this list of the best-reviewed skateboards, cruisers and longboards in Singapore will help kickstart your journey!
Types of Boards
Just in case you were confused about which board to get, here’s a little factoid section to help you find a board best suited for your lifestyle.
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Cruisers are best for its namesake – cruising around the streets. The draw in getting a cruiser is that it can fit well into your backpack so you can just whip it out whenever walking feels like a chore, anytime and anywhere. It has soft wheels that are great for gaining speed and going over rough surfaces or pavement cracks, and some models have a kick-tail at its end that allows you to do some basic tricks. Cruisers are usually inexpensive and are the most affordable of all types of boards.
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These need no introduction – skateboarding is not only a sport, but a whole culture. Often known to be a subculture with a cult following, the boards are the OG that can basically pull off anything from cruising to tricks. Usually made out of layers of veneer pressed together to form a sturdy construction, it is relatively lightweight and great if you want to use a board to get airborne or start learning the ollie (arguably the fundamental skateboard trick that everyone starts off with). Prefer to cruise? Switch out the wheels to cruiser ones and you’re all set!
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Longboards are like what its name says – long. They are very stable because of the large surface area of the board that provides maximum balance, and are great for casual cruising and generally a laid back kind of ride. To get moving, you only need to kick off once, and execute a pumping action which shifts your body weight around the board to keep the board rolling forward through small turns. There are two primary types of longboard construction – pintails (board is mounted on the wheels) that are great for commuting on flat ground, and drop-throughs (board is mounted through the wheels) that accommodate gentle downhills with increased stability and a lower centre of gravity.
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Originally conceived as the surfer’s alternative to low-tide season, surf-skateboards mimic the surfboard’s action of pumping to generate speed. These boards are great for making turns and carves on the street, and the draw is that you don’t need to extensively kick-off with your feet to get moving. The pumping action is similar to a longboard, but the turns and carves that it can make are much bigger. Surf-skateboards are seen as a hybrid between cruisers and longboards.
What Skateboard Brand Should I Go For?
Now that you’ve decided on the type of board — you might be wondering, “Which skateboard brand should I be looking at?”
Here’s our pick of the lot. We made sure to include both local and international brands with a varied price range!
1. Odyssey Longboards
We stan a local brand that’s all about community and quality! Odyssey is a homegrown brand that hit the scene in 2016, offering affordable longboards that are great for entry-level enthusiasts looking to get into the sport. With a knack for great designs and attention to detail, Odyssey is also socially responsible in building a community that tutors you through your longboarding journey with videos and a blog of tips and tricks. These guys even gave back to society in the midst of the pandemic by donating sticker sales to the Singapore Red Cross — thumbs up!
Pro-tip: Scroll down for a free-shipping promo code hidden at the bottom of their page.
Price Range: From S$157 to S$197
Our pick: Nahoa Nightfall 41” Longboard
Get Odyssey Longboards here.
2. Arbor Longboards
Rooted in California back in 1995, Arbor has come a long way. Starting from snowboards made from sustainable forest products, they moved towards producing skateboards of all types, skate apparel and footwear. Even though they have expanded in product range, their commitment to the environment has remained a constant through the years. As part of their Returning Roots programme, they dedicate efforts to protecting the world’s oceans, waves, beaches and forests. Pledging their support for pro-athletes, their products are renowned for quality construction and great manoeuvrability.
Price Range: From S$309 to S$389
Our pick: Arbor Artist Fish 37″ Performance Longboard Complete
Started by a pair of friends in the basement of a ski club, Landyachtz rose to fame because of their cruisers that are not just great in quality, but in design — i.e. the slight concave of the deck, plus purposefully designed distinct shapes of their nose and tail, gives their cruisers an edge that also allows for simple tricks. They are also committed to resetting their carbon footprint — for every board they sell, a tree planted in its place.
Price Range: From S$295 to S$495
Our pick: Landyachtz Dinghy Adventure Skeleton Skateboard Cruiser
Get Landyachtz cruisers from Longboard Love here.
Located right in the heart of Pasir Ris, Skatebruh is a local brand built on the belief that skating should be accessible for everyone. Thus, they sell cruisers, longboards and skateboards at incredibly affordable prices in order to spread the love and culture of the sport. They also make sure to collaborate with local and regional artists, hoping to become a platform where young hopefuls can shine and be successful.
Price Range: From S$100 to S$185
Our pick: ‘Clarke Quay Pro’ Skatebruh Cruiser
Get Skatebruh boards here.
5. Plan B Skateboards
A catch-all skateboard brand well-known in the scene for their quality decks, Plan B has become synonymous with great beginner skateboards. Many skateboarders end up rebuilding or upgrading the other parts of their beginner boards while keeping the deck. With decades of testimonials attesting to this, you’re in safe hands with Plan B if you’re looking for a reliable yet inexpensive way to get into the sport.
Price Range: From S$179 to S$369
Our pick: Plan B Sheckler Corner 8.0″ Skateboard Complete
Get Plan B skateboards at The Ride Side here.
6. Aloiki Skateboards
Aloiki is a brand of skateboards by HLC Skateboard Distribution that caters to skaters of all levels. With a range of really cool tropical inspired graphics (think Bali), the brand is host to an affordable range of entry-level skateboards. If you’re looking for a non-professional option for your exploratory phase, i.e. you’re not ready to commit just yet, this one’s for you.
Price Range: From S$149 to $299
Our pick: Aloiki Canggu 7.87″ Skateboard Complete
7. Ghost Longboards
Alas, we’ve left the looker for last! Ghost Longboards holds up in every other arena that the other skateboard/longboard brands offer, but with a little something extra: their iconic transparent longboard decks! In fact, these gorgeous yet functional acrylic decks have become a viral sensation on TikTok. If you wish to amp this cool fashion accessory up a notch, go with a customisable deck and LED-lit wheels for maximum oomph — talk about commuting in style!
Price Range: From US$99 (~S$131.20) to US$400 (~S$530.30)
Our pick: Jelly Fish
Get Ghost Longboards here. Remember to check out in USD with your YouTrip card for a cheaper rate!
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Whether you’re after a longboard, cruiser or skateboard, there’s something for everyone! And if you’re paying in USD, don’t forget to bring your YouTrip card along to utilise YouTrip’s Wholesale Exchange Rates for favourable currency exchange rates!
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*All currency conversion rates are accurate to nearest 10 cents on 8 Jun 2021 SGT 16:49 PM. Bank card prices are calculated based on 3.25% foreign currency transaction fee.