Last Minute Gift Fixes: Give a Custom Board in a Card or Give a Gift Card

2 Perfect (last minute) Gifts for the Holidays! Skateboard in a Card, or as a Gift Card!

Are you looking to give the perfect gift to a longboarder or skater who would LOVE a custom board, but it’s too late to get it shipped in time? Well, we have the PERFECT solutions for you, with TWO different ways you can give a custom board as a gift!

Last Minute Gift #1 – Put the Board Image in a Card

Design a Board »

When you create a custom board design on our site, it creates a preview image of the deck that you can print out. Simply print out the page or the image itself, fold it up and slide the page with the board photo into a card. This will be the best card someone special has ever opened when they see it’s not the typical card – it has a sweet longboard inside! This is sure to put a happy surprise smile on someone’s face this Christmas, even if you do it the night before ;) Boards start at $59.99.

Last Minute Gift #2 – Gift Card

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Our gift cards are always a great way to give someone the gift of customization while still allowing them to make their own design. Purchase a gift card right here from our site in the Shop section. We’ll email you a graphic of a gift card with the code on it that you can print out and stick into a holiday card and give someone the chance to design their own board! They will be stoked when they realize they get to design something themselves and have it shipped right to their door. Please allow 48 hours for the gift card to be emailed to you. Prices start at $25.00.

Skateboarding Gift Guide – Gifts for Skaters – Christmas Gifts

The Best Gifts for Skaters – Skateboarding Gift Guide – Christmas Edition

Skaters can be a tough bunch to go gift shopping for: we’re incredibly picky about our gear, our shoes, our skateboards, our brands, and our steez. We get a lot of customers calling in over Christmas looking for the perfect Xmas gifts for skaters in their life. Maybe you’re looking to get your bro something you can totally borrow, maybe you’ve got a grom of your own, or maybe you’re browsing for gifts for a skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend. We’re here to break down some of the best skateboarding gifts you can get the skater in your life. Welcome to our Official Whatever Skateboards Christmas 2015 Gift Guide. We’ll break down the must have gifts as do’s and don’ts for skateboarding gift ideas.

Top Skateboarding Gifts

Predator Helmet

We had to put this first because we’re pretty sure our moms buy every one of us a helmet every Christmas. Helmets and pads are the socks of skateboarding gifts, everyone gets them. Not all of them have been cool so we’re jumping out in advance of this one. If you’re buying for an adult you should be going for the best skateboarding helmet and that’s anything by Predator. We offer the Predator FR-7 on our site which is a great all around helmet for safety. Also the Predator helmet is sleek black, matte, actually looks cool, its the helmet the pros wear in comps. If you have a grom (read: you need kids Christmas gifts) you should obviously opt for a Raskulls helmet. If they made Raskulls for adults we’d probably wear them and there’s a lot of helmet envy on the boardwalk from little steezers rocking their kid’s Shark Helmet.

– Buy a quality helmet.
– Get something cool so you’re more likely to wear it.

– Don’t buy a bike helmet and not a skateboarding helmet.
– Don’t buy a used helmet, ONLY buy new helmets. Used helmets are not safe and very dangerous!

Custom Skateboard or Custom Longboard (Obviously from Whatever Skateboards!)

Its not our fault we have the best gifts for skaters! The nice thing about getting a custom skateboard as a gift is that it is personal it can be part of your skaters quiver without you needing to worry about all the technical details behind skateboarding. A cool design on our pro quality decks is enough steez for any skater to proudly rock. We carry all the most popular sizes of skateboard. Our most popular sized classic skateboard deck is the 8″ x 31″ 3/4 skateboard. We also have tried-and-true longboard shapes. If your skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend don’t have a longboard cruiser they make a great gift for any skater. our most popular longboard is our Dart pintail series. For those looking to get something a little smaller we have the perfect wooden penny style skateboard without our Lil Guy.

– Buy a quality skateboard.
– Make multiple designs to come up with something awesome.

– Don’t buy cheap plywood skateboards at Wal-Mart or Target.
– Worry! Our custom skateboards and custom longboards make a rad gift.

GoPro Hero 4 Camera

Skaters love filming themselves and spend hours hitting the pavement just to nail one make when the camera is on. If there’s one camera that stands above all other cameras it is without a doubt the GoPro. The GoPro Hero 4 is the latest in the Go Pro camera series and like previous GoPro cameras its waterproof and has a screen. Compact and rugged Go Pros go anywhere skaters shred and have the fisheye style lens to make sure you get every frame. Ultra high quality and super tiny a Go Pro is like having an entire bag of equipment and lenses. The killer battery life and memory cards that are interchangeable with Android phones makes the GoPro Hero 4 one of the ultimate skateboarding gifts. We’re not gonna lie, these are some of the more expensive cameras on the market but you get what you pay for and any skater would be beyond stoked. The huge bonus with a GoPro is that isn’t just for skateboarding and helmet cams, they’re a great choice for anything fun.

– Read up on the various GoPro camera models and addons. The screen, extra batter, and waterproof case are the most popular addons.
– Get an extra memory card.

– Don’t buy a cheap camera, you’re better off getting something else if you’re not getting something nice like a GoPro or a DLSR still camera.

Skateboarding Gifts on a Budget

Skate Tool or Skate Key

Not all skateboarding gifts have to be pricey, there are a lot of cheap skateboarding gifts for those on a budget. Some low cost staples of skateboarding every single skater loves are skate tools. Skate tools and skate keys have all the major sizes to match skateboarding nuts and screws. They also have an allen head or hex key for those that are sensitive about their deck. You can pretty much never have enough skate tools. Skaters spend a ton of time switching out gear or cored wheels and these are essential. Most hardcore skaters have one in their bag, one in their car, and one at home. An awesome stocking stuffer skateboarding Christmas gift for skaters the skate tool is an essential piece of hardware.

– Get a skater a skate tool as a gift if they don’t have one.

– Don’t worry if your skater already has skate tool, you can always use a few more and friends often “borrow” them. – There are no don’ts really, skate tools are essential for all skaters.

Custom Stickers

Right there with skate tools for cheap skateboarding gifts are custom stickers. Create anything awesome and make your own design and get a grip of stickers on the cheap. Regular brands are cool but not all skaters want to rep all brands. Creating badass custom stickers that can be slapped on a skate are the perfect skateboarding stocking stuffer. You can never have enough stickers in life and personalized stickers make the perfect gift for skaters in everyone life.

– Make something awesome. Try a few designs!
– Create a design that is easy to read and not complicated.

– Use complicated designs or very small text.

Last Minute Skateboarding Christmas Gifts

Whatever Skateboards Gift Card

Gift cards are one of our most popular skateboarding gifts. Its not easy to nail the perfect design on your own and sometimes skaters are just plain picky. If you need a last minute skateboarding gift for skaters a Whatever Skateboards gift card can be the perfect way to get an awesome gift with time to spare. Available in different values you can tailor your gift to your budget and your skater.

– Snag a gift card for at least $100 depending on the skateboard you’re trying to get your skater, some downhill longboards or specialty skateboards can be more!

– Panic! We’ve got you covered for Christmas gifts.

A Real Hoverboard Skateboard That Skaters Can Actually Shred

Whatever Skateboards is stoked to announce a real hoverboard skateboard that skaters can actually shred. The limited edition hoverboard skateboard launched today, just in time for October 21st, 2015. The Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard has every detail perfected to pay homage to the original hoverboard and one of the greatest skateboarding scenes in pop culture. Get ready to shred through time on this hot pink neon speed demon with a custom grip design so rad it might get zapped back to the 80’s. But don’t worry; this hoverboard can always get back to the future. The magnets on the bottom graphic are lined up with the truck mounts to get 1.21 gigawatts of steez. This is a gourmet, limited edition, hoverboard skateboard only by Whatever Skateboards.

This hoverboard skateboard doesn’t hover but it is in the original shape and is one crazy skateboard deck. Clocking in with a 32″ length and 8.5″ width this is sized to ride. The nose is flat, wide, and round like a true old school 80s skateboard and the tail has that distinctly “vintage future” appeal with a hard square cut tail. The hoverboard deck is made from pro quality maple for a legit ride. The grip is Whatever Skateboards custom printed Jessup grip tape. It all comes together with the hot pink deck and the top graphic on the grip. The bottom graphic has strategically placed hoverboard magnets so the trucks line up perfectly. A complete setup comes with matching green Paris 180mm Trucks. The final tip of the hat from this glorious unicorn of a skateboard is in the wheels: of course hoverboard skateboards roll around on Cult Classics 66mm skateboard wheels. For those strict to canon there are no footstraps or handlebars.

The new hoverboard skateboard is at Whatever Skateboards but hurry up, the supplies are limited and this is a special edition skateboard. And while this may be back from the future the hoverboard skateboard makes the perfect present for any skater. This is one of the best new skateboarding gifts for the holidays and this is the hoverboard skateboard that skateboarders have always wanted. No road trip through skateboarding time and space is complete without the new Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard. It is always recommended to wear a helmet and protective gear even when riding a hoverboard. Please take safety seriously and always be aware of DeLoreans on the road.

REVIEW! Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Official Review

Whatever Skateboard’s Official Review – Tony Flop Pro Skater 5

Tony Flop Pro Skater 5 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is out and the results are in: its not good. You know its for real when die hard Tony Hawk fans like ourselves are bearing the bad news. The Tony Hawk hype machine had pumped this skating game up to 11 only to have it aggressively panned on social media and by critics. A quick read of comments on Tony Hawk’s Instagram lets you know how people feel. Sadly Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 doesn’t even let you design your own skateboard. And unfortunately for skaters this is the most recently released major skateboard game so there’s no real option but to buy it and complain :-( And that brings us to our Official Whatever Skateboards Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Review.

SCORE: 7.2 / 10 (NO BUENO)

What Does Whatever Skateboards Know About Skateboard Games?

For one we play the XBox One in our office constantly and we’ve logged some major hours designing our own skateboard in Skate 3 and Skate 4. While we don’t have an Official Whatever Skateboards Review of Olli Olli and Olli Olli 2 we’ve logged A LOT of hours on them and even have some of the global high scores. Not to mention several members of our team used to be game developers and had platinum hits so we’re not just parroting the rest of the reviews.

The Good: This Game Has Some Moments

As with any game you can see the developers and production team did try put their hearts in to it. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 shines during certain surprise and delight moments: putting the first weird head on your skater, popping beach balls in The Berrics pool, and even firing explosive rockets out of your skateboard. The subtle trick names as you clear gaps and grind rails are good for a smile and the quippy mission names are the same way. Some of the missions are better than others, and there are a few times the rides lines really are spectacular. Overall the stock levels are actually pretty fun and larger than we expected. Oddly enough one of the best parts of this game is the stupid Robomoto intro.

The Bad: Yikes

Our first office play session was hours long and we unlocked the third level. The next day we went to play again and all of our game data had been reset. That meant hours of replaying the missions and the complete lack of story (unlike THPS Underground) became painful. We bailed. We forced ourselves to pick it back up again. Every private match ended in a crashed game and needing an XBox One reboot. You can’t even switch Missions from within a Mission, you have to go all the way out to “Freeskate” mode even though the menu opens up. You hit the left menu button and the menu opens on the right of the screen. Hit the right menu button and the menu opens on the left side of the screen. In a nutshell this game is mentally painful to play.

The Ugly: This Game Is Actually Worse Than You Realize

This game does a bit of a disservice to gaming. Where the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater was innovative and moved gaming forward this game was a cold rehash of the Tony Hawk franchise. The best new move was stolen from Olli Olli and the “big new thing” is a multiplayer open world no one wants to be in. Given the years between the release of THPS4 and THPS5 this game should have been a glorious reboot of one of the last god-tier gaming franchises from the golden era of 32 and 64 bit gaming. Instead we got the Star Wars: Episode 1 of skateboard games. Everyone was hoping for a new version of an old classic but instead what we got was the same old game. There goes another unicorn :’-(

Tony Hawk Wins Womens SLS Championships The soundtrack is another great place to see something terribly wrong with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5: its all rock and punk. There’s no EDM, no dubstep, no hip hop, and no rap. The original soundtrack was incredible, this was huge chance to reboot it and instead what we got was a small can of TH approved music. We know he likes that stuff already, its not new to brand followers. And its certainly not in touch with modern music. Does the Hawk listen to anything but guitars? What about any other skaters in the game? Do they have ears and like music? We’ll never know.

Unlike the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater which had a bevy of famous skaters this version pretty much lets you pick from Tony Hawk, Tony Hawk Jr., and Tony Hawkette. Where the hell is Rodney Mullen, Evan Smith, Kilian Martin, or any female skaters? Why can’t I make my own face on a skater? Why can’t I skate my own skate? The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater went so far past Tony Hawk himself that it made him stand out as a remarkable individual in a community and finalized his status as a pop culture god. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 continues to celebrate the Tony Hawk legacy but never gets past the Tony Hawk brand enough to connect with anyone actually playing the game.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5In the end it felt like THPS5 was a game made for one person to play: Tony Hawk.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 PROTIPS

  • Metacritic gave this a 1.5 / 5
  • Gamespot gave this a 3.0 / 10
  • Wait until much later or even after the holidays to get this game if you have to buy it the price will be much lower.

Design Your Own Penny Board Style Short Cruiser Skateboard!

Design Your Own Penny Board Style Skateboard Deck!

Design Your Own Penny Board We’ve got the short cruiser skateboard shape that you want and we even let you design your own penny board on our world-famous Green Tail Skateboard and our 2016 skateboard models (no spoilers)! One shred sesh on this penny style skateboard equipped with cruiser style wheels and trucks and you’ll be hooked on the mini skateboard craze. We popped out the tail on ours to give a little more action than a traditional short cruiser and we also widened the deck overall for larger riders. But don’t worry, we have both a 25″ and an even shorter 22″ if you’re looking to go ultra mini. Mob alley cracks with impunity and surf the concrete sea like a salty old sailor on these little penny board style decks.

What Does a Penny Board Style Skateboard Ride Like?

Besides being under 28 to 30 inches with a fishtail shape one of the primary defining characteristics of this skateboard deck shape is the type of gear typically mounted on it. Most short cruisers, including our Green Tail series, come equipped with gear you’d expect to find on a slightly different style skateboard based on the size. Most penny style skateboards use large wheels than you’ll find on a traditional skateboard and often have gear that’s more commonly found on longboards or cruisers. Its no wonder penny boards ride different than most other skateboards: with that kind of control on that small of a skateboard deck you can get an awesome ride. You get the control and grip from a larger longboard but the zippy maneuverability you’d expect from a classic fishtail shape. Our penny board style short cruiser skateboard Green Tail are an improvement on some of our older mini shapes and this size remains one of our favorites, particularly with the ability to slide and pump on flatland. Paris Trucks Skateboard Wheels

Plastic Skateboard VS Wood Skateboard?

Until we find a better way to make truly quality skateboard we make all of our penny boards out of wood, none of our boards are made out of plastic. We use traditional or fine grain grip on the top so you can get more control as you skate without the intense coarse grip for a downhill skateboard. While we do like formed skateboard tops we’re not huge fans of the way plastic skateboards have less grip than wood skateboards. Another downside to plastic skateboards that caused us to choose wood for our mini skateboards was the overall deck feel. At that tiny size the bounce is great but too much bounce can be intense even on the boardwalk when riding one of these. Plastic skateboards are fun but in our opinion if you’re getting a professional skateboard deck you should get wood.

Shortboards Are Perfect For Designing Your Own

Unlike a longboard a penny skateboard style skateboard deck gives a smaller space for the graphic design so the actual graphics on the smaller boards create a great focal point. This cat skateboard, (Editor: technically a laser cat skateboard bro), gives focused and clear graphic able to be seen at a glance. Longboard designs frequently require the eye to travel up and down the board but if you design your own penny board the graphic can be focused and centered.

Our Finest Short Cruisers, Just For You!

Of all the skateboards in the office fleet the penny board style skateboards is one of the ones we’ve checked out the most. If you’re interested in being able to design your own penny board the Green Tail series was engineered to be the perfect choice! If you like the look of the 25 inch Green Tail series but want something even tinier we have a 22″ model that’s smaller and lighter. Our 22″ Green Tail is also made out of wood for extra durability, no plastic cruisers here! Want to design other shapes? Take a look at our other custom shortboard skateboards and custom mini skateboards! Be on a lookout for our new skateboards, some of the newest shapes will be penny board style!

Design Your Own Old School Skateboard And Old School Longboard

We know what if feels like to want to design your own old school skateboard so we made the very best old school skateboard decks and old school longboards around. Here are some of our best deck shapes to custom design with a timeless appeal. At Whatever Skateboards we’re all about designing your own old school skateboard, from the pinnacle of the park popsicle to the laziest longboard cruiser. Like any silver screen masterpiece the test of time has even improved of the classics with modern science, (read: fiberglass). Old school skateboarding style without riding like something from history class (Editor: *groan*). We’ve taken the time to break down some of the best “design your own” old school skateboards and old school longboards we have on our site.

Design Your Own Old School Skateboard – Skateboarding 101

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If there is one old school skateboard that took over to defined skateboarding and solidified itself as the official “skateboard” shape is it this iconic textbook shape. Nothing says old school quite like… well… a classic skateboard. One of the best formats to design your own this pro model also is made of top quality wood so you’ll be able to shred in steez. Gripped up with Jessup and ready to roll nothing says gourmet like a classic popsicle deck.

The Oversized Skateboard – Skateboarding 201

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Some people insist bigger is better and in a nod to the early days we’ve gone ahead and carved this massive hunk of old school wood pushing madness. Shaped in an older style with modern cuts the actual size of the board is much bigger than the old school style street decks. Built for ancient beasts and those who need a little more canvas for their graphics this is one of the decks we’ve finally grown up enough to mash around.

The Dart – Your Friendly Old School Longboard

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No trip down old school skateboard lane is complete without longboarding and no old school longboarding sesh is complete without a Dart pintail style. The original beach shape and preferred throughout Southern California for ages the surf style pintail give you that uplifting bouncy ride you remember. Pop up and down to some tunes on your Walkman and throwback to when when tails were out of fashion. Cooler than a skinny tie in a class picture this amazing old school beach style cruiser looks great with custom beach themed designs.

Official Whatever Skateboard Old Skool Skateboard

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This is our official slice of old school skateboarding and this shape is sweeter than summer vacation with a deck shape shimmering somewhere between cruiser, shortboard, and fishtail. When you tell your grandkids on their hoverboards about skateboarding this is the shape you are talking about. We took inspiration from all of our favorites so you feel like you’re riding every style of old school skate at once. Fishing for that monster fin in back? You’ll catch it. Want to get groovy with the sweeps? Jack up on some risers or use the carved wheel wells to snap in some reverse kingpins and throw peace signs on the boardwalk. Need to pop? The tail catches. Monster hill? Use the extra length we threw in with a slightly wider pocket in back. This is a go to daily driver and a dependable skate. The wide shape is awesome for custom old school designs and graphics and is the definitive upgrade for all old school skates.

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Electric Scooter Hoverboards Are Here!

We’ve Got The Electric Scooter Hoverboards On Sale!

You know we love these electric scooter hoverboards so its no surprise that now Amazon has these hoverboards for sale! From our very first Smart Balancing Scooter to our official electric scooter hoverboard review we’ve been looking all over for the best makes and models. After being asked all summer if we had these “cyber boards” for sale we decided it was time to get the very best electric scooter hoverboards up on our site. There aare three generations from the basic model up to the newest third generation with wireless Bluetooth speakers. Don’t pay ridiculous prices these electric scooter hoverboards are cheap while everyone is selling them for too much. Check prices on hoverboards first and compare.

What’s the Difference Between Hoverboards?

The first generation of hoverboard is the original model based on the Smart Balancing Scooter that started the entire craze. It’s a bit more manual than the later hoverboard models and doesn’t have the same “beginner mode” and remote that the later versions have. The second generation of these electric scooters is full of new improvements including the remote and beginner mode. The latest generation of electric scooter was released just this month (these things are that new) and took it to the next level: has beginner mode, a remote, Bluetooth speakers, wider wheelbase, larger tires, and better battery. Each hoverboard comes in several colors like white, black, pink, and blue.

I’m Looking For a Holiday / Christmas / XMas Gift? Will These Electric Scooters Arrive In Time?

Yes! Some of the fastest shipping options for these hoverboards is 2 Day Shipping within the US. We’ve already seen low shipping times internationally. Hoverboards are obviously one of the best gifts for skateboarders and we’ve already had customers ordering these as a Christmas gift.

Wholesale Hoverboards, Bulk Hoverboards, and Corporate Hoverboards

These are a real eye turner at conventions and at the office. So far these hoverboards have been great for marketing and for HR recruiting. Cruise around the conference room or convention center floor or anywhere there’s a “NO SKATEBOARDING” sign.

Why Are They Called Hoverboards? They Don’t Hover They Are Electric Scooter.

We know, but after using them all summer that’s the name people chose. Seeing as how this is the year of “Back to the Future” it almost makes sense. Looking for more on hoverboards or our hoverboard skateboard? Click here!

The Best Deals on Hoverboards Are At Amazon

We Got Custom Griptape! Now You Can Design Your Own Custom Longboard Griptape or Custom Skateboard Griptape!

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That’s the general feeling around the office now that we can deck-out all of our own skateboards and longboards with new custom griptape and design it all online. We’ve been working on getting this for a long time, and we’re proud to say it’s finally here and live on the site as we speak!

Why Custom Griptape is Awesome

Getting a new board is awesome, too! Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a new deck over new grip any day. Especially when it can come with custom griptape already installed on it (also an option now for the boards you’re designing on our website). But, new boards can be expensive to buy a lot of, and sometimes you want a custom deck look without spending as much cash as you would for a custom board. For a lot of us, brand new complete setups are once or twice a year kind of deal – plus however many decks we snap or break along the way, but that’s not too often. Because of money, it’s a shame, but it’s just tough to step up your skateboard or longboard collection very frequently – especially if you’re a kid, or you got no job, or you just broke like a lot of us skaters out here in the streets! We feel you! The main reason it’s awesome is because you get to rock your personal style on your deck and get creative or rep your crew, but it’s awesome that you can grip up any deck with your own sweet new custom grip tape design that will turn any deck of any age into a fresh new deck from the top! You don’t have to buy a full new deck just to deck it out with your own style. Just design some custom grip and you’re fresh as hell at half the cost (or less). If you’re the type of skater that snaps a lot of decks and picks up blanks for cheap, then this is the custom grip option for you!

But Is It Good Grip Tape?

Are you kidding? How about some of the BEST grip tape? This isn’t some home grown grip, we’ve got Jessup brand griptape ready for your custom grip artwork and we can say from experience that this grip tape is great. A lot of people these days are hot to trot on Grizzly Grip Tape, Mob Grip, Shake Junt, and a few others, and those are cool too! But, when we had to choose which brand to rep we went with Jessup because it’s the most OG of them all! I mean how OG are you when your website domain name is literally You don’t snag a name like that unless you get it from the very beginning, and that’s what they did, as the true original grip tape company that was the first to bring silicon carbide griptape to the skateboard industry, starting all the way back in 1975. Right now for Custom we have fine/regular grip tape, not coarse yet (if you’re doing slides and hard downhill, you may want to wait for coarse) but otherwise we recommend the fine grip for most park, street, freestyle, commuter, casual, and definitely the only choice for cruisers. Unless you’re doing aggressive skating where you really need a ton of grip (which you can also get on our site, but not custom yet), then the finer grip tape will actually be more comfortable and won’t tear up your clothes or shoes as easily.

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