My oldest Teen has been a HUGE Skateboarder ever since he started Middle School, many many moons ago. We went through very expensive skateboards (Yes, $200 and up), broken fingers, scrapes on the face, arms and legs as well as many broken boards. He truly enjoys spending time at the local Skate Park and practicing tricks with his friends.
As most of you, money has been tight and when my Teen broke his last skateboard, he had to understand that a $200 Skateboard wasn’t in the budget for a very long time. I always told him to be careful with his boards, but I’m sure as many skateboard parents know, that’s not an easy task. The boards are suppose to be driven, jumped on and knocked over.
I recently strolled our local Walmart for all places and found a HUGE display, which was pretty much wiped out and all we had was a few skateboards and a cardboard display left from Shaun White. I had no idea that Shaun White, a professional Skater, whom my teen looks up to very much, is selling his high quality Skateboards at Walmart. I had to investigate a bit and see what that’s all about.
To my surprise there was line called “White Thrash”. I still giggle every time I think about the name. White Thrash to me isn’t anything at all associated with a Skateboard, if I would have to associate it I would definitely say “it’s cheap, plywood, not worth the money at all”.
At first I saw the price, under $40. Can this be a good skateboard? I know Shaun White’s name is all over, are we paying for the name or is it really holding up to the standards my Teen has become used to? I will give it a try, I grabbed one of the Skateboards and without telling my Teen, I will see what his reaction is. I saw a few other skateboards while walking through the aisle, but I ended up with the Shaun White Board in my buggy.
Check out my shopping cart, lol… Water, Candy, lots of Candy and some drinks for mom. Doesn’t this scream fun? I can’t wait to head home and present the new Skateboard to the Teen and see his reaction and what he thinks of the quality of the board. Will he even figure out that I spend less than $40 for this new Skateboard?
Doesn’t this look super cool? Totally fun and ready for my Teen to “tear it up”. Once I told my Teen about his new Skateboard, he couldn’t hold his excitement. He even jumped out of bed (yes, at 1 PM!!! A Teen’s life, must be nice) and put on some shorts and shirt and if I would have let him, his flip flops, to try out the new board. He is under the impression that I picked this board up at his favorite Skate Shop in town. I can’t wait to see his face when I tell him it’s from Walmart.
Well, it’s been about 5 hours and I was finally able to grab my Teen and get him off the skateboard. He spend all afternoon outside with his brand new board. He had a blast.! I loved watching him practice his tricks, my drink of choice in hand and the chocolate in the other, what a life. He couldn’t stop talking about how great the board was, the grip was perfect and the wheels are slick. He even threw a bit of “Skate lingo” in, and I had no clue, but smiled and nodded like I knew what he was talking about, lol. I was just excited to see my Teen off the couch again and enjoying his favorite thing, skating.
Now, I thought it was time to kind of come out of the closet and tell him that this is actually a Walmart board and it was under $40. Check out his reaction below, he never would have known or noticed if I wouldn’t have told him. LOVE IT!! That means a lot from a Teen who knows it all!!
We My Teen had a blast and really enjoyed his new skateboard. If you have a Tween or Teen that loves to skate, or is getting interested in skating, be sure to check out your Shaun White “White Thrash” selection at your local Walmart. The price and the quality is superb and can’t be beat. Perfect gift, treat or just for fun, but it is totally worth it.
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