Any skateboarding enthusiast knows that having good local skate shops close is so important. Your local skate shops provide not only new skateboarding equipment but they handle repairs and sell replacement parts too. Some local skate shops carry popular skate shoes and apparel like DC and Element. You can also find the popular Tony Hawk Brand as well. Finding the right skateboard deck is sometimes hard to do. Having the right, trained and experienced staff, at your local skate shops makes it easy to get in and out quickly. Knowing that your local skate shops have employees with skating experience gives you the confidence that you can take their advice. Some Local Skate Shops have Skate Parks connected to them or right next to them. This is a great decision for them since they have an abundance of skaters there every single day. Skaters that might need grip tape, chucks or new wheels. When parents drop off their child for a day of skating they can easily go into the local skate shop next door and scope out items for upcoming holidays or birthdays. Local Skate Shops can also help arrange for individualized and group lessons if they have a contact at a local skate park. Many young skaters just starting out need to have the basics taught to them. Balance is very important. They must be able to balance on their boards.