|Welcome to the forum, Jason!
It's great that there's a younger group of rollerskaters emerging. I heard of a 14 y/o fella down south skating parks sidestance.
I would recommend checking out rollergirl:
I think hockey or hardshell inline boots are most durable.Decent metal plates and wheels around 88-90A is good for park/street and under 65mm tall.
Most of us build our own setups to ride. Good luck and have patience!