Over the years, various skateboard manufacturers have designed boards intended to simulate the feel of surfing. One of the latest, the Deska "CitySurf" Board, sets out to do so via a low, wide deck and three smooth-rolling 200-mm wheels, plus it even has an input for a user-supplied windsurf sail. It additionally features a unique foot retention system, and a rear disc brake.
The Deska's deck is made from a sandwich of carbon fiber, Kevlar, wood, stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass. It has a dropped foot platform in order to lower the rider's center of gravity.
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A "footbelt" strap runs longitudinally down the middle of that platform, allowing riders to cinch their feet in underneath. That strap can be easily removed, and can even be replaced with individual diagonally-mounted foot straps, in the style of a windsurf board.
The rear disc brake is activated via a cable that runs from a hand-held brake lever, and along the underside of the deck entering from the front. If users don't want to bother with that added clutter (and the ability to brake), the cable can reportedly be quickly removed.
Csaba Tolgyesy, the Hungary-based designer of the Deska Board, is currently raising production funds on Indiegogo. A pledge of US$490 will get you one of the rigs, when and if they're ready to roll.
You can see some of the prototypes in action, in the pitch video below.