Several years ago, Utah-based Kahuna Creations innovated a sport it calls "land paddling." With the simple addition of a balled paddle, longboard skaters have been able to paddle their way around asphalt and concrete, bringing the burgeoning sport of stand-up paddleboarding onto dry land. Kahuna is now updating its land paddling line with a purpose-built longboard modeled after one of its surfboards. The new Bombora Longboard uses a big, surf-style design to make for what is reportedly a smooth, intuitive ride.
If you look at the board, you'll immediately notice it has a shape distinct from the typical longboard. The board is shaped after Kahuna's Black Coral Classic Surfboard, and unlike other longboards, it's purpose-built for land paddling.
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Not only does the board use a more surf-styled shape, but it's practically as long as a surfboard. At just under 5 feet long (1.5 m) and 14 inches (35.6 cm) wide, the Bombora gives you a big, stable platform for making swooping, stick-assisted carves. Kahuna marketing manager Cory McBride told us that it's wide enough to stand on with both feet pointing forward, the same stance you'd use on a water-based paddleboard. It's also long enough to walk back and forth on.
The Bombora has 70-mm wheels, 10-inch trucks and carved out wheel wells to eliminate wheel bite. It's crafted from Baltic birch and weighs 17 lbs (7.7 kg). Dedicated land paddlers can get their Bombora boards now for US$250.
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