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Deska wants to be your "CitySurf" board

Deska wants to be your "CitySu...
The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for land-based windsurfing
The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for land-based windsurfing
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The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for land-based windsurfing
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The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for land-based windsurfing
The Deska's deck is made from a sandwich of carbon fiber, Kevlar, wood, stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass
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The Deska's deck is made from a sandwich of carbon fiber, Kevlar, wood, stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass
A close view of its spring-loaded front wheel axle
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A close view of its spring-loaded front wheel axle
Designer Csaba Tolgyesy works on one of the prototypes
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Designer Csaba Tolgyesy works on one of the prototypes
Riding the Deska Board
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Riding the Deska Board
The Deska Board, with one of the individual foot straps installed
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The Deska Board, with one of the individual foot straps installed
Plans call for the boards to be available in a number of designs
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Plans call for the boards to be available in a number of designs
A "footbelt" strap runs longitudinally down the middle of that platform, allowing riders to cinch their feet in underneath
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A "footbelt" strap runs longitudinally down the middle of that platform, allowing riders to cinch their feet in underneath
Csaba Tolgyesy with the Deska Board
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Csaba Tolgyesy with the Deska Board
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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.

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.

A "footbelt" strap runs longitudinally down the middle of that platform, allowing riders to cinch their feet in underneath
A "footbelt" strap runs longitudinally down the middle of that platform, allowing riders to cinch their feet in underneath

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.

Sources: Deska Board, Indiegogo

DESKA BOARD CitySurf

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1 comment
The Skud
I love the many and varied ways people keep creating to do themselves severe damage on nice, soft cement or bitumen! With a reasonable breeze and a sail these inventions could get up to a fair rate of speed. I suppose it could be the Darwin Principle Association working behind the scenes? And yet other people keep buying these products - there must be a collective 'death wish' out there.