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SlingBoard brings paddleboarding to dry land

SlingBoard brings paddleboardi...
The SlingStick is used to propel the SlingBoard rider along 
The SlingStick is used to propel the SlingBoard rider along 
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The SlingBoard 2.0 features 12-inch air-filled tires wrapped around custom aluminum rims
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The SlingBoard 2.0 features 12-inch air-filled tires wrapped around custom aluminum rims
The SlingBoard comes in a standard flavor with widened deck or a slim model
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The SlingBoard comes in a standard flavor with widened deck or a slim model
The SlingStick is used to propel the SlingBoard rider along 
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The SlingStick is used to propel the SlingBoard rider along 
The SlingBoard is used with a special pole called the SlingStick
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The SlingBoard is used with a special pole called the SlingStick
The SlingBoard 2.0 features a new quick trigger braking system
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The SlingBoard 2.0 features a new quick trigger braking system

John Wink, the creator of SlingBoard, says that his big-wheeled roller combines all the best bits of paddleboarding, skateboarding and mountain biking. Essentially a longboard with a widened deck and a special pole for propulsion, the land paddler is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter.

The SlingBoard has the look of an all-terrain longboard, but with a deck that widens in the middle to accommodate a paddleboard-like stance. And riders can indeed push it along using a specially-designed paddle for dry land called the SlingStick. Its 12-inch air-filled tires afford some welcome stability and help smooth out some of the off-road bumps.

The SlingBoard 2.0 features 12-inch air-filled tires wrapped around custom aluminum rims
The SlingBoard 2.0 features 12-inch air-filled tires wrapped around custom aluminum rims

The land paddling hybrid has been in production for over a year, but a new version sporting a responsive quick trigger brake system and custom aluminum rims has just launched on Kickstarter.

Elsewhere, riders are treated to an oval-shaped center deck that dips down and curves out to 16 inches at its widest point, and a 16-inch wide wheelbase that's reported to make for a stable ride.

The SlingBoard 2.0 features a new quick trigger braking system
The SlingBoard 2.0 features a new quick trigger braking system

The updated SlingStick features a smaller and lighter rubber boot with enhanced tread and a dual chamber, spring-loaded pole that helps power the board along.

Its makers reckon that the SlingBoard offers a fun ride and a decent full body workout.

Pledges for a new SlingBoard and SlingStick combo start at US$299, but they're also being offered separately. Pledges for the SlingBoard 2.0 start at $199, while the SlingStick 2.0 comes in at $89. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in December. The video below has more.

Sources: SlingBoarding, Kickstarter

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6 comments
toyhouse
A special pole for propulsion, hahaha. That's one fancy way to describe a stick. I saw her with that big stick and the rubber foot in the top image, pictured her pushing herself around and for some reason, it made me chuckle. I bet even little kids riding bicycles would think this a wee bit silly. For full-body workouts, it may actually be a good thing but also a possible invitation to shoulder injuries, (repetitive impacts and push-offs at odd angles), I'm suffering a rotator cuff injury right now - it takes a looooong time to heal and it hurts. Whew! I'd never be able to use this one of these things.
twoartistic
They are certainly not the first. Kahuna Longboards have been paring boards with their "Land Paddles" for at least a decade. I have ridden the Kahuna version. They are a good workout and their land paddle works well for my old knees, and as a break on downhills. These guys push sticks look bulky and far less effective than the Kahuna version.
Spinafex
This looks truly ridiculous.
ChairmanLMAO
how are they gonna defeat the ridiculous look. might be ok concept if the thing floats but lol.
owlbeyou
No one is shown going along with one foot on the deck and the other pushing ahead like a skateboard, so going uphill for more than a brief moment must be tedious. A large spring-loaded push stick that can become tiresome after a while. The whole thing including the wheels is too big for its own good, and cumbersome if you decide to carry it with you anywhere. But it's great for California!
Mihai Pruna
later, kooks