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SurfSkate skateboard uses 360-degree rotating trucks for more natural flow

SurfSkate skateboard uses 360-...
The front trucks rotate all the way around for a new turning dynamic
The front trucks rotate all the way around for a new turning dynamic
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SurfSkate allows for quick turning
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SurfSkate allows for quick turning
SurfSkate was developed to provide more natural flow
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SurfSkate was developed to provide more natural flow
Enjoy a more wave-like ride
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Enjoy a more wave-like ride
Riders should be able to innovate new tricks and style
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Riders should be able to innovate new tricks and style
Riders should be able to innovate new tricks and style
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Riders should be able to innovate new tricks and style
Pump the board more like a surfboard on the breaks
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Pump the board more like a surfboard on the breaks
Footage and photos demonstrate the different movement provided through the wide rear track and rotating front trucks
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Footage and photos demonstrate the different movement provided through the wide rear track and rotating front trucks
Footage and photos demonstrate the different movement provided through the wide rear track and rotating front trucks
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Footage and photos demonstrate the different movement provided through the wide rear track and rotating front trucks
It may look odd, but it promises a new type of feel
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It may look odd, but it promises a new type of feel
Low in the backseat
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Low in the backseat
It may look odd, but it promises a new type of feel
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It may look odd, but it promises a new type of feel
The front trucks rotate all the way around for a new turning dynamic
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The front trucks rotate all the way around for a new turning dynamic
The Premiere is the original SurfSkate
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The Premiere is the original SurfSkate
The Premiere is the original SurfSkate
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The Premiere is the original SurfSkate
The Stunner is SurfSkate's shorter, trick-oriented board
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The Stunner is SurfSkate's shorter, trick-oriented board
The Stunner comes in several designs
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The Stunner comes in several designs
The Stunner comes in several designs
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The Stunner comes in several designs
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While skateboards have their own merits, fixed trucks and hard pavement don't exactly mimic the free-flowing, natural experience that surfers and snowboarders enjoy. Skateboard designers have tried to fix this shortcoming with all kinds of tricks. SurfSkate uses rotating trucks to attempt to fix skating's shortcomings.

For years - decades, probably - skateboard designers have worked to make a more flowy, natural board similar to a surfboard or snowboard. If you can think of a solution, it's probably been tried. There's been boards with more than a dozen wheels, boards with conical shaped wheels, and more established designs like caster boards and longboards. Not all that surprisingly, we have another competitor in the field: SurfSkate.

The Premiere is the original SurfSkate
The Premiere is the original SurfSkate

SurfSkate looks a lot like a mini-surfboard or powder snowboard, with its pointed tip and split tail. It pairs a wide, fixed back truck with a smaller front truck that rotates 360 degrees. Based on the video we've seen of it, the SurfSkate definitely seems to deliver a looser, more playful ride than the average skateboard. It also turns with more agility.

The company that builds it says that it allows you to pump and carve similar to wave riding. Whether or not the ride is really "surfing on land" or "snowboarding on pavement" is surely a matter of rider opinion, but it looks worth a test spin if that's the type of ride you're in the market for.

SurfSkate makes two models: the original Premiere and The Stunner, a shorter board designed for park riding. The Premiere costs US$259 and The Stunner $239. Check out more at SurfSkate.com.

You can't fully comprehend a piece of gear like this without seeing it in action, so here's some straight riding footage.

SurfSkate Ind. Newport Beach, CA

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2 comments
DemonDuck
Would you like a raspberry with that road-rash???
glazey
Yup. Totally fixed skateboard\'s shortcomings like, stability and usefulness, and replaced them with a kooky awkward fake surfboard. Take your gimmiks back to the water...