Surf Skate 2 | My first surf skate experience goes as far back as 2014. It took me a lot of fun clumsy skate sessions to understand this particular science of surfing the streets, and actually being able to train specific manouvres on land. Hitting the streets with my surf skate has always put a smile on my face though! Sometimes it simply is the only option: the ocean is flat, the tide is not right ,the line up overcrowded, you didn’t catch enough waves in a session and still wanted to train your technique a litte, or just wanted to have some fun after the surf. Now that we have to stay away from the ocean by law, which hopefully is a once in a lifetime-situation, surf skating is as close as you get to our most beloved sport: surfing. Let’s explore surf skating a little further.
Surf skating is a discipline of traditional oldschool skating. Skateboarding was invented in the 1950’s in California. In the 1970’s skaters started hitting empty swimming pools and skated bowls. Surfing had a big influence on skateboarding in that way. Not much later skateboarders took their tricks like aerials and kick flips to the waves and pushed surfing to the next level. There has always been a close relationship between those two sports, but the invention of the so-called surf skateboards came pretty late. It was around the change of the millenia when first companies like Carver (since 1996) and Smoothstar (since 2001) started building wider decks, almost plain tails and no rocker on the nose. Their goal was simple: to make surfers better.
Surf Skateboards differ a whole lot from normal skateboards. While with normal skateboards you have a symmetric deck with two identical trucks underneath, surf skateboards tend to vary their decks as explained above. What really makes the experience different are the trucks. The front axle is coupled to a special two point-rotation system. Smoothstar calls theirs ‘Thruster’ and it is known they have the largest turning angle in the world of surfskateboards. This innovation leads you to a more surfy feeling: while in normal skateboarding the pivot point is on the back foot, in surf skating you put your weight over the front axle in order to make speed and turn the board.
Why should I do this?
Many surfers use it to better their performance in the water. Surf skates are designed to reconstruct the movements you do on the waves. What you do on a surfskate is create muscle memory. By repeating a certain move over and over (and I really mean a lot of times) your brain will be able to send out similar electronical stimuli to your body and repeat the movement also in other situations. This allows you to transfer something you learnt on the streets to the ocean.
Do you plan on picking up surf skating? Awesome! In the next post I will help you get started with your next favourite leisure activity and give you some basic tips and tricks. If you have questions, feel free to comment below and I will get back to you!