The best surfskate
A classic surfskate from Surfeeling. This board is at home both in downhill and flat environments. The in-cut tail allows for wide, swooping carves with quick re-entry at the end of the turn.
- 9.98" Wide
- 31" Length
- 5.7" Tail
- 1.9" Nose
- 18" Wheelbase
- 70mm / 78A - Surfeeling Burnout Wheels
What is a SurfSkate?
A surfskate is a type of skateboard which simulates surfing. It does this through a special truck at the front of the board which is able to pivot.
This allows the skater can generate immense speed on a surfskate by pumping the board from side to side. A very similar pumping action one would do on a surfboard.
Surfskate's are vey popular with surfers who are looking to surf the streets on those down days when the ocean is flat. They are also popular with with skateboarders looking to try and new style of board riding.
How does a surfskate relate to surfing?
With the pivoting front truck a surfskate mimics surfing in a few ways.
Off The Lip
As the rider emerges from the bottom turn, they transfer their weight to engage with the opposite rail. At this moment their weight is transferred in the opposite direction from the bottom turn. This enables the surfer to perform a smooth but vertical top turn mimicking how a surfer may aggressively turn off the lip of the wave.
As the rider initiates a bottom turn, the front of the board turns and bends inward allowing the surfer to drive through the bottom turn with most of their weight positioned to the back of the board. A compression and extension of the body happens at this moment, creating acceleration and a change of direction. The result is one super-smooth surf-like bottom turn.
On larger, slower waves, surfers often carve along the face of a wave instead of riding it top to bottom. This is most common on twin and single fin boards where the swivel is not as pronounced as a thruster. A surfskate with it’s flexible and raised truck system closely replicates the large, arced turns that a surfer makes when riding bigger waves.
How to ride a surfskate
You should start by standing in your surfskate in a stationary position and just getting comfortable with the looseness of the trucks. It's a very different feeling to a regular skateboard, and it can feel a little unstable for some.
Slowly begin to move forward on the board and then start to gently pump the surfskate from side to side. By doing this you'll begin to initiate small turns.
From here you should start to switch on your surfing brain. Surfskate's are designed to ride just like surfboards so riding with a surf mindset is key. Look a few ahead all the time and visualize the kind of turn you wish to make.
In terms of ideal foot position - you will eventually find a position that suits you best. To begin with the ideal position is to have your front foot directly above the bolts of the front truck and back foot in the pocket of the tail - not quite as far back as on a surfboard where your back foot would be on the tail pad.
This will enable you to get the board turning and pumping with relative ease. Your body posture should be loose and relaxed and your arms should be hanging out wide to initiate turns.
There are a few main turns you can do on a surfskate. These will be fundamental to ensuring that you become a proficient surfskater.
The bottom is the most important turn in surfing and therefore it is equally important in surfskating. To initiate a bottom turn, start by visualizing when, where and how you are going to make the turn. As you begin the turn, crouch down low on the board. Having a compact position with a low center of gravity is critical in making a smooth bottom turn. Next, start leaning on the board's edge and into the turn.
This action will store a load of energy in your legs making it easy to power out of the turn. As you emerge from turn gradually push up through your legs and extend your body upwards. You should feel the board power out of the turn with a great deal of speed. You'll now be a position to make a top turn or cutback.
The turn is the sibling of the bottom turn. After you have glided through a perfect bottom turn, lean onto the opposite edge of your board, open up your arms and body to perform a stylish, drawn out top turn. Oh so smooth!
Use your shoulder and front arm to lead the way through the top turn. We are proponents of the following precept: Where your head and arms lead, your hips and board will follow. As you exit the top turn, remember to lower your center of gravity and crouch down again to prepare for your next turn.
Cut backs are a super stylish maneuver in surfing that brings the rider back to the pocket of the wave - where it has the most energy. This same maneuver can be performed on a surfskate with a similar degree of panache.
Start with a strong bottom turn which leads into a solid top turn. Now, instead of coming out of the top turn as normal, hold on the top turn for longer and follow it round so you are now riding back in the opposite direction you started the top turn. Effectively a complete 180 degree turn.
To do this effectively you'll need to use your arms and head to hold the turn for longer. Keep looking around to complete the cut back. You can then throw in another bottom turn to get your board back in the right direction.
Once you have your bottom and top turns nailed why not try a snap turn. The snap is another maneuver that derives from surfing. At the top of a wave the rider performs a very sharp turn that shifts the back of the board out of the water so that the only contact point is on the front half of the board. This is known as a "blowtail".
You can perform the same maneuver on a surfskate by sliding the back wheels out as you perform a sharp and fast turn. As you lean into a top turn, shift more weight on your front foot which will release pressure on the back wheels.
At this point, you'll want to push the tail out in front of you. If you execute this correctly the wheel should screech during the manouver. To exit the maneuver, spread your weight across the entire surfskate while simultaneously crouching down low on the board to keep your balance and prevent the centrifugal force of the aftermath of the turn from throwing you off the board.
Is surfskating hard?
Not really. As long as you have good balance and are fairly fit you be able to pick up surfskating rather easily. For those you have surfed or skateboarded before, surfskating should come naturally.
Are surfskate's good for beginners?
Yes they are. In fact surfskate's are an excellent way to coalesce both surfing and skateboarding and therefore help give beginners an idea of what it feels like to surf.
What's the difference between a longboard and a surfskate?
There are two main differences. Firstly, as you may have already guessed, longboards are quite a bit longer than surfskates. Longboards are typically a minimum of 1m long where as surfskates tend to be around 80cm in length. Secondly longboards have loose trucks which allow one to make nice, flowing turns. Surfskates on the other hand have trucks which pivot allowing one to make sharp, snap-like turns, akin to those in surfing.