If you are finding a different type of skateboard, try the surf skateboards is also known as surf skates. This is totally different from the normal skateboard or longboard but a new experience that can make you feel surfing on asphalt.
This board has been hitting the growing together with the advancement of the longboarding world.
This kind of board, the surf skateboard, is rarely mentioned in longboarding discussions. This is because it is seen as a different species of the known boards. Surf skateboards take on the different designs, unlike those of classical longboards.
This surf skateboard uses the concept of surfing on the beaches and brought on the streets. It really serves a different experience to the user because of its distinguished characteristics
Surf skateboarding (surfskating) is a good and exciting sport for new riders, longboard users, and surfers in the oceans. If your curiosity is tickled and questions already arose like what can this skateboard offer, or if you are convinced to try one but is not that sure of the item sold on the market, then dig deeper in this article.
In this article, you will understand the basics of surf skateboards and the magic it can make you experience once you try it on. If you are interested enough, then let’s start.
Before that, this article caters answers to the questions:
What are skateboards or surf skateboards?
Who is supposed to use these boards?
What riding style can it offer and can support?
What techniques are needed to be considered in order to master this sport?
Which models and brands are available in the market? How are they distinguishable from one another?
If any of those questions make you curious, then let’s start to get to know the surf skateboards.
Even though there are differences between a surfboard and surf skateboards, one thing is similar to both of them. It is the stance used by the riders of the boards.
One example is feet spread apart with the width of a shoulder, placing the front foot partially behind the front of the truck and the back of your foot right on top of the rear of the truck.
Most of the time, the rider’s feet are perpendicular to the deck. However, this stance depends on what type of surf skateboard you are on. Some of the boards are designed to use feet for moving the boards just like the stance that uses the toe and heel shifting which makes the board moving while other boards are involving full-body coordination which takes on angling the front foot slightly to guide the rider into the right motion
You can get more information about this in the surf skate models section of the article.
How to Ride a Carver Surfskate
Riding a skateboard is fun, but it takes on a higher level when we talk about carver surfskates. It can be difficult at first but after some time of riding the carver, you will definitely observe a progress and will eventually let you carve up the streets quickly.
To help you achieve the desired outcome, read the tips on how to advance from being a beginner into a pro surfskater.
CARVER SURFSKATE TRAINING – FOR BEGINNERS
In this discussion, we will know the basics of surfskating that will guide the beginners in these sports that they have chosen. Some of the questions that will be answered include:
What are the dos and don’ts in riding a surfskate? What are the foot and body coordination and position on the skateboard? What is the most ideal of them all? How pumping and gaining momentum in the carver skateboard is achieved?
SURF IT, NEVER SKATE IT!
That is what we initially say to our new users of surf skateboards.
Just remember that wherever you position your head and arms, that’s where the lower part of the body starting from hips up to the board will follow.
Since this is different from a skateboard, riding it with unstable feet and rigid upper body will not lead you to master the surf skateboard. Since it is a board, our first instinct is to do that but it takes a different stance, a more flexible yet stable stance when we are talking about the surf skateboard.
In riding a surfskate, the first thing to do is to loosen up and find a comfortable position in both standings in the board and balancing while the wheels are rolling.
As mentioned earlier, this board is like riding a wave on asphalt so we need to use the knowledge of surfing because this board allows the user to move in a flow and turn just like surfing.
With surfing on the mind, it can get you an advantage. Look at the way you are going to surfskate and let the instinct and your eye lead the movement.
The next thing that we will discuss is the foot and body position in riding a surfskate. There are a lot of skate positions that you can try and master but for the beginning, let me give you the ideal position to execute in riding the skate.
Ideally, you need to put your front foot on the bolts for front foot and the back foot on the pocket like the structure of the tail. This will give you an accessible stance for pumping and turning the board. This stance will provide you with a control of the board’s movement.
In doing this, your body should not be stiff with a widely open arms to initiate any turns that you would like to do.
Once you already establish your foot correctly, then doing forward movement will just be easy for you. It also can be used in the acceleration of the movement with the board, tilting, pumping using your heel or the whole toe.
Unlike what others think of the pump is initiated by the upper body movement, that is why it is important to use the head and the whole upper body to make the board move. With further mastery and practice, gliding and pumping will just be an effortless move.
After the knowledge of pumping and body stances, let us now get to a more advanced course. Let’s discuss the turns of bottom and top, throwing the fins and changing directions using a cutback. After this, you will be practicing these advanced actions in order to get the full mastery of the course.
Bottom turns are the most important because it is fundamental in doing other turns and maneuvers. This is essential because it allows the basics in order to learn and execute the other turns.
To get the turn, start moving and create a mind image of the turn you are trying to do. In an attempt of a turn, crouch down near the board without losing the stance and posture centering the gravity but low. After securing a posture, lean to the board and do the turn. These actions give much power to the legs.
It gives the legs the intensity enough to make the board turn. Move and think about drawing a turn ahead. After the turn, pushes up your body with the use of your legs and gently extend your body while still thrusting in turn. Upon doing this, you will feel the power of the board with the turn and its speed.
After this practice, you will understand how to execute the top turns and cut back since you already know the back turn itself.
Always remember to lead and look with your upper body and establish a picture of your way in your mind, then crouch when you are ready for a turn after the turn, extend your legs, and push the power on the board.
Now for the top turn, similar to surfing, top turn is derivative of the bottom turn. After mastery of the bottom turn, top turn will be easy for you. After the bottom turns, you did, lean to the other side of the edge and extend your arms open up the body to establish balance then resume to a stylish top turn execution.
Using the forearm and shoulder, execute a top turn. Turning your head and keeping it in a direction using opening the body and arms. As the mantra says, the hips and lower body follow where the where head and arms lead. After you created a turn, lower your body and center your gravity at the lower part. Secure the body posture and keep in mind to look forward to another turn.
The next stop is the turn with a snap. Once you are done executing the top and bottom turns, you can get to practicing the snap. This kind of movement is taken from surfing stance. In surfing, performing a very sharp turn and sliding the backboard away from the water.
This kind of maneuver is called throwing the fins. Slide the wheels of the back of the carver as you do one of those fast-top turns. After the top turn, put your weight upon front foot making the back of the wheels free of weights.
In this instance, you can push the tail of the board outward towards you and a nice slide accompanied by wheel screech will be done. After the maneuver, spread your weight on the board equally again, then crouch down estimating the next path you are going to do.
After the bottom turns, top turn and snaps next are the cutback. This is a type of movement that is stylish in manner because it brings the rider to the powerful wave. You can also perform this style in a carver.
To start, create a bottom turn that is powerful, followed by a flowing motion towards the top turn. After that, instead of exiting a top turn, hold to the carver longer and follow the direction you did a top turn but now with a 180° angle.
After that, use the arm and the head to control movements by looking around so that the body and the board will follow. If you want to get back to the same direction, you can do another bottom turn.