About this setup
Setup Price: $400
Ideal Speed: Under 15mph
Riding Style: Surfskate / Deep Carving
This is basically a freeride setup with the
About the rider
Shoe Size: US Men’s 11 (UK 9)
I’ve always loved board sports and have been skating and longboarding since I was young. I’m not an amazing skater in that I can’t really do tricks, but I just love the feeling of being on a board and cruising around.
This surfskate suits me well because it’s everything I love about skating – pumping, carving and that fluid motion.
- High quality setup
- Carving machine
- Large wheelbase
Wheelbase: 24.5” (or 26”)
The deck is a
The deck was designed to be good all round but with a focus on downhill, this means it has no flex and the additional grip from the concave and extra grippy grip tape means my feet stay really locked in on tight turns.
I love having a massive kicktail as it gives a lot of control. I can switch my back foot position around as I transition between pumping etc.
The nose has admittedly been rendered pretty obsolete for me because of the
I’m using a mix of different hardware. I bought some 1 inch bits for the original setup but when I added the surfskate adaptor I had to switch some of it around so nothing would catch.
The trucks are Paris V2s 180mm which I’ve always found great, they also look sick.
I can pump from a standstill and just about uphill. The long wheelbase means I can get a nice big carve radius which makes going along the flat fun. I find I can get a better rhythm than with other smaller surfskates I’ve tried.
It does raise the deck up a lot which can be annoying when pushing but you get used to it. I like the extra clearance you get when actually riding so I wouldn’t say it’s a massive downside.
It also stops you from bottoming out so much in parks.
I use the Paris 90a urethane bushings which came with the trucks which I like, although with the surfskate adaptor they probably don’t make a whole lot of difference.
I bought the Pink Powerballs in blue (81a) because they were meant to be alright for sliding but still soft – I’ve found them fine but would probably get something grippier in the future.
The round lips mean they break traction quite easily which is occasionally annoying when turning at speed.
Bones super reds – I love this board so pretty much never let it get wet, and as a result these have lasted me ages and haven’t shown any signs of slowing down.