A few years back I was watching Shark Tank and Hamboards came on.
I immediately was intrigued because I’ve been skating and surfing for well over a decade. The combination of the two seemed like a dream.
Curiosity got the best of me and I started doing research.
I decided to purchase the skimboard-looking one, which is technically called the Hamboard Biscuit.
It’s basically their version of the Penny Board.
Besides the main Hamboards website, I couldn’t find any helpful reviews. So I wanted to put something together to give you my personal opinion on it and help you decide if the Biscuit is right for you.
What does it ride like? Does it actually skate like a surfboard? Is it solid for surf training? I’ll be answering those questions and more…
Here’s my Hamboard Biscuit review.
Who Is It Best For?
It’s ideal if you’re looking for a tiny cruiser that can turn on a dime. The size of it makes it easy to stash away.
Because of its size, the biscuit is popular among younger kids, but honestly, I’m 5’11”, 165lbs, and this thing is still fun to ride. The deck is wide enough for my feet to fit comfortably.
Bottom line, if you want a board that’s portable and can carve on a dime, the Hamboard Biscuit is a solid option.
The Biscuit deck is made from birchwood that’s hand dye-dipped. The trucks are a classic skateboard indy style. The wheels are 62 mm 80a with SAN-O double rubber sealed grease bearings.
Length: 24″ ( 60.96cm)
Width: 13.75″ ( 34.925cm)
The section where I completely take the board apart and inspect the quality of each part. Below you’ll find a summary of each part of the board – from the hardware to the deck.
The trucks are standard indy trucks made of solid quality. However, I do wish they had color options. If I could’ve got my trucks in black, I’d be stoked. But I totally get from a business standpoint, you want to keep your core products as simple as possible.
First, I love the birchwood. It just has a unique look to it than other SurfSkates. Most SurfSkates on the market have a plain wooden look with some graphics on it. The Biscuit’s color variety is a leader in the market.
And second, the durability of the board is really solid. At .5″, it’s thick enough so it won’t snap, no matter what the rider’s weight. I’ve accidentally hit it against curbs several times and the marks are pretty minor. The deck hasn’t chipped at all.
You can tell they made the grip with barefoot riders in mind. It’s low-key, so it doesn’t bother your feet, yet it’s grippy enough, so you don’t slip off. The clear 60S grit doesn’t intrude on the color of the board you picked, which is another plus. Overall, you can tell they spent a lot of time picking the right grip for this board.
The bushings are soft, allowing for smooth turns.
I basically test them out by spinning them with my hand, then seeing how long they go for. Each wheel averaged about a 3-5 second spin, which isn’t bad but could be better. But for the price of this board, these are solid bearings.
Pros & Cons
The quality of the birchwood deck is solid. I’ve had my board slam into curbs and it hasn’t chipped the board at all (just minor indents). The clear-coated grip feels nice while barefoot – not too harsh like skate grip tape can be.
The trucks and bushings make it easy to perform sharp turns. However, it’d be cool if they offered different color trucks, but that’s a more personal preference.
The unique shape and carvability make the Hamboard Biscuit super-fun to ride. It’s not a board to bomb hills with because you’ll definitely get speed wobbles. If you want something that shreds like a shortboard surfboard and is similar in size to a penny board, the biscuit is a great option. You can feel the passion the company put into building this board.
The Biscuit has a much different approach than what the RipSurf did with their grip. It’s coded with 60S grit and sprayed over with a UV-resistant gloss lacquer.
This makes riding it barefoot super enjoyable. If you compare it to traditional skateboard grip tape, it’s much more low-key. You can essentially run your hand across the board and you won’t get much drag.
At the end of the day, the Biscuit is designed to be a SurfSkate. This means it’s a board designed to mimic the feeling of surfing on land. I gotta say, they nailed it on this.
They added 24mm riser blocks so you’ll never get wheel bite (which basically means your wheels will never hit the board when doing turns). The trucks allow you to turn on a dime and the bushings are just right to make for a comfortable ride.
This is my favorite part about the Biscuit and the main reason why I ride it so much. You can get into a nice flow of pumping to gain speed. The deep carves really make it feel like you’re doing a cutback on a wave.
I don’t have a single board in my collection that’s this shape. I love how portable it is. When I ride one of my traditional-looking longboards somewhere, I always have an issue of where to put it. But with the Biscuit, you’ll have a much easier time stashing it away.
Not to mention the unique skimboard-looking shape. I’m not gonna lie, at first I wasn’t a fan of it, but it grew on me. The fact that it’s about 14″ wide makes it very comfortable doing sharp turns. I’m a shoe size 11 and the width is perfect so my feet don’t hang off the board.
Additionally, I really like the fish/swallow tail which gives it that surfboard look and feel. The deck is about .5” thick, so there’s no flex at all. Unlike a normal longboard, which has a lot more flex depending on the board. There’s no weight limit for the Biscuit since it’s so small. If you’re 200lbs+ it’s going to be a little harder to balance on.
The laminated birchwood deck and thickness make the Biscuit very durable. After riding this thing a bunch, I’ve slammed it into the curb quite a few times (obviously by accident). My heart always drops when I fall and see my board go full speed ahead towards a curb. I automatically assume it’s going to get chipped pretty bad, but that’s not the case with the Biscuit.
So far nothing has significantly chipped on my board, only a few indents. And I’m pretty surprised since I’ve hit the curb quite a few times.
Though the Hamboard Biscuit is one of the favorites that I own, it wouldn’t be an honest review without some critiques. Most of these really aren’t a big deal especially since the things I don’t like are supposed to be in a SurfSkate board. Read more to see what I mean…
I mentioned it briefly above, but this board isn’t something you wanna bomb hills with. It’s not long enough to get a solid stance. I got it up to decent speeds and I can tell if I went any faster, I’d totally eat. I’m sure some of you out there could bomb hills with it, but my point is… it’s not made for that.
So, can I really criticize it if it’s not meant for bombing hills? Nope, not really. This is a cruiser surfskate.
Apart from its stability when gaining speed, it was a board with a learning curve for me. Balancing on it was much different than other longboards I own.
Bottom line, don’t bomb hills with it, and start with your feet positioned above each truck.
Though I really love the look of the fish/swallow tail, it took me a while to get used too.
Here’s what I mean…
On almost any other board that I’ve ridden, I would stop by putting my foot down on the pavement, leaning back, and kicking to the tail. When I first started riding it, this was something I didn’t like, since my mind has been programmed to get the tail to catch the pavement. I fell quite a few times haha.
Tips for Riding
Riding this thing is so fun. But I’ve learned a few things to help you pick it up faster and ride it safer.
1. Feet Positioning
Start with your feet positioned above each truck. This will give you the most stability on the board. Ride it like this for a bit and once you’re more comfortable, adjust your stance so you can do sharper turns.
2. Don’t Bomb
You don’t wanna bomb hills with this thing. Plain and simple, this thing isn’t made for speed. The trucks are too loose and the board is too small to get a solid enough stance. I’m sure some of you out there can do it, but personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.
3. Don’t Tail Kick
Kind of a no-brainer since there’s really no tail, but I’m so used to shifting my weight backward to stop the board. And when I do this, there’s no tail to catch the pavement, resulting in me flying backward. Out of all the falls I had on this board, this was the main cause of it.
I hope you found this Hamboard Biscuit review helpful!