Is the Ripsurf overhyped or is it something that could actually help you with your surfing technique?
That’s what I’ll be covering in this razor ripsurf review.
RipSurf Review Summary
The RipSurf is best if you want something that’s completely different from anything you’ve ever ridden (similar to a ripstik). However, it’s not something you should get if you want to improve your surfing. Maybe it’ll help you with your balance, but it’s not gonna help with your technique.
If you want something that you can use as a surf trainer, you should look into other surfskates like Waterborne adapter, YOW or Smoothstar. The only thing that mimics surfing on the RipSurf is basically the look of it.
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- RipSurf Board
- (1) Sticker Pack
- (1) Additional Wheel
- Instruction Manual & 6-Month Warranty
The pack comes with the RipSurf completed board, an additional wheel, sticker pack, instruction manual, and 6-Month Manufacturers Warranty. The sticker sheet has some funny plays on major surf brands. Plus the wheel is wrapped with a label that's a play on Sex Wax. Pretty clever, I must say!
Now, I’ll be going more in-depth for this RipSurf review.
I’ve owned the original RipStik since the year it came out, but I’ve always wanted to get the RipSurf.
I especially love this concept since some months I can't get to the beach to surf.
And after searching around, I noticed there were quite a few websites ‘reviewing' the RipSurf, without actually owning one. Nothing was really helpful.
So, I bought one off of Amazon.
I've been skating and surfing since I was 10, so I'll give you a solid idea of what it rides like and if it’s actually worth it.
After riding the RipSurf for a few months, here are the main things that I like and dislike about it.
I love the idea of having a traction pad, especially since it makes it feel more like an actual surfboard. It's made of the same material that real traction pads are made of. But the thing I like most about it is the feeling of it under my feet.
It’s hard to describe, but I personally like to ride it barefoot to make it as close as possible to surfing. And the feeling of the traction pad while pumping, just feels so right. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the RipSurf.
The dotted grip is a nice addition that they carried over from their original RipStik. It’s enough where it actually helps you grip to the board, but not too aggressive. I think it’s a nice alternative to having real grip tape.
When I first got the hang of a RipStik years ago, I got the same feeling of skating or surfing for the first time. It's something that feels completely different. From the traction pad to the way it rides, the overall feel of the RipSurf is awesome.
Although the RipSurf is one of my favorite boards to ride, there are quite a few things I dislike. If they would focus on improving these issues, I really think they could appeal to a wider market.
If you compare it to a RipStik, the distance between both wheels is a bit narrower on the RipSurf. So when I went from the RipStik to RipSurf, I was often going too forward on the board and nose-diving. I do wish they made another size board. It’s not a dealbreaker, but just something you’ll have to get adjusted too. If you’ve ridden a RipStik before, you’ll notice a difference. I had my friend ride it and this was his biggest complaint as well.
I've always liked the way black surfboards look. Although my dad always reminds me “You look more like a seal for sharks!” It’s a personal preference, but I really wish they had the board in black or really any dark color. Plus it wouldn't show as much usage. Though the white looks more like a surfboard, it shows pavement scuffs way more.
It's a solid build, but I do feel like it could be offered at a cheaper price point. I get they have to maximize their margins, but at the end of the day, the board is made of plastic from China. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it was made for $10. But then again, I totally understand that shipping these things from China isn't cheap. So maybe, 70-90 bucks for the amount of fun you'll have really isn't too bad.
Gets Dirty Easily
I briefly mentioned it in the ‘color options’ section, but since the RipSurf board is all white, it gets dirty easily. Within the first hour, my board already had several scuffs on it from the pavement. The top of the board got pretty dirty as well from my shoes. This really is a minor thing and probably me being too crazy, but just another reason to offer a darker color board.
RipSurf vs RipStik
Go with the RipSurf if you want something more similar to surfing. The feeling of the traction pad under your foot, while you pump, feels awesome.
But if you want something where you can generate more speed and sharper turns, the RipStik is for you. I’m not gonna lie though, the RipSurf looks a lot cooler than the RipStik. You can read more about the differences at the bottom of this article.
Since the RipStik and RipSurf are both very similar, I want to briefly go over the 3 main differences I noticed.
The first and most noticeable difference is the maneuverability between the two. The RipStik has two pads that are connected by a metal rotation bar, making it much easier to do sharper turns. It also feels just more flexible. Since the RipSurf is one piece, the flexibility is limited.
Comparing the two side by side, the RipStik is a little longer from wheel to wheel, allowing for a wider stance. It feels more natural than the RipSurf, which has a narrower stance. If you put your foot too far up on the nose of the RipSurf, the board ends up tipping forward. I personally tipped forward a bunch of times, but that’s part of every boardsport… there's a learning curve. You just need to learn where your foot placement is best.
The quality between the two is pretty different. The RipStik seems to be made out of higher quality metal parts, whereas the RipSurf board is mostly made of plastic. The caster wheels are basically identical. If you pick up both at the same time you can easily tell the difference. The RipSurf is lighter.
Tips for riding the RipSurf
If you’ve never ridden a RipStik before, then the RipSurf is going to have a learning curve. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been skating or surfing for 10+ years, it’s just different. It’s like learning to ride a bike for the first time. You just have to practice. Here are some tips that helped me pick it up faster.
1. Hold onto something
Hold onto a wall, chair, railing, or friend to help you get onto the board. This will give you a solid feel for the board before actually riding it. Once you get better you can start by hopping right onto it, but don’t expect to do it at first.
2. Smooth Surfaces
Ride it on a smooth surface… something that’s newly paved is ideal. It’s not like a normal skateboard where you can ride over cracks easily. You’ll feel everything much more since the wheels are thin. They're not like traditional skateboard/longboard wheels. So, bottom line, the smoother, the better.
3. Speed is your friend
The more speed you have, the more stable you’ll be. It’s pretty similar to a bike in the sense that if you go slower, it’s harder to balance. I was able to pick it up quickly because I started on a slight decline in my driveway. This way you don’t have to pump right away to gain speed.
Thanks for reading my RipSurf review!