Surfskates have come a long way since they first hit the market.
Lucky for us, the market has flooded with companies trying to capture that feeling of surfing on land.
They’re now better than they’ve ever been, so I wanted to put together a list of the top brands to make your research process easier.
Let’s start with…
I actually came across OBfive from their YouTube ads. And what intrigued me the most was their unique deck designs. They’re based out of Gold Coast, Australia. I really couldn’t find much about who’s behind the company, other than on their Facebook’s about section, which says…
“Australian surf style skate brand!”
Out of all the surfskates on the market, I’ve gotta say that OBfive makes the most aesthetically pleasing designs. One of their boards that I wanted to try out was sold out, so I sent them a message asking them when it’d be back in stock. I got no response.
I wanted to add them to the list since they seem like a serious surfskate company. Though I haven’t been able to test any of their boards yet.
11. Long Island Longboards
Manufacturing a plethora of boards from downhill setups to surfskates, Long Island Longboards prove that there are few rigs they are unable to craft. Though not solely dedicated to the production of surfskates, the quality of their boards cannot be ignored and board riders may find their ideal concrete surfing companion in Long Island Longboard’s store.
Each setup is optimized and ready to go, bringing the feeling of surfing the wave to your feet within a few simple clicks and a short delivery wait. This also minimizes the hassle of understanding the nuances of surfskate setups, allowing you to get right to the board riding more efficiently than ever and making these decks ideal for those eager to give surfskates a go.
Deriving inspiration for their shapes and graphical designs from top wave destinations around the world, Long Island Longboards reflects the real world experience of their designers and manufacturers who have spent years surfing and skating.
10. Slide Surf Skates
Sancheski has been revolutionizing the skating industry for over 80 years and, in partnership with Slide, has rolled out a collection of surf skates designed to bring riders closer to the wave than ever before.
The Spain-based manufacturer continues to showcase their meticulous craftsmanship with the release of each new board, and their catalog is riddled with a myriad of surf skate options to cater to individual needs. Whether you wish to shred the bowl or cruise the flats, there is a deck designed to hone your skills and practice your turns before hopping into the ocean.
Each board is equipped with the visionary Slide Surf Skate .3 truck, a modular truck that can be easily tweaked to match your maneuvers. A simple spin of the spring nut will either tighten or loosen your truck, giving you complete control over your ride. Every inch of Slide Surf Skates, from grip tape to truck, has been considered to optimize your concrete surfing experience.
9. Miller Division
Though it’s been 8 years since the inception of Miller Division, the surf skate company’s roots trace back more than 30 years, and its influence spans over 30 countries across the globe. A group of pro board riders and passionate skating enthusiasts form the core team, and they are collectively committed to manufacturing premium decks at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Miller Division’s collection of boards includes surf skates, longboards, cruisers, and traditional skateboards, giving you as much freedom as possible when choosing your ideal concrete cruising companion. Furthermore, their range is designed with a vibrant look and feel in mind. A variety of board shapes and deck patterns litter their product catalog, crafting an eye-catching aesthetic that is unique to the brand.
Despite coming in at a lower cost than many other long-established surf skate brands, Miller Division doesn’t sacrifice on quality when producing their extensive range of boards.
Curfboard is one of the most innovative companies to break onto the surf skate scene, led by inspired industrial designer and long term skater Stephan Augustin. Conceptual in nature and technical in design, Curfboard teamed up with several engineers and designers to manufacture their ground-breaking front truck which would go on to be selected as a finalist for the ISPO Brand New Award in 2017.
Curfboard has come a long way since its extremely successful Kickstarter campaign and industry awards, now crafting high-end surf skates that are as effective as they are aesthetically pleasing. Offering a minimal range of products, the team at Curfboard has given themselves space to perfect their products’ form and function to bring riders a one-of-a-kind surf skate experience.
Though Curfboard may not be for everyone and their price point is quite steep, the company has manufactured boards that deftly retain skating authenticity while showcasing their unrivaled ingenuity – keeping Curfboard one step ahead of the curve.
7. Penny Skateboards
The origins of Penny Skateboards distinct plastic boards can be traced back to founder Ben Mackay’s early years stripping down, revamping, and hopping on an affordable little plastic deck purchased by his father. His passion for building skateboards would blossom as he spent his adolescent life experimenting with board shapes and set ups alongside manufacturers in his local town.
30 years on and Mackay would revisit the little plastic board he bombed hills on as a child, using it as the inspiration for his groundbreaking professional board company Penny Skateboards. The brand is renowned for their vibrant collection of plastic boards that pop off the shelves of stores across the world, and give skaters a genuinely unique surf-like experience.
The shapes, sizes, and setups vary, giving you the final say in how you wish to ride, whether it be cruising down slopes on a longboard or hitting the lip of your downtown vert on a 22’’.
Based out of Huntington Beach, California, Pete Hamborg, the founder of Hamboards, realized all longboards had the same issue…
“The trucks always seemed too tight, and the boards were way too narrow and short. Longboard skateboards evolved, but still had the same limitations, too narrow and too tight.”
Through trial and error, he began making longboards that replicated the look of surfboards. But there was one main issue… they still didn’t ride like you were surfing.
That was until one of his kids left the board outside overnight and it got runover by the family SUV.
This was the breakthrough for Hamboards. The way the board broke, actually ended up modifying the trucks to turn like an actual surfboard.
They finally found the solution to achieving that rail to rail carving. Fast forward and Hamboards now have a major investment from Robert Herjavac of Shark Tank.
Waterborne is less of a traditional surfskate manufacturer and more of a surfskate pioneer. They’re redefining the production approach that has dominated the surfskate scene.
What are they doing that sets them apart?
Well, they’ve focused their attention on the truck. In fact, they’re not even trucks, they’re adapters, which can be fitted onto any deck.
They offer a range of adapters to match different surfing styles. There’s definitely a learning curve as their truck system is unlike any other and will give your set up an entirely new feel.
Beyond being unique in construction, Waterborne claims their trucks are indestructible, extending their lifespan and saving you money in the process.
For the more experimental surf-skater, Waterborne’s collection of surf adapters may turn your stale rig into a fresh and exhilarating shredding machine.
SwellTech is easily one of the leaders in the surfskate scene. It all started when the founder, Colin Newton couldn’t find a board that actually felt like surfing. Even though companies were claiming it as a surfskate, the reverse kingpin or spring-loaded trucks just didn’t cut it for him. And he was the perfect person to create it since he was a sponsored longboarder back in 2005.
As Colin says on SwellTech’s website…
“One day I found my skateboard in the street run over… by my friend who just got his license. The deck had snapped and one of the trucks had cracked in half.. So, skateboard-less, I decided to take those parts and make my own skateboard, one that had that surfy feeling.”
Colin used those broken skateboard parts and combined it with a door hinge to put together the first prototype.
That accident was the birth of SwellTech’s innovative free-motion skateboard truck. They now have a truck with 10+ years of research to perfectly mimic the turns of surfboarding.
Carver Skateboards was founded in 1996 by Neil Stratton and Greg Falk in Venice Beach, California. Their idea initially started because they wanted a way to replicate surfing on land. So they created their first prototype, which was actually a trampoline surf trainer.
But they knew they could create something better, so Neil sketched up a different type of wheel system for his skateboard. The first system had a trailing wheel and a swing arm.
After many failed attempts they came up with a system where the back truck was stable while the front truck could perform a swivel motion. This was when they found their first bit of success. They even mounted a bungee cord in the middle of the board to hold the front truck from rotating too far.
After years of improving they now have a cutting-edge truck system that feels nearly identical to doing surf turns on land.
If you’re interested to learn more about Carver’s history, check out this YouTube video.
Standing for Your Own Wave, YOW is wholeheartedly committed to recreating the feeling of gliding across the water and bringing it to the concrete jungle with their extensive range of surf skates. Surfboard shapes have inspired their designs and given rise to a catalog tailored to various shredding style requirements, whether it be high performance or power surfing.
The intricately designed decks are complimented by specifically modelled truck systems that reinforce their dream of bringing the wave to your feet, these being their third-generation YOW System V.4 S4 and YOW System V.4 S5. The light, 4mm spring in the V.4 S4 is positioned to help skaters achieve sharp cut-backs and fast carves while the heavier 5mm spring housed in the V.4 S5 provides a more fluid surfing experience.
The great thing about YOW is the ability to customize your setup by mixing and matching their patented truck systems with different meticulously crafted decks, ones that look as good as they ride.
If there’s one thing all of these companies have in common it’s the mission to spread the stoke of surfing. So, at the end of the day, there’s really no company you can go wrong with.
Smoothstar was one of my most recent purchases because I’ve heard so many raving reviews online.
And after riding it, out of all the surfskate boards I own, this replicates the feeling of surfing on land the best. The reason is because of the way their surf adapter is created. They use compression springs versus coil, tension springs, which give a resistance that no other adapter offers.
If you live in the US, they’re a bit difficult to get, however they claim they’re launching a USA distribution center in 2021.