Best Surf Skate

Today’s article is on the best surf skates in the market.

I go over a few options and describe to you which are best for beginners and people getting into it. Check it out below.

Best Surf Skate

FLOW Swell Surf Skate

The FLOW Surf Skate Swell 32 is a pretty all-around great option. It isn’t too expensive and comes with quality components.

It’s the best choice on my list.

The Swell comes in at 32 inches in length and 10inches in width. It has 69mm wheels and has a deck made of 7plys of maple with a kicktail at the rear.

It has a slightly longer wheelbase than you’d find on standard mini-cruisers at 19inch WB. This puts the trucks directly under your feet giving you better leverage and control over the board.

The Swell has a torsion truck upfront and a normal TKP truck in the rear.

The torsion truck in front uses a spring system, where the resistance is controlled by how tight the spring is – you can adjust the tightness of the spring to have a tighter or looser feel to the ride.

This system is unique and doesn’t work the same way an RKP truck or TKP would.

It allows for even deeper, and quicker turns than normal trucks would allow.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Swell here on amazon.com.

Penny Australia, 29 Inch Ocean Mist High-Line Surfskate

Not too affordable, not too expensive, the Penny surf skate is a decent option. It doesn’t use a true surf skate truck as the other options do, but it makes it work.

Coming in at 29inches in length and 10inches in length, the Penny comes with its world-famous waterproof plastic deck.

As with all Pennys, the deck has a waffle pattern on top to give you the grip you need when you ride it, and because it has no rough griptape, you can also ride it comfortably barefoot – but I advise you don’t do that tbh.

Components wise, the Penny has normal TKP trucks but features a surf adapter on the front truck. This allows the front truck to articulate deeper than it usually would, allowing you to take very tight turns as you would on any other surf skate.

It also comes with a shorter wheelbase (14inches) allowing for tiger turns.

The Penny is a solid option, I think its greatest strength is that you can ride it barefoot.

User Reviews:

Check it here on Amazon.com.

Z-Flex Bamboo Surfskate

Another surf skate with a surf adapter, the Z-Flex bamboo is one of the more expensive options on my list. But is it worth the money?

Coming in at 31inches in length and 7.875inches in width. It’s made with 7plys of maple. It features a functional kicktail, that has an attractive tail cutout in the shape of a swallowtail. If you do use the kicktail (doing ollies and slamming it down), expect the swallowtail to wear away.

In terms of components, the Z-flex has 63mm tall wheels and TKP trucks. It does feature a Waterborne surf adapter on the front truck to give you those quick deep turns.

For the price, I feel like you’re not getting the best deal. It goes for about $200 whereas other options cost about $30.

The Z-flex doesn’t have anything special so I feel that price isn’t justified.

User Reviews:

Check it out for yourself here on Amazon.com.

Razor RipStik Ripsurf


The most affordable and unique surf skate on my list, the RipStik is certainly different. Whilst other surf skates have 4 wheels, this one gets the job done with only 2.

The RipStik comes in at 32.2 inches in length and 10.7inches in width – the standard length for most of these surf skates.

What’s unique about it is that it uses two wheels instead of four – something common among Ripstiks.

It has the same 360degree turning caster wheels that you get on a normal Ripstik, but unlike the normal Ripstik, this deck flexes and turns closer to where your back foot goes, and this aids in getting the front to turn more.

Whilst it is cheap and affordable, it does have quite a steep learning curve.

It’s also not the most relaxing of rides as you have to actively work it to keep it steady.

It’s not a great option for people looking to ride for long periods (+10 minutes). The Ripstik simply won’t be a great fit for all.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

How to Pick the Best Surf Skate

What is a surf skate exactly?

A surf skate is a type of cruiserboard that has been fitted with a really turny front truck and a stable back truck to help simulate the feel of surfing on land.

The turny front truck allows you to take very tight turns and dive into them, the way you would on a wave.

Is a surf skate exactly like surfing a wave?

No quite, but close. You can do a lot of the same things, like pumping to gain speed as you would on a surf board, and take really tight turns.

It’s very fun, but it’s not the real thing at the end of the day. It’s just something fun to do when there’s no surf.

Finally, if you do fall, the pavement isn’t as forgiving as the water.

The above said, surfers and skaters looking for a new way to enjoy skateboarding would absolutely enjoy using them.

How do they work? Why is it different from a longboards?

Longboards use the same trucks front and back. Surf skates use different trucks front and back.

Surf skates usually use a very turn front truck. And the type of front truck used is different across different brands.

Some of trucks have a spring loaded front truck that allows you to turn very deeply, others use a high-angle RKP truck with very tall bushings.

You’ll find a lot of diversity in the trucks different brands use.

The rear truck is typically a TKP truck, which doesn’t turn very quickly.

It does a good job of following the front truck, allowing you to take tight turns without the back suddenly slipping out because of lack of grip.

How much should you expect to pay for one?

You should expect to pay upwards of $150 for one. You can get some for less, but those are the low-tier options. They usually don’t feel the best underfoot.

The higher quality ones are more expensive, but they turn smother and react to your input better.

They offer a better overall experience and tend to last longer too. If you have the money, they are worth getting. Buy once or buy twice.

Can you just use an adapter?

If you already have a cruiser board, you can simply use an adapter to convert it into a surf skate.

The adapters typically go on your front truck and allow it to turn a lot more, giving you the quick turn that you need for that surf-like feel.

Check out the Waterborne skateboard adapter here on Amazon.com.

However, this doesn’t mean your cruiser will automatically become a great surf skate.

Most surf skates are designed from the ground up, and their components are adjusted to give them the right feel. An adapter will make your cruiser more turny, but it won’t necessarily perform as well as a proper surf skate would.

But they are a great option if money is tight and if you’re on a budget.

Which surf skate is best for you?

Surf skates are a fun way to enjoy skateboarding. They’re very playful boards and would put a smile on any riders face.

If you’re still on the fence the Flow Swell is a great all-around option for a beginner.

Longboard Types

Types of Longboards

Longboards come in many shapes and forms. They can be accelerated to insane speeds, show the most effective tricks and can let you experience unrealistically cool sensations.

Here, the most important thing is to choose the right board, deciding which is more important to you – speed or manoeuvrability.

Every experienced rider at first glance will understand what a board is capable of, and our advice will help you understand all the other nuances of the choice.

The Best Manufacturers of Longboards – Which Company to Choose

If you are looking for a longboard as a gift for a friend and do not want to study longboards in-depth, just choose a model that bears the name of a famous company. You do not need to go into the nuances of design and deal with the quality of materials – the long life and good performance of the board will be guaranteed if you chose a good manufacturer.

 

The best companies that produce longboards are, in our opinion:

Rayne; Yocaher products; Madrid; Beetle; Oxelo; Sector.

The class models of the “long skates” of these manufacturers are presented in our rating. You can simply choose one of them or set a goal and find the perfect tip by following the tips given below.

 

 

Types of long boards

Cruiser Models

Among the various types of longboards, these are some of the most comfortable and stable. The decks are of medium hardness, have the shape of an elongated oval and their length can be from 70 to 130 cm.

 

The wheels are often installed soft, with a diameter of up to 76 mm, which allows you to easily overcome small bumps in the asphalt. They, in turn, are equipped with bearings type ABEC 7 – reliable and mobile, which help to develop high speeds.

 

The models of about 70 cm are more suitable for lovers of tricks and carving, and the long and wide boards will perfectly cope with the role of cruise ships.

 

Pros:

  • Great manoeuvrability for their size;
  • Suitable for commuting long distances;
  • You can develop a speed of up to 100 km / h;
  • Abbreviated models are good for doing different tricks;
  • The wide and soft wheels are suitable for a soft ride on uneven asphalt.

Cons:

  • Quite generic;
  • There are difficulties in performing tricks, as even the shortest model exceeds the size of a standard skate.

 

 

Slalom models

slalom skate

 

These longboards are designed for tricks and manoeuvres. The length of the deck here does not exceed 60-70 cm, the front is significantly narrower.

 

The wheels are of low or medium hardness, 69-72 mm in diameter, on the slalom boards. As a rule, they come with straight edges as to not allow the board to drift for a long time.

 

 

Pros:

  • Excellent manoeuvrability;
  • Ability to perform tricks;
  • You can Develop a high enough speed;
  • You can spread the board without pushing your feet, ie. pumping.

Cons:

  • They are not designed for long rides and descents;
  • Less stable than other models.

 

 

Descent models

 

The characteristic features of these longboards are the long and hard decks (about 1 m) and the strong routes. The board is designed for high-speed descents so its design excludes the “twisting” of the board.It has a good thickness of 9-11 layers of wood and a hard indentation.

 

The wheels here have a diameter of 70-75 mm, the width of the tracks corresponds to the dimensions of the deck and for reliability, they are screwed with bolts that are sewn through the board.

 

Pros:

  • Allows acceleration up to 140 km / h;
  • Stable on the track;
  • Strong and reliable;
  • Always equipped with good ABEC 7 bearings.

Cons:

 

  • Due to the low manoeuvrability, it is difficult to turn around the corners;
  • Not suitable for tricks.

 

Sliding models

 

These models of longboards are designed for a disciplined riders, with an abundance of technical turns and slides – slides (hence the name). The length of such boards starts from 90 cm, the platforms themselves are characterised by hardness and a fairly large thickness, reaching 1.3 cm.

 

The wheels of the sliders are small and solid, with mandatory bearings ABEC 7, the tracks match the size of the board. Such longs have a symmetrical shape, so that during the descent it is possible to “deviate” in any direction and rotate in motion.

 

Pros:

  • Easy to reach speeds up to 100 km / h;
  • You can place the board in a controlled deviation;
  • Safe and stable enough;
  • They are characterised by good manoeuvrability;
  • Robust and durable.

 

Cons:

  • They take up a lot of space;
  • Narrow “specialisation” of boards.

 

Surf style boards

 

Surf Style Longboard

 

These longboards can not be mistaken for  anything else, as they reach a length of 1, 5-3 meters and are aimed at surfers.

On such boards during the trip you can walk, sit, lie down or ride in pairs. The deck here is always very hard, up to 2 cm thick, the diameter of the wheels reaches 100-120 mm. Tracks must also be strong, reliable and the same size as the board.

 

Pros:

  • Unrealistically stable and reliable;
  • During skating, you can move on the board, sit and even lie down;
  • Great for long distances;
  • Great for practicing surfing.

 

Cons:

  • Huge size and weight;
  • Minimal manoeuvrability;
  • They require good surfaces.

  

 

Dancing Longboard Models

 

Such boards are designed to perform various dance tricks. The length of the deck varies from 80 to 150 cm, the width is about 8-10 cm. The board is quite elastic and thin (not more than 1 cm), which makes it slightly more mobile in the middle when riding.

The wheels are set to a medium diameter (70-75 mm) with minimal stiffness. And since the high speed of dancing is not important, there is an opportunity to save on camps – “dancing” longboard is enough three or five.

 

Pros:

  • A variety of tricks that can be performed on such a board;
  • Very good stability;
  • Excellent manoeuvrability (adjusted for the length of the deck), and if the board itself is well handled by the owner;
  • Really unique appearance.

 

Cons:

  • Problems with long distances;
  • Short-lived.

 

Mini Cruiser (Padding)

 

Mini Cruiser Longboard

 

Strictly speaking, these longboards are really small, with a deck of only 57 cm – they are considered the younger brothers of more traditional longboards. But the urban youth like the bright models of this longboard because they can travel for hours in the city and, if necessary, it is easy to put them in a bag or attach them to a backpack.

On the other hand, the growing popularity of these plastic deck boards is forcing manufacturers to seriously expand the range of sizes of mini cruisers. Now their length can reach 115 cm, which automatically makes this board jump into another category.

 

These models always come with a curved tail, a wide range of trains, and small (up to 70 mm) wheels made of PU with medium hardness, which makes it comfortable to ride even on bad asphalt.

 

Pros:

  • Light and easy to carry;
  • Wheels and a plastic deck dampen vibrations and “absorb” road roughness;
  • Bright, recognisable design;
  • Suitable for both cruises and simple tricks;
  • Good manoeuvrability;
  • Relatively affordable price.

Cons:

  • Classic mini cruisers (22 “) are not stable enough;
  • Plastbordy has restrictions on the weight of the rider.
Sector 9 Mason Ho Pro Signature Series skateboard complete 2018

Sector 9 Island Mason Pro Signature Cruiser Skateboard

Sector 9 Skateboards released another skateboard in their 2018 Signature Series; the Sector 9 Island Mason Pro complete developed together with an American surfer Mason Ho.

Sector 9 Island Mason Ho Pro Signature Series Skateboard

Whether charging your local ditch, cruising the boardwalk, or having a session at your local skatepark, the Mason Pro should be a ‘go-to’ for anyone looking for a good time! ~ from Sector 9 Skateboards

Sector 9 Island Mason Pro cruiser skateboard

The Sector 9 Island Mason Pro comes with a 7 ply maple deck,  it is 31” long, 8.25” wide and has a wheelbase of 14.25”. With a double kick and a top-mount truck mounting, it’s available as a complete skateboard with quality components; 8.5” Gullwing Shadow trucks, 61 mm 78A Nine Balls wheels, grip tape, and all the necessary hardware.

Sector 9 Island Mason Ho Pro Signature Series skateboard complete 2018

The complete Sector 9 Island Mason Pro skateboard is best suitable for parks, cruising and as a commuter to take you where you need to go without having to fight traffic.

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In case you missed it, also check out the Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard that Sector 9 built with a pro surfer Tia Blanco.

Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro Signature Series Cruiser Skateboard

This is the first time Sector 9 ever worked with a female rider to develop a specific board, and Tia took her time in order to ensure the final product not only reflected her tastes but also ended up being a highly functional skateboard. Small, easy-to-ride, lightweight and comfortable to travel with, the Tia Pro is a great choice for skaters of all abilities.

Sector 9 LOTUS TIA PRO Skateboard

The Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard deck is best used for cruising, commuting and carving riding style but don’t let that hold you back from getting creative with it.

It features a 7 ply maple construction and a top mount platform with double kick. The deck is 30.5″ long and 8.0″ wide and has 14.25″ wheelbase.

Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro Signature Series Skateboard Deck

Available as a complete skateboard, the Lotus Tia Pro comes packed with 8″ Gullwing Mission trucks, 58mm 78a Nine Balls cruising wheels, ABEC 5 Greaseball bearings, 0.25″ recycled plastic risers to avoid wheel bite. The complete comes pre-gripped with ERG grip tape with a Sector 9 logo.