THE 5 BEST SURFSKATE OF 2020
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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020
Surfskates are more and more popular and not only among surfers looking for a way to train even on flat days, but also among snowboarders, among skaters looking for something different and among those who had never approached to the SK8 before. And of course, given the growing success of surfskates, there are more and more brands that offer them, and consequently getting oriented in the purchase of the right surfskate is increasingly complicated because Surfskates of different brands have different characteristics and therefore offer different sensations and performances.
But what is a surfskate?
The surfskate is a skateboard with a truck designed to perform a dynamic push (pumping) in a way very similar to what you do in surfing when trying to pick up speed, for example, to overcome a slightly faded section of a wave or when we try to gain the speed necessary for a maneuver.
The front truck is therefore the centerpiece of the surfskate, allowing curves with very narrow angles, rotations, carves etc. Each brand interprets the truck and consequently the resulting movement in a personal way ... then it will be up to you to choose the one that with its movement gives you better sensations for the similarity with surfing, snowboarding or for the feeling it transmits to you.
Here is a rundown of the main surfskate trucks, from the Carver C7 (the first and original surfskate truck) and Carver CX to the other Miller, Smoothstar, Yow and Slide systems.
Before going into our 5 favorite surfskates, the ones we recommend you to buy in 2020, in our opinion the Carver trucks deserve a little parenthesis: the C7 and the CX because they are, willingly or unwillingly, the yardstick for others, those that make us say "This surfskate looks like the CX, while the one looks more like the C7" and if we don't know the differences between these two, it becomes difficult to make comparisons!
In fact, Carver is undoubtedly a leading company in the surfskate sector, as well as being the first to design a truck of this type as far back as 1995. This is why we believe it is important to take a closer look at their system, indeed their systems. . Yes, because today Carver offers two trucks dedicated to surfskating: the C7 and the CX.
The Carver C7 truck is the surfskate truck par excellence, the one from which it all started. The version on sale today is naturally improved and made even more performing. It is a two-axle truck that not only increases the turning radius but allows you to create increasing speed with pumping. The movement of the skate carver that mount the C7 truck is very soft, fluid and progressive. Its movement is now considered one of the most surfstyle and for this reason it is one of the most used trucks in surf training. It is also very popular with longboarders.
The Cx truck is often called hybrid because it combines the characteristics of a surfskate in terms of radius of curvature with greater stability and lightness. This makes the skate carver that mount the CX system more suitable also for speed and some maneuvering in the skatepark. The CX is more suitable for those with a more snappy style, which we could define as a tablet in surfing or come from a "traditional" skate
And here is our little guide to the top models on the market, the 2020 novelties and the most bought and appreciated classics, without forgetting some economic alternative for those who want to try without trying too hard.
1. CARVER Surfskate Resin 31 C7
Choosing a model among the many from Carver is not easy. If you want to get a more precise idea of all the carver surf skate models read here .
Of all here, we were the first to choose one of the most iconic and beloved models, as well as perhaps the best-selling one in the world. The Resin 31 is a board with an intermediate size that fits most riders and lends itself well to any style. Combined with the C7 truck this surfskate is ideal for those looking for a smooth and smooth carving, for those who want to do cruising but do not mind a few sessions in a pool. If you have doubts about which to choose, I suggest you take a look at our surfskate guide first.
Size: 31 "center distance 17
2. CARVER Surfskate Promodel YAGO DORA SKINNY GOAT 30.75 Cx
With a length of 30.75 and a wheelbase of 16.75 in combination with a deck with a very deep concave, the Yago Skinny Goat is a really super responsive and fast surfskate, perfect for those who love powerful and aggressive surfing. This is the ideal surfskate for all aggressive surfers who want to train in cutback, snap, and other tablet maneuvers. Needless to say, such a surfskate is recommended with CX trucks and absolutely with non-concave wheels, otherwise you will not be able to slide.
Size: 30.75 "wheelbase 16.75
3. Slide surfskate Fish 32 Marrajo 2020
The surfskate slides are perhaps the most disruptive novelty of 2020. During 2019 they became increasingly appreciated primarily thanks to the excellent value for money, but also thanks to the feeling that they offer, truly remarkable. This model of surfskate slide has a length that allows a comfortable step. Wide nose to offer a nice support to the front foot and fish tail. The Surfskate Slide Fish Marrajo 32 '' is a lot of fun both for street cruising and for trying out cutback maneuvers. The graduated kicktail allows you to perform very tight turns in can surf radical.
Slide Fish 32 is a stable and very fun board for riders looking for a model that allows you to perform tight curves, but also to improve balance and generate speed.
Size: 31 "center distance 17
4. Surfskate Yow Pipe 32
YOW stands for Your Own Wave and the name already says a lot about these surfskates. The truck mounted on Yow skates is the V3 and is available in 2 versions: S4 or S5. The difference lies in the spring that they mount inside: S4 is good for light riders and children, S5 for riders over 50kg, but not only. S4 is a more mobile truck than the S5 so it is fine if you are more experienced and if you are looking for a more radical feeling from your surfskate. For novice skaters or heavier riders the S5 is much better because the S4 will be too much of a dancer .... Yow Skates offer the possibility to adjust the stance according to your preferences: more responsive and suitable skate for aerials (narrow pitch) or more suitable for wide and fluid carvings (wide pitch). A special feature of the Yow truck is that it can be locked simply with a screw.
The surfskate that we have chosen is the YOW Pipe 32 A simply beautiful model inspired by the classic sparkling Gerry Lopez board. The result is a snappy surfskate, suitable for emulating powerful surf. The graphics, I assure you that it is beautiful from life and despite the deck in color also very resistant.
Size: 32 ″ x 10 ″ x 18.5 ″ WB
Triton is actually an always Carver line but more "low cost". The Triton is an excellent option for those who want a Carver surfskate but do not feel like investing a significant budget. The Triton skate is fitted with Carver's CX truck and is therefore an excellent choice for saving money without sacrificing the characteristics of a truck carver. The Blue Horizon has measures almost identical to the Resin and is therefore a very versatile and suitable for everyone.
The CX Triton is slightly different from the CX Carver and is more snappy and rigid.
Would you like to try a surfskate but aren't you going to spend all this money on it? The economic alternatives are there. The important thing is not to expect to have in your hands a professional skate type Carver & Co spending just over € 50. Better to leave it alone? It depends. If your budget is not high and you cannot find a decent used one and you want to try to get closer to surfskate, starting to have fun every now and then, even the economic alternatives can be fine ... at least to start. Then you will evaluate it yourself.
The Longboard Oxelo Carve 540 is a surfskate proposed by decathlon for just under € 100. In pure decathlon style it is a product with a good value for money. Solid, functional, without too many pretensions but perfect for those who want to try a surfskate on a budget.
The truck resembles the CX, albeit with some differences. Even tightening it, in fact, always remains a little softer and above all it cannot return the same thrust (rebound) in pumping.
Measurements: 32.60 "(83 cm) x 9.76" (24.8 cm).
Surfskate Sport Plus EZY
Many call it the Chinese copy of the most reputable surfskates. The pro is without a doubt the price and also the movement is not bad after all. The cons is the measure because 70cm is only 27.5 inches, so it's a bit short as a surfskate for an adult, but if you want to have a little fun with your child, you can go for a little. Furthermore, the materials are not among the most resistant. In short, without much pretension it can go well as a very first surfskate or for a kid.
Waterborn Surf Adapter
Are you wondering if an old skateboard can give you the same sensations, maybe with some small upgrades? Well the good news is that they have already thought about it and there are adapters on the market that can be mounted on practically any skate, between the board and the truck, to transform a traditional skate into a surfskate. The bad news is that these adapters are not easy to find in Italy, but fortunately they are available for international shipping on Amazon.com