Surfskates have been taking the surf world by storm. Marketed as a way to get your flow on during the flat days, improve your surfing with similar-movement repetition and training, or just have fun cruising around the neighborhood, I’ve been riding surfskates for the past few years for all of the above reasons, and would strongly recommend them to any surfer. I would also (more gently) recommend them to any non-surfer for how much sheer fun they can be. I always have a surfskate in my car for when I find myself with a few minutes and an open parking lot, or (as is often the case in San Francisco) when I’m forced to park far away and walk to my destination. My favorite use for them is in downhill runs. Instead of a bombing straightline, a surfskate lets you take a much more controlled descent full of deep, powerful carves and tail slides.
As for the boards in this review, I’m happy to say that I’ve had the chance to get my hands on each and every one, and put in some time getting to know the different truck technologies. While I did receive some test units from various manufacturers, this is in no way a paid review. My purpose will be to describe the differences I’ve experienced while riding these boards, to help you choose the best surfskate for you depending on your desired riding style, environment, and experience. Here we go.