If you have ever thought that your surfing sessions and/or style could benefit from a cross-training regimen, then you more than likely have heard of the original Carveboard. To call this thing a skateboard would be an insult to both boards … so let us get the fact that this is NOT a skateboard out of the way.
Secondly, this board is designed for riding hills or bombing down moderately sized slopes … not flitting around flat streets and sidewalks, or a mode of transport from class to class on campus. Designed to replicate the motion and movement of surfing through a long rolling wave or a powdery snowboard session down your favorite mountain, the Carveboard uses its massive dual axles and over-sized tires to bring surf and snowboard to life on pavement. You will need anywhere from a slight incline to a moderate hill to get the full effect! After all, as in real life, when the waves are head high or the trails are blues or better (not the bunny hills!), that’s when the FUN begins.
This is a lean, mean carving machine! The similarity between the carving on the Carveboard and carving on a surf board is such that you will feel ocean spray in your face. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, BUT you can ride this board in a steady gentle manner, flowing into turns and still having the feel of surf style progress or take it to the limit and find yourself a nice stretch of tarmac and you can go rail to rail as long as your legs will stand it!
Let’s put it this way: it’s not a longboard skateboard designed for a leisurely cruise down the street, nor is it a performance bombing machine designed to scream you down the steepest of paved streets in San Francisco. No. This is a machine built entirely for (wait for it) … CARVING. It simulates the graceful and powerful carves you would do while surfing or snowboarding … period.
WHAT & WHY: So why buy this massive, one-purpose board in the first place? When the waves are small, when your surfing needs a boost of grace and style, or when the snow is nowhere to be found … the Carveboard will fill your need! Even in the deepest of carves and the tightest of turns, the Carveboard replicates carving on land like no other board out there.
It will be surprising for new riders to see how hard you can really push the board and not have it spin out. Imagine large rail to rail carves – tight turns, and fast rail switches. Going from rail to rail on the virtually flat you can tune up your pumping techniques and in those crazy annoying high pressure spots when the surf is flat, you can keep your muscles toned and ready to go when the swell returns by regularly using the Carveboard.
Additionally, the wheels allowed me to adjust the air pressure depending on the hills I was riding or how fast I wanted to go — higher tire pressure results in a faster ride, while lower tire pressure provides more traction for intense carving, and serves to regulate the speed on steeper grades.
The VERDICT: IF you have a surfer in your life, and you want them to feel that same stoke when the waves are good even when the oceans are flat, then the Carveboard will get them as close to the same feeling of carving on their surfboard on flat and waveless days.