Surf Skate: How to Choose The Right Surfskate Skate Board

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Surf Skate: How to Choose The Right Surfskate Skate Board

The surfskate world is growing really fast, attracting more and more fans. The inevitable result is that the market until recently dominated exclusively by Carver is increasingly rich in proposals from different brands that offer an incredible variety of models, including a beginner often struggling to find their way around.

If you are not a skater it is easy to feel confused and choose a skate just because the graphics attract you. So here is a small guide in which we have put together everything that is important to know before buying a surfskate ... to avoid making a mistake in your purchase and finding yourself too technical under your feet if you are a beginner or too distant from your style surfing or, worse, the wrong size.

1. What is a Surfskate?

A Surfskate is a skateboard born to surf the street! Yes ok, the link between surf and skate has always been very close but here we are talking about a special front track that allows the board to move on the wheels in a very similar way to how a surfboard moves in the water. Surf skate tracks allow very tight turns and typical surfing manoeuvres. 

A surfskate can be pumped along the way, i.e. it is possible to increase speed without having to set foot on the ground. No descents needed: with a surfskate you can go on the plains and even on light climbs. This is not possible with traditional longboards. In addition, a surfskate can easily turn even in the tightest corners or slalom around obstacles on your path. Just shift your weight a little. 

2. Why is surfskate a good surf workout?

If you surf, you know that during a surf session most of the time you spend rowing or waiting for the wave. In a good session, 70% of the time rowing and only 30% stand on the board. A wave in general allows you to remain standing for a few seconds before running out ... surely surfers travel the world in search of long and perfect waves! When you catch a wave everything is very fast and often the problem is that you cannot try the movements enough to turn them into automatisms.

The surf skate skate board allows you to try all the top turns and bottom turns you want, allows you to pump to increase the speed just like you would to pass the wave session, and allows you to do it as long as you want. 

All those who try it recognise the benefits, whether they are beginners who need to improve their balance, or they are experts who would like to be more radical.

3. Is a surf skate only for surfers?

Absolutely not. As already mentioned, many surfers use it regularly to improve their surf, but many skaters also choose it to have fun trying a different specialty, even if they have no intention of going surfing. The beauty is that unlike surfing, where learning is often a slow and difficult path, with surfskate it is possible to enjoy yourself right away because the movements are more intuitive and easier to learn. 

If you can't wait for the next surf trip, if you want to improve your surfing skills or if you are looking for a super fun cruiser, a skate is the right choice for you!

4. What is the difference between Surfskates and Longboards?

The surfskate has a different front track which allows a very different ride compared to traditional longboards! The movements on surfskates are very similar to surfing and therefore differ from both longboard and skateboard.

The basic movement of the surfskate, pumping, is very different, more tiring and complicated with other types of skate. In addition, the tracks of the surfskates turn much narrower and are more agile.

On the other hand, a surfskate is not made for the jumps and stunts that can normally be done with a skate. This is because surfskates are much heavier and because they are not designed for repeated violent landings. Also, landing on a board that swings under your weight is not that easy.

Another thing that surfskates are not suitable for is speed. If your idea is to go down roads, travel long distances, do speed races, then a longboard is better

5. Are all Surfskates the same?

Obviously not, but you already know this. The problem is precisely to understand what the differences can be between one brand and another and even between one model and another. To guide you and explain the differences, we decided to compare Carver with the other more common Surfskate models. Not because Carver is the best, but simply because he is the best known and therefore it is logical to make comparisons with his models.

6. Differences between the most used Surfskate systems

Carver was the first and is still considered the reference in surfskate. When we talk about Carver, however, we are talking about 2 rather different tracks with different characteristics: the CX and the C7.

The Carver C7 system is considered the most surfstyle system. Its tilting movement is rather soft and allows you to easily make tight turns and to pump to accelerate. In principle we could say that the C7 is simpler for those who have no skateboard experience but come for example from surfing. But this is also its limit because it is not suitable for speed and park.

The Carver CX system is a more multipurpose and lighter system, suitable for all those who would like to use a surfskate also as a longboard and maybe even do some manoeuvres in the park. This is because it is more rigid and its swinging movement is less pronounced. So turn less? No. The angle of rotation at the end is practically the same, but it is more difficult to make curves with such a narrow radius with a CX system. On the other hand, he keeps his speed better and also performs well in jumps. This is why the CX is generally considered to be more advanced skaters.

7. Choose the surfskate based on your level and style

Surfskate beginner

If you have no experience with longboards, skateboards or surfskates, you don't have to worry. It is possible to start and have fun even from scratch and at any age. 

With a little practice you will learn how to pump and sculpt your curves with a surfskate fast enough. After the first few sessions, you will make significant progress and learn quickly, don't worry !.

As a beginner you feel more comfortable on a stable board. Therefore, we recommend a longer and wider board with a larger wheelbase. It is very important to wear a helmet, hand protection and knee pads.

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Advanced riders

Do you already have surfskate or surf experience, or are you already using a longboard or a skateboard and would like to try something new. In no time you will master any surfskate board!

Which surfskate best suits surf training?

For surf training we recommend YOW Surf or Carver with C7 system. YOW systems have the strongest movement among all surfskate systems. With the YOW boards you can make tighter turns and more radical surfing maneuvers than other systems.

Surfskate allround for carvate surfstyle and fun in the city

If in addition to surfing, you want to travel longer distances or just have fun in the city, we recommend a Carver skateboard, preferably a CX .

Now that you may have a little clearer ideas, take a look at our surfskates to choose your surfskate ... but if you still have doubts ask us for advice: we are happy to help you choose! Contact Us HERE [Skateboard Shop Devon]

Is Surf skate also for children?

Skate in general is undoubtedly a nice fun toy for any child or boy and the surfskate is no different, on the contrary. The advantage of a surfskate over a traditional skate is first and foremost the measure. A larger skate offers more stability to children and young people who approach it the first time. Learning pumping does not require descents or ramps: just a square to have fun. 
Of course the surfskate is also an exceptional surf training for them: the children learn the takeoff with a disarming speed on a surfskate, and of course they improve the position, the technique and the balance.

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