Freedom is one of the most sought after human reasons and there are some sports that bring you closer to that feeling. This is the case of surfing, which puts us in direct contact with the sea and nature or in the absence of the sea, surfskate, its street version.
Both sports require a lot of training and technique. In fact, one of the best ways to do it is by repeating the movement patterns, in order to integrate them little by little in our head.
In today's post we are going to talk to you about this sport that was born as a support to surfing, but that little by little becomes its complement. The Surfskate Don't miss it!
1. WHAT IS SURFSKATE: ITS TRUE MEANING AND BEGINNINGS
To talk about surfskate we first have to talk about surfing. Surfing in Spain is relatively "new" (from a few decades ago) and has been gaining more weight in recent years. Their practice has been greatly democratized, the barriers of sex have been broken and the existence of surf schools has proliferated to an enormous extent. Surfing is experiencing a boom on such a scale that traveling in search of the perfect wave has become commonplace and surnames Slater y MacNamara they are more and more common in sports conversations. Accompanying this exceptional practice, which limits us to living near the ocean, the need to simulate the movements we perform when surfing was born, and to feel what we feel when we ride the waves and enjoy the adrenaline rush. This need is already covered and has a name: Surfskate.
But what exactly is a Surfskate? It is a skate that allows you to get practically the same sensations as surfing thanks to a special shaft. This tool is very useful for training dry surf movements, because sometimes on water it is difficult to perfect the technique. The first chinks of surfskate appear when two Californian surfers and snowboarders, David Colley and Brad Gerlach, missed practicing their movements on the board during the days without waves. However, it was in 1996 when surfskate went from being a vague idea to a fact thanks to Neil Carver and Greg Falk in Venice (California), with the invention of a revolutionary axis and its subsequent patent, thus founding the most recognized brand today. today in the world of surfskate: Carverskateboards.
2. THIS IS THE STRUCTURE OF A SURFSKATE! PART BY PART
Surfing and surfing are once again infinitely connected; The board, also known as a board or deck, the main part of the surfskate to which axles and wheels are attached, is similar to the surfboard, and like in this one, the front part is called Nose and the rear, tail. This board is used because it is not necessary to push with the foot to move or generate speed. In general, they are boards of between 6 and 7 sheets of robust wood, with little flex and with very little chance of breakage. In a traditional skate so much el tail as he nose They are a bit higher, however, in surfskate the tail is usually raised, although it does not have to be either.
It is the axes that make the difference and bring us closer to that feeling of flying over sea water or spinning on its walls. The front axle has a system that allows you to turn twice as much as a conventional axle thanks to springs, a different angle and a series of specific rubbers. The front axle allows us to perform movements very similar to surfing. The turning dynamics of the surfskate axis allows short and maneuverable turns as if it were a surfboard on the waves, and getting you to reproduce the movements of surfing, even if you have not touched a board in your life.
The rear axle is a conventional axle, you can rescue it from your traditional skateboard or acquire it without problem in any sports store.
Curiously, this distance is known by the name wheel, although its use has little or nothing to do with this name. It is vitally important to know the wheelbase of the board and its length, making a good choice of surfskate is easy if you know the ins and outs of these two factors thoroughly.
Those that are in charge, logically, of helping us to move forward, to grind, to skid. They are usually medium and very soft. In this way you can make turns that simulate surfing but do not allow an unplanned drift.
Located in the upper part of the board, it has the purpose of making traction between the rider and the ground.
Skateboard or Surfskate bearings are a pair of metal rings with 6, 7 or 8 balls inside, protected by two thin discs. They are usually made of aluminum. Every skate has 8 bearings, 2 per wheel.
3. THE AXES OF YOUR SURFSKATE: AN ESSENTIAL PART TO GET AROUND
Each brand has its own patented surfskate axle with different turning systems that differentiate them from classic longboards. Most of these axes are adjustable in hardness for different uses or weights and to be able to practice, perfect and make your surfing more technical on days without waves or in cities where there are no waves. However, the brand of axles, and of all surfskate equipment in general, is Carver par excellence, which is why many times, when talking about axles or wheels, this brand is used. The big difference between a surfskate and any other type of skate is in the axles. The axes of a surfskate are capable of rotating much more than normal both horizontally and verticalmind. There are several types of axle, each one covers specific technical needs; We will talk to you below about the most demanded:
Carver C7 front axle: It is the axis of surfskate that offers the smoothest turn and the fastest pump. Its appearance differs greatly from the traditional long or skate axle, it has an oscillating extended arm system that joins the central axle and an adjustment nut that can be altered to give more or less rigidity to the axles, thus causing a greater turn. or less twist. The C7 generates a smooth, loose and flowing ride, which resembles surfing the waves with a large surfboard type longboard or a table single fin single keel, ideal for line drawing and style work.
Carver's CX Axle: This carver axle offers an appearance that is almost the same as a traditional axle, although it performs all the functions of the C7. The CX does not have an internal spring, it is designed to go faster, For those riders who seek maximum speed and response. It is a more energetic and extreme axle, which gives the possibility of making quick turns and cuts, and more abrupt maneuvers.
You get a feel similar to riding a three-fin thruster surfboard.
4. THE WHEELS: ANOTHER KEY DIFFERENCE
As for the wheels, they are defined by different sizes and different hardness. The size is defined in millimeters. Larger wheels offer more stability and are faster, and being larger, they are also softer. The larger wheels are perfect for practicing fear of skid movements and for long rides. Smaller, harder wheels are better for skatepark use and jumping jacks. The wheel durometer measures its hardness, which is classified by the letter A and is a reference for the wheel's resistance to abrasion or penetration by sharp objects. The higher the number, the harder the wheel has.
There are several types of wheel depending on the needs and style of the surfskaters:
5. THINGS YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND TO CHOOSE YOUR SURFSKATE
Choosing the right table is not a very difficult task if you know how to answer these questions:
These parameters are related to the pressure we exert on the edges of the table and the stance (separation of the feet on the table). It is more important to pay attention to your height, the taller you are, you will need longer boards to reduce instability, but keep in mind that the smaller the board, the more turns it will make and the tighter they will be similar to a surf table.
If you are already a fan of skateboarding or surfing, you can opt for a wide range of surfskates. You can choose a smaller board that corresponds to your height to make it more explosive and dynamic with tighter turns. Every surfboard you have at home will have a surfskate with a similar behavior for the asphalt. If, on the other hand, you want to start in the world of surfskate, you should opt for larger boards, which will allow you to make wide and controlled turns and will offer you more stability.
Finally, your surfing style determines the type of board and axles that you are going to use: If you like to go around the city, you can opt for the C7 axis that we mentioned before and that is similar to surfing a single fin on the water. This shaft is also recommended if you use in the water longboards. If you prefer fast and radical maneuvers, then axles like the CX may suit you. Think about your style on the water; if you like thruster high performance, twin fin short with volume for small waves, or if you prefer a board to use in the skatepark. There are endless options, and before choosing your surfskate, think about which one you will get the most out of based on your style and technique.
Also take into account where you are going to use your surfskate, if you want it to practice surfing in a bowl, if you are going to go down the street or if you are going to get into the skatepark. Think about the type of ground and the terrain where you are going to move. If you have already practiced skate or long, and want to do short trips, you can opt for small boards. If you want to do long rides and enjoy the road, long boards with a prominent wheelbase and large wheels are best.
6. A LITTLE HISTORY… THE ORIGIN OF SURFSKATE: CARVER SURSFASKATE
As we mentioned before, Carver has been the first, the most and the best known worldwide in the design and distribution of surfskates.
It has become more than just a brand for this sport because, historically speaking, it became a pioneer and an essential part of its birth.
The brand has been in the market for more than 20 years and has established itself as a leader in the sector and in general, skaters trust it when choosing axles, wheels and their boards.
It is the quintessential brand that builds asphalt surfboards; They allow you to surf the streets, sidewalks, bowls ... as if you were in the water, on a wave that never ends.
Carver sponsors great professionals Taylor Knox, Yago Dora, Courtney Conlogue, JM Cabrera or Axi Muniain.
7. THE BEST SURFSKATES YOU CAN CHOOSE
What are some of the best surfskates?
In addition to Carver, there are several brands of surfskates that are gaining a lot of notoriety in recent years and that offer a quality similar to the leading brand on the market. These are some of the most purchased and recommended, you choose!
smoothstar: This Australian brand has positioned itself as one of the best on the market. His team has created a system so that the board adapts to the height, weight and surf style of the rider. Skates are designed by and for surfers. Among its ambassadors is Filipe
Toledo: Smoothstar offers a very sensitive axle, with a spring included, also adjustable depending on the rider. We are facing a very technical and specific surfskate managing to simulate that we are on the wall of a wave. It is a board for surfers who are looking for an extra twist and sensitivity in a small space, allowing training in a small enclosure. The best known models of this brand are those of Filipe Toledo (HOLY Y 77) and that of Johanne Defay.
Yow:Based in the Basque Country, this brand has been in the market for more than 15 years and has become a benchmark in the world of longboarding and skateboarding. Its boards are made of wood Mapple and they have a sensitive and controllable axis. The brand has two types of shaft hardness. Yow offers a surfskate made in Spain, fast and capable of competing with the big brands on the market. The most renowned ambassador of the YOW surf skate team is surfer Aritz Aramburu.
SwellTech Surfskate: It is a young American brand with Jamie O'Brien as the main brand ambassador. SwellTech offers an ideal product to improve technique and very sensory, it is one of the brands that transmits the most surfing sensation. It offers an axis that allows a 360º rotation. The brand's skate is closer to a surf technician than a traditional axis.
Surf Skate Miller: This Cantabrian brand, located between the snowy mountains and the first surf reserves in Spain, has been developing skates for years. They have very aesthetic and modern designs inspired by the waves we surf, the snow we descend through, the music we listen to and the beach or urban culture we breathe, which burst onto the surfskate scene. Its lXRKP Surf Truck axle simulates the operation of CX axles (Carver Skateboards). Today, they are in more than 30 countries, including most of Europe, Japan, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, among others.
8. MADRID: CITY OF THE SURFSKATE
The Spanish capital has a large number of skateparks. A wide range of options that are spread throughout the city to the delight of skaters and surfskate fans. Here are some skateparks that you may not know yet:
9. AND BCN DOES NOT GET BEHIND!
In Barcelona there are several skateparks that refer to the origins of skateboarding in surfing and the movements that surfers sought to emulate on the asphalt with their boards:
Arenys de Munt: It is the first skatepark in Spain, it was built in 1979 and was unearthed not long ago by a group of skaters. It has not yet been fully unearthed. It has two old-school style bowls connected to each other. They are shaped like a half sphere and have no copin. In addition, they have a considerable depth. Part of it is on flat ground, surrounded by ramps, with an arched bar and a kind of dune with an edge to grind.
Canyelles Skatepark: It has 3 bowls. Each of them has as much depth as different lines. The former has more aggressive lines and extensions, for more advanced skaters. The second has much smoother lines, indicated for the less experienced. The third is like a bathtub, square, and has a huge wallride and a lower part. In addition, it also has a small street area with a pyramid, bars and drawers of different shapes.
The Beautiful Sea: It is a giant bowl. At the entrance there is a waveramp that leads you to the bowls. On the right you will find the bowl of less difficulty, shallower and perfect for beginners. On the left you will find the deepest and most difficult bowl, for higher level skaters. In addition, it has a street area with railings and stairs.
10. YOU DIDN'T KNOW THE "WE ARE SURFSKATE HOTEL" ONE PASS!
This concept of "surf house" is a brutal alternative to learn about surfing or surfskate and visit the beaches with the best waves in northern Spain. Somo is a hostel in Castanedo (Ribamontan al mar).
It is organized by a team of professionals qualified in teaching surfing, with many years of experience in the best schools in the municipality.
In addition to offering accommodation for a few days, their knowledge of sports and the environment allows them to advise clients on their surfing experience.
They also have an exclusive surf lesson service to help in sports initiation or evolution.
We have told you everything you need to know to be a top surfskater, so if you already surf but want to perfect your technique out of the water, we encourage you to join this dry practice; If you have not yet started in either of these two table sports, what are you waiting for?