El Skate and surf they are two sports that go hand in hand. However, one is born out of the other. The skateboarding has its origin in the development of surfing.
The story of the birth of skateboarding begins when a group of surfers, in the mid-50s, decide to place some planks on four wheels to be able to “surf” on the street those days when there were no waves and the sea was calm.
At the beginning, as is evident the skateboard models were large, they had a fairly high weight and the wheels were made of metal and clay. Like everything else, as the years went by, the materials evolved and urethane wheels were incorporated and much more dynamic designs were devised, providing lightness to the skates.
As the practice of skateboarding began to become popular, especially in the United States, where national championships began to be held, the sport began to be treated as an extreme sport and did not have much good reputation among those who did not practice it. Skateboarding began to adhere to cultural, political, musical currents ... And it was not well received for everyone. With the passage of time, as with most of the trends that end up settling and normalizing, skateboarding re-hooked to the concept of "cool" and "alternative", seen from a good perspective.
Today there are many ways to use these tables so simple in appearance. You can practice surf skate, Down Hill, Freeride ... The trajectory of the evolution of surfing was; first in the water, then on the ground and finally on the asphalt.
Although skateboarding is largely influenced by surfing, surfing has also been inspired by skateboarding at times. In the 70's the skaters began to jump, to fly over the ground, and the surfers, then began to test aerial over the water. These steps were born on dry land and surfers such as Christian Fletcher or Kelly Slater were the pioneers in completing this technique.
Skateboarding is also used as training to perfect technique in the water. This gives the surfer muscle memory when he is on the board, helps to improve balance and allows practicing the maneuvers to be performed in the water infinitely many times on the skatepark floor.
Today there is an industry dedicated to designing skates that recreate the movements that are performed in surfing. The best known is the Carver model, which was born in 1995 in California when two surfers decided to create a board that would eventually be called “surf skate”.
El surfskate It has been the sport that has combined the practice of surfing and skateboarding separately. The vast majority of the movements that are performed in surf skate are a sticker of those that are practiced in water. To be able to do them on land, the same muscles and brain sectors are activated as in surfing, so when you head out to sea, the movements are carried out almost involuntarily.
The surfskate helps to chain movements in a fluid way, which is of vital importance when surfing. Dynamism in movements is essential in both sports, but much more difficult to achieve on the water, as there are many more factors to pay attention to than on dry land. So what better way to practice this Flow first in a skatepark than to put it into actual practice?
Who practices a lot surfskate it's like surfing a lot. When surfing, you do not spend enough time on the board for your style to improve quickly, so surfskate is the best way to increase efficiency, and especially to accelerate it.
Knowing when to change the direction of the body in search of the perfect position in relation to the wave is something very difficult to do, it is what all surfers seek to achieve without flinching. The surfskate It also helps in this regard and can speed up the learning process. Although water is a practically uncontrollable entity, knowing how to descend a slope or a ramp based on its inclination is, to say the least, beneficial.
Although at first glance surfing skateboarding and skateboarding may look alike, the truth is that they have many things that differentiate them.
The skateboard has small and rigid wheels, while those of the surfskate are usually larger and softer; On the other hand, the size of the skateboard wheels is usually between 50 and 60 millimeters, and those of the surfskate are somewhat larger.
Although the big difference between both boards resides in the axles of the wheels of each one. The axes of the skateboard are symmetrical, and this symmetry is what gives them two pivot points. For its part, a surfskate, like surfboards, only has one pivot point.
On the other hand, the axles of the surfskate are not usually symmetrical, its front axle has a wide and horizontal tilt, and a rear axle similar to that of the skateboard. What is intended with this structure is that the surfskate allows much more range of movement. Skateboarding is stiffer.
And, are surfing and surfskate alike?
Of course, the sensation of surfing, on a board on top of the waves, in the sea, is not comparable to that of skateboarding on the asphalt. However, the movements, gestures and body posture used in surfskate are very similar to those used when surfing. In fact, surfskate has more in common with surfing than it does with skateboarding itself.
En The Indian Face we have caps Born To Surfy Born To Skate, But if surfskate is your thing, don't hesitate to catch both of them and alternate! The important thing is that, whatever you do, you feel that you are free, as well as our cap Born To Be Free, which reminds you that you are alive, and that nothing can stop you.