Rocket Scientists Have Built A Bullet Proof Skateboard That's Lighter Than Wood, And Harder Than Steel
Skateboarding isn't broke, but these guys have tried to fix it anyway. What can possibly go wrong?
You know that old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well, these guys haven't, so have tried to reinvent the already-quite-popular skateboard anyway.
Rocket Scientist Ryan Olliges found that, in his every day role at the University of Southern California, a lot of surplus carbon fibre was be thrown away on a daily basis in the production of spacecraft.
Being a keen skateboarder, and having made a handful of decks in the past, Olliges struck upon the idea of combining the two worlds, and set about making a carbon fibre deck
The result is a board that's lighter than wood, stronger than steel, and can withstand both water damage and extreme heat.
After some early success, he began refining the shape, built a press, and is now looking to produce a run of the high-tech boards.
To help fund the project, he's taken to crowd funding site Kickstarter where, at time of going to press, he's already raised two and half time the $10,000 he was originally asking for, with 15 days of donations left to go.
The board, named the Aileron after part of a planes wing, look pretty rad (if a little Batman), and judging by what we've seen, deliver on everything they promise.
Furthermore, they're made from carbon sourced from refuse - the bits the rocket scientist throw away into landfill - so ever single board made is actually helping the planet.
However, we can't help but feel that, in the famously stubborn world of skateboarding , a good old fashioned stack of 7ply will remain king until the end of time.