As any would-be board sport historian bore will tell you, surfing acted as the genesis for skateboarding. It was kids trying to replicate riding waves when the ocean was flat that led to people screwing the wheels from roller skates onto planks of wood and rolling around concrete.
From these simple deathtraps, skateboarding as we know it was born. Before long, the likes of Stacy Peralta, the late Jay Adams, and Grant from Eastenders were scouring the backyards of drought ridden Californian homes for swimming pools to ride in, Tony Hawk was landing 900’s, and Ryan Sheckler was having his own name tattooed across his shoulders. Halcyon days.
The same chaps who decided to answer the question “is it possible to skateboard on a £1500 Macbook Pro?” are back, and they’ve got their hands on what appears to be a six foot performance board.
After struggling to actually attach the skate trucks (you can happily skip the first five minutes of this video, as it resembles Home Improvement more than it does a skate edit), the chaps finally get the board on the ground and have a roll.
Despite initial fears that the fibreglass board would simply break up when being wanged around a skatepark, it holds up surprisingly well. In fact, despite some teething trouble, the fellas managed to drop in off the mini ramp, land flip tricks, pressure flips, and even crank out a few board slides.
The pointy egg shape may not be whole conducive for freestyle, but it undoubtedly looks rad for cruising around on. So much so, in fact, that we’re surprised that there isn’t a surfboard shaped longboard on the market.
Myriam, get me the number for Dragons Den. We’ve got a ridiculous invention to cash in on!