The first skateboards were invented decades ago by surfers looking to surf the streets on flat days. But even after all this time, the design of skateboard trucks has evolved very little – until now. Virtually every longboard company out there claims that their board mimics the motion and feel of surfing, but they offer no technical explanation to back it up. Longboard companies will try to customize their trucks by using different kingpin setups or springs instead of bushings, but none of these designs are very different from the original design of the rollerskate trucks that surfers screwed on to two-by-fours fifty years ago.
To build a skateboard that rides like a surfboard, you need to start by looking at a surfboard. Surfboards have a simple design: a flat plane with fins in the rear. This simple design allows a rider to rotate their upper body, pivoting off of the fins to perform turns, while the free unlimited motion of the front allows the rider to slide the board left to right to pump for speed. SurfSkate Industries built their longboard around this style of movement. The rear truck acts as a pivot point allowing a rider to use their upper body to pull the board into turns, while the 360* rotating front truck allows the rider to face the board in any chosen direction and pump for speed.
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