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Anyone use a surfskate?

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Created by Nugdam 24 days ago, 22 Jul 2020
Nugdam
QLD, 485 posts
22 Jul 2020 4:19PM
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Have been looking at the surf skates lately for something to muck around on. I know its more pointed towards shortboard riders, But has anyone used one and have an opinion on them?

Mahanumah
VIC, 282 posts
22 Jul 2020 5:19PM
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Not a Surfskate but own and use a SmoothStar. Gives a good feel for how your board would work on a wave.

Nugdam
QLD, 485 posts
22 Jul 2020 5:29PM
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Mahanumah said..
Not a Surfskate but own and use a SmoothStar. Gives a good feel for how your board would work on a wave.



I was looking at the smoothstar in particular actually. Would it be useful for sup practice do you think? Or is it a different feel to the sup?

AgBak
18 posts
23 Jul 2020 2:05AM
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I've been using a surf skate since January, both with and without a paddle. Have to say my understanding of speed generation (pumping) and balance have improved ten fold.

It is a little limiting as you can't move your back foot, however front and back side carving with a paddle (old paddle shaft) is very good. You can compress and really lean out.

The real benefit comes from being able to practice the same technique time and time again.

surfinJ
488 posts
23 Jul 2020 4:19AM
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My trucks are these. At 60 years old this has kept my balance and surfing tuned up. Really amazing the effects of regularly riding my skateboards on my surfing.

Nugdam
QLD, 485 posts
23 Jul 2020 11:41AM
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So they can improve the sup surfing a little bit then. I usually skate to the local shops when I need small bits and bobs. Thinking one of these could be a fun way to do it.

Greystoke
114 posts
23 Jul 2020 10:29AM
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I have a smooth star it really helps if you surf a short board SUP though, I've been surfing longboard and shortboard for years and I also snowboard so not sure if my opinion would be relevant to your question...

Mahanumah
VIC, 282 posts
23 Jul 2020 4:20PM
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Agree with Greystoke...

The Smoothstar can make a difference with shortboard style SUP. For Longboard it depends on whether you want progressive style or traditional nose riding. It will help with progressive but not for nose riding.

Nugdam
QLD, 485 posts
23 Jul 2020 4:44PM
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I ride 7'10 and 8'5 at the moment. The smoothstar won't be instock untill early September! Bummer.

aceman8772
34 posts
23 Jul 2020 5:20PM
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My brother had a carver and got his smoothstar because the carver does not simulate the turn as well. However, he did notice an improvement in his ability to generate a tighter more powerful turn from consistent practice on the carver. He just felt like he had reached the carver's limits.

I have had my smoothstar on order since April. The restrictions of movement has generated a boost in demand as people want to try and find a way to retain some muscle memory while the beaches are off limits. Smoothstar was not prepared for the surge in demand and the factory in Taiwan cannot keep up. Hopefully my board will ship the first week in August as promised.

colas
3942 posts
24 Jul 2020 8:57PM
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BTW, I have found this post I copied below by a Smoothstar representative quite informative:

( Myself, I never set foot on a skate since a bad wipeout 40 years ago, so I resisted the urge to land-train on a skate during the lockdown, and also because of the noise it makes on the road, not cool for the neighbors. But the Smoothstar is really tempting me...)

"Hey everyone. There are a lot of misinformation out there. So we try to contribute so enthusiasts know exactly the situation.

This video is in Spanish, unfortunately it doesn't have subtitles on it in english but you can see from the visual.SmoothStar did not produce it officially, it was sent to us. However, we did upload it to our channel because we do get just a few people that ask us.



Technically, the main difference is in the Spring and the tension adjustment.

SmoothStar uses a "compression spring" rather than a "coil spring". The amount of pressure or stress placed on a SmoothStar is far less, ensuring the spring keeps a certain level of "spring" without deterioration. We still have systems and springs that are 10 years old... over this period our spring reduced in size by less than 3mm - less than half a centimeter.

Unlike other brands, we either sell or replace less than 10 springs globally. This is almost non existent compared to the volume we sell per year.

The geometrics of the turning angle of the SmoothStar has been copied. The angle of the truck creates a smooth but critical turning arc. However, if they copied our spring, it would be a clear violation of our patent in Europe, Australia and USA. SmoothStar has more patents to protect our inventions than any other brand. However, we have been copied 8 times already. :-( so stay clear of those.

You may also see that with SmoothStar, you can adjust the tension of the spring. With every board, you are supplied with an allen key. The other products except for Carver, you can't adjust the tension of the spring.

Why does SmoothStar use Springs? What's the purpose?

Springs provide the movement and flex that you would have on your surfboard, fins and on a wave. There is also push back from the top of a wave - the springs we use simulate exactly that!

Without a spring or using the wrong spring, the simulation just isn't the same. Half the time the turning device of competing systems just wobbles back and forth or the springs need to be replaced."


More at: www.reddit.com/r/surfskate/comments/g20b05/smoothstar_or_yow/

WetnWildWozza
VIC, 8 posts
31 Jul 2020 6:40PM
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Cheap secondhand one for sale on Facebook.




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