Surf Skateboards - What you need to know and how to buy one

Over the last few years we have seen a huge momentum gain in our store of customers racing to get their hands on Surf Skateboards.  So what is a Surf Skate?  A Surf Skate Skateboard is basically a larger cruiser or mid sized longboard that has a special truck that allows you to mimic or duplicate the pump and flow you get surfing or that carving feeling you get on your snowboard.  Skateboards in fact were originally made of concocted cutout wood shaped with some roller skate wheels attached to the bottom as a way for surfers to do something when the waves were flat.  Have you watched Lord’s Of Dogtown?  That's when it all started.  



On a regular skateboard momentum if mostly gained from pushing. Riding a surf skate, momentum is generated from carving and upper body movement. Carver has always been about surfing, and of capturing that amazing feeling of flow on a skateboard.

There are lots of brands on the market but by far Carver and Yow are in our mind the cream of the crop.  The original since 1996, Carver has led the modern surfskate movement forward with its innovative truck systems, like the reverse-kingpin CX for a quick and snappy ride, or the lower, lighter C5 for tricks and parks. And with a variety of surf-inspired shapes and concaves, along with fast and grippy Roundhouse wheels, Carver delivers speed, power and flow so you can truly ‘Surf your Skate’.


So what do you look for when buying a Surf Skate?  In a nut shell most surf skates will be available from 28" long to 34" long.  Shorter boards will be more agile and easier with to pump and make quick turns, while longer boards will feel more stable at speed and be great with long flowy turns.  The wheelbase and the weight of the rider come into play but length can be subjective to what you feel.  As a gauge if you are around 55kg stick between the 28" to 30" and above that move up.  As a general guideline.   

What is he difference in truck systems?  Should you ride Yow or Carver, spring loaded or urethane.  In our experiance the Carver CX truck is by far our best seller as its a great mix of stability and flow.  A great all-rounder.  Yow and Carver C7 trucks are certainly have a sharper turn and deliver maybe a truer surf feel.  Both styles are awesome just feel a bit different.  Drop into the store and try out a demo before you buy! 

So how do you Surf Skate?  First up grab a board and get out for a push.  Once you get the feel there is loads of YouTube instruction channels like the one below plus you can get inspiration from Carver or Yow's instagram pages and YouTube channels.   


Surf Skates are where it is at if you are looking for the ultimate feeling of effortless flow and unmatched carve on a skateboard.  They are so good and purpose built you will find that the Australian and USA surf associations use Surf Skates as off water training tools whether you want to improve your surf skills or create the most epic flow in your local bowl.  Snowboarders not travelling to Japan this Summer in search of powder?  This is what you want to ride off snow.  Check our massive range of surf skates including Carver and Yow HERE 

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Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete C7 | 30.75
Sale price$503.49 Regular price$529.99
Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete C7 | 30.75
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Carver Octo Goner Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Octo Goner Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
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Carver Master Blaster Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Master Blaster Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
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Carver Shark Shredder Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Shark Shredder Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
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Carver Lazer Fazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Lazer Fazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
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Carver Snake Bite Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Snake Bite Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
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Carver Zapper Snapper Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Zapper Snapper Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
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Carver Rail Blazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Rail Blazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
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Carver Tiki Sunrise Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Tiki Sunrise Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
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Carver Bing Continental Surfskate Complete C7 | 37"Carver Bing Continental Surfskate Complete C7 | 37"
Sale price$498.74 Regular price$524.99
Carver Bing Continental Surfskate Complete C7 | 37"
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Carver Snapper Surfskate Complete CX | 28.0"Carver Snapper Surfskate Complete CX | 28.0"
Sale price$455.99 Regular price$479.99
Carver Snapper Surfskate Complete CX | 28.0"
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Carver Bing Puck Surfskate Complete CX | 27.5"Carver Bing Puck Surfskate Complete CX | 27.5"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Bing Puck Surfskate Complete CX | 27.5"
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Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete CX | 30.75"Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete CX | 30.75"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete CX | 30.75"
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Carver J.O.B Pink Tiger Surfskate Complete CX | 33.5"Carver J.O.B Pink Tiger Surfskate Complete CX | 33.5"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver J.O.B Pink Tiger Surfskate Complete CX | 33.5"
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Carver x Lost RNF Retro Pink Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"Carver x Lost RNF Retro Pink Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"
Sale price$455.99 Regular price$479.99
Carver x Lost RNF Retro Pink Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"
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Carver x Lost Rocket Redux Brophy Surfskate Complete | 30"Carver x Lost Rocket Redux Brophy Surfskate Complete | 30"
Sale price$455.99 Regular price$479.99
Carver x Lost Rocket Redux Brophy Surfskate Complete | 30"
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Carver Chrysalis Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"Carver Chrysalis Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"
Sale price$455.99 Regular price$479.99
Carver Chrysalis Surfskate Complete CX | 29.5"
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Carver Tommii Lim Proteus Surfskate Complete | C7 / 33"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Tommii Lim Proteus Surfskate Complete | C7 / 33"
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Carver Knox Phoenix Surfskate Complete | C7 / 31.25"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Knox Phoenix Surfskate Complete | C7 / 31.25"
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Impala Neptune Surf Skate Char Bataille | 30"
Sale price$351.49 Regular price$369.99
Impala Neptune Surf Skate Char Bataille | 30"
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Landyachtz Groveler Surfskate Purple | 32.5"
Sale price$398.99 Regular price$419.99
Landyachtz Groveler Surfskate Purple | 32.5"
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Landyachtz Surf Life Surfskate Dark Wave | 31.5"
Sale price$398.99 Regular price$419.99
Landyachtz Surf Life Surfskate Dark Wave | 31.5"
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Landyachtz Pocket Knife Surfskate Botanical | 29"
Sale price$398.99 Regular price$419.99
Landyachtz Pocket Knife Surfskate Botanical | 29"
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Hamboards Burst Squatch Surf Skate | 32"
Sale price$346.74 Regular price$364.99
Hamboards Burst Squatch Surf Skate | 32"
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Carver Black Beauty Surfskate w/C7 | 31.75"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Black Beauty Surfskate w/C7 | 31.75"
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Carver X Lost Quiver Killer Surfskate | C7 / 32"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver X Lost Quiver Killer Surfskate | C7 / 32"
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Carver Tommii Lim Proteus Surfskate Complete | CX / 33"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Tommii Lim Proteus Surfskate Complete | CX / 33"
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Carver Tyler 777 Surfskate Complete | CX / 36.5"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Tyler 777 Surfskate Complete | CX / 36.5"
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Carver J.O.B Camo Tiger Surfskate Complete | C7 /33.5"
Sale price$503.49 Regular price$529.99
Carver J.O.B Camo Tiger Surfskate Complete | C7 /33.5"
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Carver Kai Lenny Lava Surfskate Complete | CX Raw / 31"
Sale price$474.99 Regular price$499.99
Carver Kai Lenny Lava Surfskate Complete | CX Raw / 31"
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DB x Flow Surfskate Complete Nemo | 29"
Sale price$360.99 Regular price$379.99
DB x Flow Surfskate Complete Nemo | 29"
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Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete C7 | 30.75
Sale price$503.49 Regular price$529.99
Carver Yago Fire Goat Surfskate Complete C7 | 30.75
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Carver Octo Goner Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Octo Goner Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
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Carver Master Blaster Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Master Blaster Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 25"
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Carver Shark Shredder Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Shark Shredder Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
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Carver Lazer Fazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Lazer Fazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 26"
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Carver Snake Bite Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Snake Bite Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
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Carver Zapper Snapper Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Zapper Snapper Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 27"
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Carver Rail Blazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
Sale price$379.99 Regular price$399.99
Carver Rail Blazer Mini Surfskate Complete C5 | 28"
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