Ride The Wave: Surfskate, Bangkok’s Newest Trend August 3, 2021

If you’ve been on social media recently, chances are, you’ve seen people flock to parking lots or skate parks. Here, you’ll see skaters swerving in and out, dodging obstacles and tackling ramps on the latest phenomenon that’s taken Thailand by storm: surfskates.

Born out of a need to enrich the urban lifestyle, surfskates provide ample opportunity for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies alike to get their fix. Even complete newbies have found themselves stepping up to the challenge, fully embracing and becoming engrossed in this new trend. If you’re one of the few people that haven’t yet jumped on the surfskate bandwagon (or board), here’s all you need to know.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS SURFSKATE?

To the untrained eye, surfskates appear to just be skateboards, albeit, with a slightly different shape; but the moment you ride one, the differences become apparent. In reality, the mechanics are much more similar to surfing and snowboarding (the board was afterall invented by surfers and snowboarders for entertainment during a flat ocean day and during the summer).

Unlike a skateboard where you kick off the ground to generate and maintain speed, the surfskate relies on ‘pumping.’ With ‘pumping’, you throw your shoulders from left to right, relying on your upper body to generate momentum. If done correctly, your board will propel itself forward in a zigzag motion where you can go on indefinitely barring any obstacles or slopes. If we think of ‘pumping’ as the forward motion, ‘carving’ is the turning motion. With ‘carving’, you throw your body into the turn, swinging your shoulders and tipping the board into the direction you want to take.

Photo credit: Mega Bangna

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