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.