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    Default Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Hi there
    I need advice to figure out what is the best option for me to "surf" the streets when the waves are flat.
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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Hard to say. What is the best board to surf the waves with? A 5'10" fish? A 10'6" tanker? A thruster? A gun? I guess it all depends on the wave too. Two foot mush or a monster sucking South Seas reef break?

    Skateboarding has that kind of variety too. "Surfy" riding trucks is a meaningless concept unless you mean "easy to spin out" and who wants that?

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    Hard to say. What is the best board to surf the waves with? A 5'10" fish? A 10'6" tanker? A thruster? A gun? I guess it all depends on the wave too. Two foot mush or a monster sucking South Seas reef break?

    Skateboarding has that kind of variety too. "Surfy" riding trucks is a meaningless concept unless you mean "easy to spin out" and who wants that?
    Thanks,
    So what is your favorite all around Skateboard?
    When I say "Surfy" I mean that I can pump speed just like I surf. I have seen some people riding thier skateboards just like they surf.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Barfoot or Surf Rodz

    Both of those companies really encompasses the 'surf' dynamic with their boards
    Ho a’e ka ‘ike he’e nalu i ka honua o ka ‘ale
    Show your knowledge of surfing on the back of a wave.
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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Bennett, Carver, Tracker RTS/X - generally considered/described as slalom/pump/surfy-feel trucks.
    then again, i've never surfed a day in my life, so take that w/ a grain of salt.
    but these also happen to be the trucks/setups i'm personally most fond of...
    check out James Peters' site for extensive good talk.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by SK1ER View Post
    Barfoot or Surf Rodz

    Both of those companies really encompasses the 'surf' dynamic with their boards
    Sounds like he's talking about riding a thruster not walking a noserider like the barfoot.

    A pumping slalom type setup with the Tracker RTS/RTX truck combo sounds like it would fit the bill.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by SK1ER View Post
    Barfoot or Surf Rodz

    Both of those companies really encompasses the 'surf' dynamic with their boards
    They seem really old school to me, I am a shortboard surfer. Looking to get speed and to pump my skateboard for a similar feeling I have when I surf.
    Thanks for the info

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    Sounds like he's talking about riding a thruster not walking a noserider like the barfoot.

    A pumping slalom type setup with the Tracker RTS/RTX truck combo sounds like it would fit the bill.
    Thanks thats exactly right. Getting closer

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    I guess I'm just an 'old school' kind of guy
    Ho a’e ka ‘ike he’e nalu i ka honua o ka ‘ale
    Show your knowledge of surfing on the back of a wave.
    -Hawaiian Surfing Proverb

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    RTX/S is fine, but for me the Bennett/RTS is better ($10 more). As mentioned above check out pavedwave for truck/bushing/wedging advice for boards in the 38-42" range (LDP). Search slalom set-ups on the 'fish for 30 -36" set-ups (GS length/wheelbases). On my boards over 42" I use reverse kingpin trucks (Holeys) that I can pump once I get up to speed.

    Have fun.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by waves View Post
    Thanks thats exactly right. Getting closer
    Get a wood board with a kicktail in the 32 - 38 inch range so you can do kickturns too and put those trucks on it with some 62mm Bennett Alligator wheels or 62mm 3DM Cambrias and you'll be set to pump and cruise all over town all day long.
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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    Get a wood board with a kicktail in the 32 - 38 inch range so you can do kickturns too and put those trucks on it with some 62mm Bennett Alligator wheels or 62mm 3DM Cambrias and you'll be set to pump and cruise all over town all day long.
    Thanks

    Are there any companies out there that figure our the setup for what I want? or I really need to " do it yourself" kinda thing?

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Originals. I love mine, they're surfy as heck. That's probably why they put them on these:


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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    i really want to try a hamboard but they seem completely unridable in my city.
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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by waves View Post
    Thanks

    Are there any companies out there that figure our the setup for what I want? or I really need to " do it yourself" kinda thing?
    Tailtap.com has completes, some Bennett/Bennett, but they will probably put on what you want.

    Sk8kings.com has completes for slalom, but their Axe 2.5, GS and Super GS would fit the bill (Kick included). They'll also work with you.

    Subsonic Skateboards and LBL have custom completes that will also fit.

    Search Samhell (Balboa 29"), Roggs, Arcane, Dopamine on the 'fish. All custom builders and fish members who can probably hook you up.

    Depends on you budget.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by waves View Post
    Thanks

    Are there any companies out there that figure our the setup for what I want? or I really need to " do it yourself" kinda thing?
    It's kinda fun to bolt it together yourself but do you have any skateshops in your town? Or surf shops that carry skateboards? Tracker RTX and RTS's are fairly esoteric as most shops just carry Tracker Darts but you might be able to get some or all of your gear there.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    It's kinda fun to bolt it together yourself but do you have any skateshops in your town? Or surf shops that carry skateboards? Tracker RTX and RTS's are fairly esoteric as most shops just carry Tracker Darts but you might be able to get some or all of your gear there.
    Yeah for sure I have SurfShops near by, most of them carry Sector 9, I tried them before but I seriuosly can't see any resemblance to surfing (the way I am looking for-shortboarding and pumping).
    I will do another round in the shops today, and update here of what I found. I hope I can check out some demos to get the feel for it.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    carvers on a surfboard. get long hardware.

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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    I believe Carver Skateboards are designed and engineered for a surf-style ride.
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    Default Re: Best Skateboard/trucks for surfers?

    Here you go. Earthwing Thruster and Carver C7 Trucks! Surfy Surf!!!
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