If you are thinking about getting started in the world of surfing or improving your technique and style , and you have already done your research online, you will have come across the word "surfskate" (or carver as it is being called).
The surfskate, unlike the traditional skateboard, comes with a different front axle . It usually has a built-in spring or inverted kingpin that will allow you to turn your board like you do, or will, in the water.
One of the pioneer brands of this modality is Carver, and what is known as genericicide has happened with it, its name is being used as generic, to refer to this modality; as happened with Chupa chups, Polo or Jacuzzi.
Slide Surf Skateboards is a surfskate brand that has been on the market for many years , but it is only now that it is being known. People are beginning to discover its virtues and especially its value for money.
Especially since a couple of years ago the mythical distributor Sancheski , from Irun, took over the representation of the brand for Europe. Since then they have pampered and improved the product to be able to offer a surfskate that meets the demand of this demanding market that is growing by leaps and bounds every day.
Since then, they've made improvements to the truck, the board shape design, the board pattern, and even the wheels. Every year they optimize the product and most importantly, now they get spare parts for all the parts (something that did not happen in the past).
The Carving Social Club has been working with Slide for years and today it is the board we use the most to teach our beginner classes. And some of our riders have been using them for years too and it's amazing to see them push it to the limit in the skatepark and bowl.
It is true that the surfskate will not help you understand the waves, nor to work on your footing on your surfboard, but it is a fundamental tool to work on your posture, weights, body movement and turns once the take off you've got it down.
It will make your surfing evolve and advance much faster, especially for those of us who do not have the sea nearby or can go surfing every day. We have seen it so clearly and we believe so much in the advantages of the surfskate and in this specific case in the Slide brand, that we have developed our own Limited Edition board together with them.
The Black Diamond , a robust, fun, functional and of course very beautiful board! In addition to ours, Sancheski has launched this year a new collection with very cool designs and different sizes and shapes. From here you just have to understand which table will suit you best and choose the one you like best.
The most important thing you have to take into account is the size of the table, if you are a tall person (1.80) a longer table will be better for you. You can get a small one without problems if what you want is to go from one place to another as a means of transport, but if what you want is to improve your surfing, the idea is that you carry the same distance between your feet on your surfskate as you do on your your surfboard. Slide's longest board is the Swallow, which is the only model they've kept from last year's collection. And they have also released the Swallow Trick , which keeps the same shape and size as the previous one, only the design changes.
In the description of each of the models in our online store you are given some indicative measurements so that you can understand whether or not the table will be worth it for your weight or size. Another factor to take into account is the shape of the board, if you are a person who likes stability, you will want a wider board so that your foot is fully supported. In this sense, the most stable is the Gussie, which has the same width both at the tip and at the tail. Both the Gussie Classic and the Gussie Triangu (in the image). .
If, on the other hand, you are already used to board sports, and stability is not something that worries you much, you can opt for a slightly different shape. Like for example the new one that they have launched for this year, diamond tail, which is a little narrower in the tail. Here you have the Diamond Single .
Another very important thing about the Slides is that their front axle comes with three good risers so you will never have the famous "wheel bite", which is when the wheels touch the board when turning and it stops you cold.
It is also adjustable, you can tighten it to have a more stable feeling (to the right), especially if you are going to move or loosen it if you are going to get into the skatepark, practice your turns or warm up before entering the water. Remember to tighten the black nut on the front of the axle, not the silver one on top. Use the lightning bolt key that comes with your Slide.
So don't think about it anymore, get yourself a Slide both to get started in this world, and to evolve your surfing.
From the Carving Social Club we have free shipping to the entire Spanish Peninsula, and even deliveries in 24-48 hours.
Do you dare to try them?