Imagine yourself gliding down the city streets instead of walking. Presenting to you this unusual-looking skateboard that can take you wherever you want to go without you even having to put a foot on the floor.
Have a read through our various tips for choosing the best model to meet your or your kids’ needs!
WAVEBOARDS: SLIDING ON TWO WHEELS
The waveboard is like any other skateboard because it only has two wheels and, on top of that, it’s articulated.
But, this lets you achieve completely different things to what you would on a classic skateboard or even on a longboard or cruiser. Waveboards are great for beginners.
You can even get specific boards for kids and for adults. Every member of your family can make the most of it without worrying about anything such as height or weight. Just like with the other kinds of boards, it’s important to kit yourself out with the right clothing and shoes and, particularly for kids, with the right protective pads and helmets.
Also known as a caster board, the waveboard is composed of two separate, articulated decks that let you create an undulating movement. The two wheels can also turn 360°.
Tip: The technique for riding a waveboard is a bit different because you can move forward without putting your foot on the floor, as well as being able to easily climb hills. It’s all about using your heels and toes to create the right movement to propel you forwards. Waveboards are just as good at getting you from A to B as they are for performing tricks.
THE RIGHT DECK AND TORSION BAR
Before choosing your waveboard, you need to know the height of the user. In fact, there are different boards for kids under 1.4 m tall, and for adults over 1.4 m.
Concave decks are the best kind. They’re more comfortable while having the advantage of giving you better control over your movements.
The nose and tail (the two ends of the board) should curl up slightly. This will help you do more tricks and get the most out of your waveboard. It’s also important for your waveboard to have grips. These non-slip patches on the deck will prevent you from sliding around.
Lastly, waveboarding is also a lifestyle! These boards, therefore, come in all sorts of different shapes and colours so that they can become a proper streetwear accessory.
The torsion bar, which lets the board perform its twisting motion, is also something you need to check. It needs to be sturdy but should also make different movements easy to do. It’s what links the two halves of the board. You can check its performance quite easily by doing a test run.
WHEELS AND BEARINGS
Just like with a skateboard, the wheels and bearings are two elements that need to be chosen according to your personal needs. Not everyone has the same desires and needs in terms of comfort and speed.
Waveboard wheels turn 360° so you have complete control over the board, can do loads of tricks, and also get an optimal feel through the board, similar to surfing or snowboarding. The wheel hardness needs to be taken into consideration. The softer the wheels, the more comfortable a waveboard will be to ride and the better suited it will be for beginners. The harder the wheels, the faster they will go but the more vibrations you will feel. The wheel hardness is measured using a scale composed of a number and the letter A. It ranges from 65A (the softest) to 100A (the hardest). As for the bearings, they’re scored on the ABEC scale. For kids, you should go for ABEC 1 or 3 bearings that stop them picking up too much speed. Beginner adults will prefer classic bearings such as ABEC 5. Lastly, real experts will want to go for ABEC 7 and 9. This kind of bearing can reach much faster speeds but don’t offer such a comfortable ride.