“When I was about 15, (2005) I was a sponsored longboard rider. I’d spend many days making downhill/slide videos when the waves were flat, but my true passion was surfing. I noticed that all the longboard companies were marketing their boards as surfing cross trainers; saying that their board, with their truck set up, felt like surfing. But I never agreed with that. Making turns on a surfboard felt way different than standard skateboard trucks; whether they had reverse kingpins or springs instead of bushings, they didn’t mimic the same movement or feeling of surfing. So I began to think about how to build a board that really mimicked the movement of surfing. A little while passed and I didn’t try building anything. Then one day I found my skateboard in the street run over… by my friend who just got his license. The deck had snapped and one of the trucks had cracked in half. So, skateboard-less, I decided to take those parts and make my own skateboard, one that had that surfy feeling.
A surfboard has three basic components: surface area, fins, and rail shape. I thought about how a surfer turns their board by using their upper body, twisting, and leading their board in a chosen direction. You cannot simply put toe side pressure on the rail and expect the board to turn in that direction like a skateboard would. The skateboard would have to have complete free motion of the front so that the rider could use their upper body to move in any direction they want. The free motion of the front would also allow a rider to pump for speed. The back would have to work as your pivot point, like the fins on a surfboard.
So in my garage I began building a free motion version of a skateboard truck with some parts lying around the house. I used a caster for full 360 degree horizontal movement than attached a spring loaded, sawed off skate truck to a door hinge to make 60 degree vertical movement. You can see what it looked like in the picture above. After a couple years of fine tuning, the V-Truck was born.”
-Colin, the designer of the SurfSkate
To build a skateboard that rides like a surfboard, you need to start by looking at a surfboard. Surfboards have a simple design: a flat plane with fins in the rear. This simple design allows a rider to rotate their upper body, pivoting off of the fins to perform turns, while the free unlimited motion of the front allows the rider to slide the board left to right to pump for speed. SurfSkate Industries built their longboard around this style of movement. The rear truck acts as a pivot point allowing a rider to use their upper body to pull the board into turns, while the 360* rotating front truck allows the rider to face the board in any chosen direction and pump for speed.
“The V-Truck allows you to do a carve, or a power turn, as if you were surfing.”
– Albee Layer, Pro Surfer