Man Invents Protection for Skateboarders

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You’re looking at the modern day equivalent of a cowcatcher for skateboards. The solution to a, errr… problem that I guess technically exists. If you’re that worried about pebbles, maybe a softer wheel is your answer. Although I guess if my mom were to take up skateboarding again, I might feel better about her chances of not breaking a hip or wrist might be slightly improved with this contraption, mostly because she’d be too embarrassed to actually ride something like this in public. Yeah, my mom has attitude. Like all good wacky skateboard inventions, there’s a kickstarter page for the Rockochet. Bonus points for a good name!

– Thanks to Simon Mrozinski for the tip.

The Rockochet was allegedly conceived after the inventor’s nephew hit a pebble on the sidewalk and flew into the street, getting hit and dragged by a car. You can get yours starting at $15 if you’re quick enough.

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The Rockochet bolts around your truck hanger. There’s actually a little mini cowcatcher on the win mechanism, which is spring loaded so it will pop up a little if you actually hit something big. I’m not sure I’d trust that on any nose picks though. I’m sure this isn’t going to rattle either.

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The deflector is supposed to sit 1/8th of an inch off the surface… but I guess that would depend what size wheels you were riding.

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Live and in person!

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Like a mustache for your skateboard.

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Action shot of the Rockochet not impairing anyone’s ability to get radical.

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This still is from an AZFamiliy.com news coverage about the invention. This image and board choice reinforces the fact that it seems like something that was invented in the 70’s. The title graphic is choice…

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Official Rockochet video

9 Comments

  1. poolpunx on November 25, 2014 - Reply

    WOW! Fuck NO.

  2. sheltered on November 25, 2014 - Reply

    I’d get one, but it won’t fit over my copers.

  3. I think there are three skaters in the world that just freaked out that this was made!

  4. I’m more worried about the weight ,with my duel lappers two nosegaurds and two tailskids maybye I could lose the skyhooks . Damn you pinecones and irregular shaped stones!

  5. Danny_Cleveland on November 26, 2014 - Reply

    So it’s a dick duster mustache for your trucks ? Give that shit to some asshead , Hipster Longboarder .

  6. Awesome! I’m going to use them to start my snow plowing business.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if they put a squeegee on the bottom for a “rain version”?

  7. kinda feels 1978

  8. I remember sending such an old ad from the 70s to ? Pierre Gravel !
    http://www.sakaroule.net/2010/12/big-freeze.html

    or a bit better here :
    http://www.campeonatosdeskate.com.br/2011/07/22/gravel-guard-1977.html

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