The Air Borne Freeskate was born in 1984 as a cheaper alternative to sailing in ice boats. The reason this is on Skate and Annoy is because it appears that early models of the Freeskate may have been outfit with Indy 216’s. The sport is still going these days, but they don’t use skateboard trucks in commercial rigs anymore, although some DIY types have built there own using those extended mountain board trucks with the springs. I’ve seen videos of later model Freeskates that no longer used skateboard trucks as well. This model is not a fluke however, as there appear to be several out there with this truck setup. It’s kind of hard to find information about this board, as google turns up a lot of ice skating links. There are various groups that were at one time devoted to it, but most of the links seem to be defunct. These photos come from a guy asking $350 for his set up on Craigslist, Cape Cod. I pulled the date of the invention of the Freeskate from a February 12, 1984 New York Times article that unfortunately does not include archived photos. Freeskate appears to have become an all encompassing name for similar devices, in the same way that Rollerblades became synonymous with inline skating.
– Thanks to Paul F for the tip.
Related: History and Modern Ice Boards
BMW chassis engineer Rudi Mueller and product designer Stephan Augustin were the two minds behind the original, short-lived BMW Streetcarver, an interesting but impractical idea that was too heavy and too expensive, and ultimately limited to only being useful in mild downhill situations. Stephan is not letting the dream die. He’s come up with another set of alternative trucks that might make you think of Stoker’s if you squint your eyes and look at them over your shoulder. Curfboard trucks are actually a little hypnotizing to watch in action. They look really smooth. I would love to try some out for fun, but even a quick peek will tell you these trucks are once again limited in use. Any sort of truck grind (even off the edge of a sidewalk!) is potentially going to destroy these things quickly. Two crucial, structural elements hang dangerously below the hanger of the truck. Also, it’s unclear how these would handle with any sort of speed. There is no kingpin and thus no bushings, but does not appear to be any resistance or adjustments of any kind possible. You’re stuck with “as is” performance that lends itself well to generating motion through carving, but maybe not so much stability with speed. There’s interesting tidbits of Streetcarver history on the Kickstarter page. If you want to get these at a reasonable price, pledge now, or you’ll suffer sticker shock as the “retail” value comes in at $100 more expensive than the original BMW Streetcarver did at $500. That’s right, completes are expected to sell at an absurd $600. You can still get them at amore reasonable early bird pledge price of $168 for now. There is no option to buy the trucks separately.
We’ve seen a variety of folding skateboards here, most of them DIY. BoardUp adds a new twist to that with a 2-way hinge mechanism that allows for a more uniform rectangular shape after folding. It looks heavy but the whole board is supposed to way less than 7 lbs. It’s smooth but there’s definitely some flex visible in the video. If transportations your bag, then this might be for you, although you’re probably not reading this web site. Kickstarter on the way…
A spare cordless drill and a few parts from the hardware store is all you need to make your own electric skateboard. Start with a round wire brush, right angle bit holder, flexible bit extension, and some nuts and bolts. Just ad a skateboard with large size wheels and you’re good to go. I’m curious how long a charge on drill would last. This seems more like a fun project to do with kids than a viable transportation solution. Much nicer than this one.
Free stuff is free stuff, right? There’s so many levels of DIY modification and outside of the box thinking going on here that I had to snap some pictures. For instance: Outgrown your old deck? Just bolt it on to a new one! Nice work with the rounded handlebar too.
– Thanks to Adlan Farazi for the tip via (duh, duh duh…) FACEBOOK
RAD Furniture makes metal furniture, as well as the occasional perforated steel skateboard deck, which you can build yourself in the from of onsite welding lessons for $350, or buy premade for $250. Think of it as an ollie strength trainer.
– Thanks to MC for the tip.
On the off chance you’re looking to pick up a 16 wheel skateboard and a built to fit quad post jam, you’re in luck if you’re in the San Diego area, you can pick this up from Simon Woodstock on Craigslist.
Globe updates the Nash Jammin Sound Board as a bluetooth speaker instead of an AM radio. This isn’t even the second skateboard with speakers in it. Remember the Chargeboard, the electric skateboard with speakers and a USB port? Globe’s version more closely resembles the Sound Board because it also has a top mounted speaker, and with the aid of bluetooth, acts more like a radio receiving audio transmission from your phone instead of requiring the phone to be plugged into the the bottom of the skateboard. Globe Speaker Boards are complete skateboards paired with Boombotix hardware. The speakers are supposed to be ruggedized and water resistant. This kind of thing is mildly amusing. I’d never buy one (but of course I’d be happy to accept a review unit!) Imagine getting an incoming call while cruising the gnar.