Over the years various skateboards have tried to capture that feeling of being on a wave. The Hamboard story revolves around the Hamborg family, 7 surfers from Huntington Beach, California. Over the years of living close to the beach 5 brothers grew to love the ocean and became lifeguards. They tried all sorts of outdoor pursuits from, diving, spear fishing, bodysurfing the Wedge, and finding new ways to have fun in the ocean. With no intentions of designing a new style of skateboard or making a product, they simply wanted to make something that felt like they were riding a surfboard, but out of the water.
Having a really fun skateboard to ride when the surf was flat became a family project. Sketching designs and jotting down ideas over dinner, trashing the garage, littering the yards with prototypes, searching anywhere and everywhere for the just right combination of wood, wheels, trucks, bolts and bearings that would bring that unique flow and feel. It only took them 8 years or so to get it right.
“Surfing every chance you get has a tendency to slow down projects…”
The result is a HAMBOARD, which has a phenomenal similarity to surfing. In some ways it was a happy accident, or as the Hamborgs like to say “God dropped the design in our laps”. Nevertheless surfers, skaters and active people world wide are having a blast carving big flowing turns, driving rail to rail hacks, or cross-steping up to the nose to hang ten on their Hamboards. Hamboard Skateboards offer Stand Up Paddlers a unique and realistic land based training option for the many aspects of paddle racing and surfing.
The Hamboard decks have a baked on glossy/grippy coating, which allows exceptional traction for both shoes and bare feet. They use a combination of Original’s state of the art S8 torsion trucks, Abec 11 97mm Flywheels, and Biltin Abec 7 bearings to give the boards a super smooth fast ride with flowing turns.
The Classic Model is 6’6” long and 15” wide allowing riders to paddle in a parallel stance and work on their paddle exchange. It is a big board, but don’t be deceived by the length or width. This board will whip through turns and convey the feeling of flow that you won’t get with other boards anywhere.
Working on technique in the surf can be limiting depending on the surf conditions and the rider’s ability. The Hamboard allows paddle surfers to get many repetitions of practice of the transition to surf stance, paddle placement, turns, cross stepping, and nose riding that will directly translate to improved performance in the waves. The Fish Model is 4’5” long and 17” wide with 90mm wheels.More maneuverable and easier to transport, the Fish specializes in driving rail-to-rail turns, delivering that powerful pumping acceleration that only a surfer knows. If the Classic is the Cruiser – the Fish is the Porche of Hamboards.
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