Well we’ve not had any snow round these parts (so far). And the Winter Olympics are over. So my timing with this post is pretty off. Never the less, I thought I’d share this item from my board collection with you.
This here board is a Santa Cruz snowskate. Slightly bigger than a typical double kick skateboard, the snowskate is made of solid, tough plastic. It’s designed to be ridden in the snow like you would a skateboard – ideally on the sort of urban obstacles (rails, walls etc) that you would ordinarily skate in the summer.
Where there would be grip tape on the top of a wooden skate deck, this board has a rubber surface. It’s slightly spongy to provide grip, and nicely waterproof. You wouldn’t want your grip tape getting all messy now, would you? This makes much more sense. Underneath the plastic is ridged, to help provide some control and a better riding surface.
Control is certainly crucial here – remember, unlike a snowboard, there are no bindings to keep your feet strapped in and attached. Instead, you ride the snowskate exactly like a skateboard. This requires balance, self confidence and fair old bit of craziness. The result is a fun board that can easily be carted around the hills or local spots when the snow falls.
I’ve had some cool times riding this snowskate – the best thing about it is that it feels slightly different from both skateboarding and snowboarding – so you’re learning a new skill. That said, the snowskate is similar enough to both disciplines to mean that fans of either will appreciate it. Personally I’ve not mastered any tricks on this board, though I can ride it pretty well. The problem is the snow usually disappears too quick around here…
A snowskate is worth picking up for those days when you’re snowed in and the local park is calling. It makes a nice change from a sledge. All I need now is some snow.
Admittedly, this isn’t a skateboard as such – though I’m publishing this in the skateboard section of the Virtual Hot tub anyway. There’s enough common ground here for me to get away with that. Don’t like it? Write your own blog.
- Length: 35.5″
- Width (widest): 92
- Width (slimmest): 8.5″
Soundtrack: some frozen Scandinavian metal, like Kvelertak.
Check out Santa Cruz snowskates here. Nowadays they’re being made with some cool graphics, if that helps convince you. I like the sugar skull best!