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SpikeBoarding draws upon Nordic skiing, longboarding and stand-up paddleboarding

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November 25, 2013

The SpikeBoard uses a combination of switch kicking and 'spiking'

The SpikeBoard uses a combination of switch kicking and 'spiking'

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What happens when you combine Nordic skiing, stand-up paddle and switch-kick longboarding? You end up with a new method of transportation called SpikeBoarding, which requires a SkateBoard "Spike" and a specialized longboard.

For the skateboard portion of SpikeBoarding, a rider can use their own longboard specially designed for effective switch kicking, or the actual SpikeBoard made for the sport. The official SpikeBoard has a fender designed to keep the user from tapping the wheels while switching stances. It is also a drop deck board with 3 inches of drop, along with 85-mm (3.3-in) wheels and 180-mm (7-in) trucks.

The SkateBoard Spike is much like a Nordic ski pole, but it's tweaked to allow the user to spike with one hand while switch kicking with the other. The reason the creators have gone this way is to allow users to work out all muscle groups while riding the board. The pole is made with carbon fiber with the goal of keeping it as light as possible. In the end, it comes in at 19 ounces (539 grams), which should be easy enough to carry around while skating hard.

Riding the SpikeBoard

Some other notable things about the Spike is that it features a lifespan of about 500-1,000 hours, and that it will require a sharpening before each hard workout, or every few days after standard local commuting.

The Spike is available in four different sizes based on the height of the user. Sizes available are 157, 168, and 180 cm (61.8, 66.1, and 70.9 in). There is also a slightly more expensive model that adjusts from 120 to 190 cm (47.2 to 74.8 in).

SUSOIX, the company responsible for coming up with SpikeBoarding, sells the products directly. The prices vary depending on the package, starting at US$270 for just the Spike, and going all the way up to $650 for a complete longboard and Spike package.

The video below shows us how SpikeBoarding works.

Source: SpikeBoarding

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i've met the guy who claims to have invented and trademarked the spike board numerous times in manhattan. he spikes faster on his long board than a cyclist at times. he can uphill at speed. i don't think spike boarding is a long distance endeavor but for a few miles at a time , anyone can go far.

the guy who invented it of course, is in blazing good shape, and claims that it beats 'kicking' on a board because the flexible pole, combined with the whole body motion, allows one to dissipate the 'shock' of using ones leg to kick the ground through a flexible pole, and then ones entire body.

i would love to see him spike along on a motorized spike board that has dual capacity for use as a stand-up paddle board. amphibious spike paddleboarding . this is gizmag, so it's possible!

zevulon
25th November, 2013 @ 02:55 pm PST

I wonder exactly how many people buy and use these things after a couple of weeks? Would end up on the garage shelf beside the 'EziStep' and other TV Shop bargains. Yes, I know, they all work, don't they? Buy or make a small punt and pole your better half (reclining on cushions?) up and down the river or lakeside - with the bonus of the occasional swim to cool off. Added bonus - if your back 'goes out' she can pole you back to the car and boat trailer!

The Skud
25th November, 2013 @ 05:06 pm PST

Couple of comments; that is the smoothest road I've seen in quite some time. Having used carbide-tipped poles on 'real' roads, one does not always get a positive pole plant and slippage is common. The tips dull pretty quickly as well, since tar and chip is more the norm around here.

The technique seems well-suited for canoeists as a crossover training method. I'd also like to see a brake on the thing.

Pelotoner
26th November, 2013 @ 05:25 am PST

Whilst in sparsely inhabited areas this thing would be fine, but I hope it doesn't take off in more crowded cities, where the 'early adopters/trendies' tend to live.

Having a sharpened pole waving around at speed in crowded places, even if facing backwards, could cause all kinds of unintended consequences.

bergamot69
26th November, 2013 @ 08:24 am PST

oohhh I'm so tried of kicking.... I just want to push myself with my arms... all I need is a spike! lazy-persons' skateboard.

Not sure if I want to be going downhill at speed with spike in my hands... I'll probably ditch that so I don't impale something or myself.

bullfrog84
26th November, 2013 @ 11:27 am PST

I just don't get the spike. If this ever takes off (which I don't think is going to happen) I can see them being outlawed because of damage to asphalt.

A durable rubber tip make more sense, IMO.

Claudio Pagan
26th November, 2013 @ 12:44 pm PST

No no no...definitely keep the spike. In fact make it about 15 feet long. Add some bindings, and you can pole vault across busy intersections. I can definitely imagine the average "spiker" keeping up with bikes for a few hundred yards assuming the bike is a bike share model ridden by tourists in flip flops. Also the market expansion potential is huge. There are at least half a dozen variations of water sports equipment that can be adapted to the asphalt....spike knee boards, spike road kayaks, spike snorkeling...

sk8dad
3rd December, 2013 @ 02:46 pm PST

FIS races World Cup Nordic Roller Ski. SpikeBoarding is near to exactly the same only you are on one slippery board instead of two.

Enrique Cubillo
6th December, 2013 @ 12:46 am PST
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