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Mischo Erban has set a Guinness world record downhill skateboarding speed of 80.74 mph (12...

Traveling at 80.74 mph (129.94 km/h) on four wheels won’t usually grab you a Guinness world record, but when that feat is achieved on a vehicle that relies on only leg power and gravity, it’s another story. That’s just what 28-year old Mischo Erban has done in a record-breaking downhill skateboard run at Les Éboulements in Quebec, Canada, this week.  Read More

The Gnarboard looks like so much fun

The growing availability of high capability electric motors is currently in the process of revolutionizing every aspect of personal transport. In a short time, electric skateboards have gone from being docile and anemic to having enough power to do burn-outs and wheelies. In April we looked at all the available 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-wheel transportation appliances on the market, but envisaged nothing quite like the newly announced US$6100 Gnarboard 4WD Trail Rider with its 3.4 kW of power and peak-power output of 16.5 kW. The Gnarboard accelerates so hard that it can hit its top speed of 28 mph in 1.9 seconds, which is faster than almost anything on the road. Ridden by an expert, it is quite possibly the fastest urban point-to-point conveyance available, yet can be ridden through soft sand and up the steepest of trails. For pure road riding, there's also a slick-tired 4WD road board available.  Read More

As car ownership grows, congestion grows and parking in city centers becomes more expensiv...

Auto China is probably the most influential automobile show in the world at present. China now produces and consumes more cars than any other nation, so its needs will heavily influence personal transport globally in coming decades. Some early trends are emerging as to what we'll see, and as congestion in China increases and parking centrally becomes prohibitively expensive, a car will increasingly only get you part of the way to your destination. Geely and BMW both showed cars with inclusive last-mile transport at Auto China, but the number of last mile Transportation Appliance options under development by auto manufacturers is growing rapidly.  Read More

The Bombora is a wide, long board designed specifically for land-based paddling

Several years ago, Utah-based Kahuna Creations innovated a sport it calls "land paddling." With the simple addition of a balled paddle, longboard skaters have been able to paddle their way around asphalt and concrete, bringing the burgeoning sport of stand-up paddleboarding onto dry land. Kahuna is now updating its land paddling line with a purpose-built longboard modeled after one of its surfboards. The new Bombora Longboard uses a big, surf-style design to make for what is reportedly a smooth, intuitive ride.  Read More

Rockboard is about to release an off-road skateboard called the Descender, that features t...

Pushing wood down grassy gradients can be quite a challenge for standard wheeled boards. There are of course oversized or chunky options available to help smooth over some of the bumps and dips, but hybrid scooter maker Rockboard will shortly be releasing a new all-terrain skateboard called the Descender, that features tank-like treads instead of wheels. While it's clear that you're not going to get the butt-clenching thrill or the hairline-raising speeds offered by adult off-roaders like Scarper's powerboard or the DTV Shredder, with some considered course planning you could still be in for quite a ride.  Read More

PhatBlox add an adjustable quality to your longboard

PhatBlox hardware is designed to give longboarders a new level of control and adjustability on their board. It's also designed to give heavier riders the support that they need. The hardware installs around the trucks and lets boarders make adjustments that fine-tune their ride for the dynamics of the day.  Read More

The SNAP claims to be the world's first folding skateboard

The creators of the SNAP Skateboard bill it as the world's first folding skateboard. The aluminum board folds into three segments so that you can easily transport it when not in use. The hinged, aluminum board is designed for both tricks and cruising. Given that the skateboard has wheels and rolls you where you need to go, we're not sure that it needed to get more portable. But, we suppose that the standard wheeled board can't take you everywhere you need to go, and sometimes you need to slide it in a bag or under your arm, so the smaller, the better.  Read More

Gyroboards adjusts for all experience levels

Hailing from New Zealand, "land of the extreme," the Gyroboard is a balance board for general exercise and off-season training that appears to have the potential to become a fun hobby on its own. Gyro Enterprises, the brains and bills behind the device, says that it helps your core strength, balance and coordination. It can be used for injury rehabilitation, sports training, fitness, etc. The board simulates the movements of board sports like skateboarding and snowboarding, so it's a good way to practice in the comforts of your own backyard or home.  Read More

The aptly-named 'Board of Imagination' moves forward just by having a user think about it,...

Chaotic Moon Labs drew a lot of attention last month at CES 2012 with its motion controlled "Board of Awesomeness," a longboard that a rider controls by gesturing at a Kinect sensor on the front. Apparently though, that was just the beginning. So, how could the studio possibly improve on a skateboard that starts and stops just by having a person move their hands? By not having the rider move at all. The latest creation, the aptly named "Board of Imagination," moves forward just by having a user think about it while wearing an Emotiv EPOC headset.  Read More

The ZBoard claims to be the first weight-sensing electric skateboard

Laying claim to being the "world's first weight-sensing electric skateboard," the ZBoard delivers up to 400 watts of motor power via a simple, lean-and-go interface. The result is that riders will get up to 17 mph worth of speed without having to scuff their soles on the pavement.  Read More

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