Slide Skateboard Review: The Affordable Quality Surfskate

If you’re new to surf skating and looking to pick your first surf skate, you’ve probably heard of the Slide skateboards.  While Slide is not as publicized as other surf skate brands, it’s been carving (pardon the pun) a nice spot for itself in the land surfing world.

Why would a wannabe surf skater look at a Slide skateboards vs a more established brand out there?  Here are a few key aspects that make Slide skateboards stand out from the bunch:

  • They’re very affordable – as low as half the price of other surf skates
  • They’re quality built: manufactured in Spain, strong material and components
  • They’re very push-friendly: the lowest riding surfskate truck system out there
  • They’re great for pumping and commuting: much more stable and pumpable than most surfskate trucks
  • They’re the best surf skates for street/pool/park riding
  • They’re very attractive: surf-inspired graphic designs by lifetime ocean surfers

Suprisingly, to date there is precious little information available on the Slide skateboards. In this post, I will share what I’ve learned through my own and other riders’ experience riding these boards.

If you’re new to surf skate and would like to learn more about what it is and how to get started, first check out my in-depth post here.

Who makes the Slide surfskates?

Side skateboards review

Slide is a partnership between 3 entities:

  • A Taiwanese engineer, June Liu, who initially designed and engineered the Slide truck, a spring-loaded multidirectional, torsion surf carve truck system which equips all Slide skateboards
  • Hot Buttered, a well-known Australian surf equipement company which manufactures skateboards and trucks since 1987 (OZE brand)
  • Sancheski, Europe’s oldest (and legendary) skateboard manufacturer in Irun, Northern Spain, which produces and markets the Slide brand in Europe.

Sancheski is a respected company that has been involved in the surf, ski and skateboarding industry in Europe for decades and has lots of experience making quality products, both vintage and leading-edge.

While the Slide surf truck was first designed in Taiwan, the current Slide skateboards are designed by Sancheski with a strong focus on both quality and price.

Over the last couple of years, the Slide surf truck has also undergone major improvements and has been made very strong and durable.  The “Newave” truck now equips all new Slide completes.

Slide surf truck

It’s worth noting there are a lot of copies of the Slide truck out there, often mounted on cheaper decks (like it’s the case for Carver and Yow trucks for example). A close look at copycats, however, typically reveals visible differences in the molding.  The copies I’ve seen so far are based on the older truck version.

What are the Slide surfskates good for?

The Slide skateboards are quite different from other surf skates.  The first thing that strikes you when getting on a Slide is its great stability for a surf skate. This is mainly due to 3 things:

  • Low truck height, making the board ride lower to the ground
  • A tighter spring, making the front truck less loose than others
  • A constrained turning angle of the front truck torsion system

A key consequence of this stability and low height is that the Slide is highly pushable, something rarely found in surf skates.  The adjustable nut on the front truck furthermore lets you easily increase the resistance in the spring whenever you’re ready for some serious pushing.

Also, the limited turning angle and relative tightness of the front truck – and the tall risers that come stock with the truck – makes the Slide virtually wheelbite-free

The surf truck system with its tight and constrained torsion spring also make the Slide a capable pumping board due to having just the right amount of turn in the front truck and a stable “normal” truck in the rear. 

In other words, Slide skateboards are great for the following types of riders:

  • Beginner surf skaters e.g. surfers who are seeking effective cross-training but don’t have skateboarding experience – stability is essential here.
  • Short distance commuters (1-2 miles) in tight city areas.  You can push and pump comfortably through town on a Slide without killing yourself.  Slide boards provide a low ride, responsive pumping, and easy pushing.
  • Carving lovers looking for the next step beyond a regular carving longboard (e.g. the Loaded Poke).  The Slide truck allows for tight turns without being overly loose.
  • More experienced Surf skaters who want to do street, pool, and skatepark style riding.  Slide surf skates are stable and low riding enough for these styles. 

As mentioned, the Slide skateboards are well suited for pool riding as they are not excessively turny. The trucks are also low enough for riding pool and park. You can remove some of the stacked risers and run smaller wheels to make the board even lower to the ground, which works better for pool and vert tricks. 

The Slide surf truck is also grindable for street tricks since it has no kingpin.

Slide vs other surfskates

If you’ve read this far, you may be considering getting a Slide surfskate.  If so, you probably want to know how Slide skateboards compare to other surfskates, such as Carver, Yow, Swelltech, or Smoothstar.

As always when it comes to skateboards/longboards, which board will best suit you depends on your riding style and goals, and of course, your budget.

The first thing to note is that the Slide truck is noticeably more stable, lower riding, but less turny than a Yow, Swelltech and Smoothstar, all of which have very loose trucks – the Swelltech truck actually spins a full 180º. 

Landlocked surfers looking for surf cross-training will typically choose a Yow, Swelltech or Smoothstar as they provide the closest feeling to a riding on a surfboard in waves.

On the flip side, Swelltech, Yow and Smoothstar surfskates are generally too twitchy and unstable for city commuting. Again, these trucks are very loose and turny, making pushing and commuting even over shorter distances challenging and tedious over time.

Key takeaway: due to the way the Slide surf truck is designed, the Slide skateboards are lower riding, more stable, but less turny than other surfskates.

Focus: Slide vs Carver

Carver surfskates stand somewhere in the middle, being not as loose as the above “surfier” truck systems, but looser than the Slide.  Carver boards are easier to push and commute on than their “pure surf” counterparts, particularly when set up on a longer deck (e.g. Triton or Hedron).

Many surfskate riders not looking for a hardcore surf simulation will choose a Carver CX.4 front truck for a good “all-around” surfskate feel.  It allows them to practice surf carving and pumping (including uphill) while not being excessively loose so as to get in the way of some cruising and commuting.

So how does a Slide board compare to a Carver? A lot of it is a matter of personal taste.  The Slide truck is tighter and stiffer than the CX or C7. Some riders like a looser truck for more of a surfy feel, while others prefer the stability of a Slide while still getting that carving experience.

Another key distinguishing factor is ride height.  Slide skateboards ride noticeably lower than Carver boards, making them more comfortable for pushing and commuting beyond very short distances.

The Slide surfskates are also much more capable than the Carver skateboards for doing street tricks, pool and skatepark riding – again due to their much lower center of gravity and better stability.

Also, the price of a pair of Carver trucks will almost get you a complete Slide surfskate.  A Carver complete may cost as much as 2 Slide surf skates, and a Yow is more than 50% pricier.

All in all, which surfskate you choose depends on how you want to ride.  If you’re a beginner, a Slide skateboard is a great choice due to its stability and constrained range of motion in the front truck.  However, whether the Slide truck will later meet your needs depends on what you’re looking for, that is, where you want to be on that skate-vs-surf style range.

For many riders, the Slide range of motion is just perfect as they value the ability to comfortably shred in a pool or on a vert, do street tricks on a surfskate, and push/pump on longer commutes.

For others, the Carver CX or C7 gives them more “radical” tight turns and freedom while still being able to do some commuting – albeit at the cost of more effort than on a Slide.  Slide fans, however, reply that with the right skills, you can go as radical as you want on a Slide, and enjoy the nice carving and pumping ability.

Check out this cool video on Facebook which shows a Slide, a Smoothstar, and a Carver on a ramp.

The Slide surf truck

The Slide surf truck is a very strong and durable truck built around Slide’s patented torsion surf-carve system.

The truck has 2 bolts, a horizontal one for stiffening or loosening the spring, and a vertical one that works like a traditional kingpin, e.g. for disassembling the truck. 

The front surf truck doesn’t use a bushing, which some argue results in a slightly less flowy feel compared to other surfskate systems.  On the other hand, the absence of bushing in the front, along with the tall spacers that come by default with the truck, help keep the Slide skateboards wheelbite-free despite their low height.

An important aspect of a surfskate, however, is the back truck bushing.  Slide has done a great job with that in its latest version of the truck.

The Slide truck’s swing arm doesn’t rotate as wide as other surfskate trucks, around 35º to the right and to the left. As I mentioned before, while surfers may see it as limiting for doing very radical turns, the truck works really well for carving and pumping as well as street and skatepark riding.

In Europe, besides complete skateboards, the Slide surf truck can be purchased standalone, starting at around 60€ (for example here).

Slide complete setups

Slide offers a broad range of complete surfskates.  Some are designed in Australia (by Hot Buttered), others in Spain (Sancheski), while a few are developed collaboratively by the two entities.

The Slide surfskates are very competitively priced under $200.  If you’re looking for an even better deal, check out the following models available on Amazon:

Slide skateboards Sunset Beach
Slide Urban Camo 32"
Slide skateboards Black Sox 31"

The complete surfskates come with quality 65mm or 75mm wheels with a soft 78A durometer – giving you good carving traction and comfortable commuting.  The smaller wheels are best suited for street and park, while the 70mm work best for longer, faster commutes.

Most of Slide’s skateboard shapes are inspired from popular surfboard designs from the 60s and the 70s, such as:

Swallow tail nose rider (60s):

Slide skateboards Swallow Tail Nose Rider

Fish tail (70s):

Slide skateboards fish tail

Diamond tail single fin (70s):

Slide skateboards diamond single

For some shape styles, the skateboards come in a choice of beautiful designs and colors, with a couple of deck sizes between 30″ and 33″.  The Slides all come equipped with the Newave surf truck.

Some riders mount the Slide truck onto normal street decks for good skatepark performance.

Takeaways

There’s something about the Slide surf truck and surf skates.  They’re super low, super nice to pump, super affordable.

The Slide rides differently than the pure surf alternatives.  More stable, lower, easier.  You can actually push and commute on it. And if you’re new to surfskating, it’s a perfect board to start with.

Yet, as you get better, the Slide will let you carve some pretty cool turns while pumping and pushing your way through town.  If you’re a street,and park kind of rider, a Slide is probably the best surfskate for you out there. 

Classic surf-style carving and pool/park riding, that’s exactly what the Slide surfskate is designed for.

At almost half the price of a Carver, and with solid quality and durability, the Slide skateboard offers a compelling surfskate alternative. Slide’s fan base has been growing continuously, and for a reason.

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Photo credits:
http://www.slidesurfskateboards.com
https://web.facebook.com/SLIDESKATEBOARDS

38 comments

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As always, I try to answer as many of your questions as possible. Since the forum is better organized, other riders may also help answer your questions. You can still post comments here if you want to but from now on, I'll mainly be monitoring the forum. Ride on!

    • Sorry I haven’t tried the BTFL so I can’t comment! But if you get a chance to them, perhaps you could share your experience here?
      Ride on!
      Jesse

  • Great article, I bougth one today because your extensive review. I’m 46 years old and after a life sailing, windsurfing, motorcycling and other sports I’ve started Longboard and got completly inlove, I was looking somethig els than the traditional longboard to have more surf sensations and this is what I was looking for. Thanks

    • Hey Martin, really stoked my review helped you pick the right surfskate for you. The Slide is a great board to get started in surf skating, it’s affordable, stable, push-friendly, and has good value. Later on you may decide to move to a looser, more radical truck like a YOW, Waterborne or Swelltech, or to a more classic surf feel like the C7. Ride on!
      Jesse

  • I am 62 years old….just started skating but surfed So Cal for 15 years. I have a Slide board and it is working ok….I dont have anything else to base my opinion on. I am learning to pump it….it seems hard for me….but in time I hope it gets easier as I can handle more speed as I am agile. I am sure I will get a second board in the future. I am into carving for speed as I like a fast board. Great article…..one of the best I have read on the subject. Look forward to your future posts! JR

    • Hey Jim, thanks for the positive comments, really appreciate it. Pumping takes a bit of practice but it will quickly become second nature, especially since you’re a surfer. Agility is important too. Have you seen my article on pumping? If not you can check it out here. Once you can pump, the carving on those surf skateboards is insane. With regards to your next board, check out this post I wrote based on my small survey of the most popular surf skates. The article includes some brand comparisons.
      Ride on! Jesse

      • Hi. Thanks for the great info. I think I am aiming for a slide over a surf skate. I am very much a beginner in both surf and skate. But the skate aspect was to improve the surfing ( ie. balance and turns when not in water). So was essentially looking for an all-rounder in terms of stability, ride ability (or easy to ride and learn) and small commuting and the ability to practice turns etc when the Surfing gets better (or to train surfing). Any ideas on what board would be suitable? I’m 6’2 and about 75 kgs. Thanks!

        • Yes, the Slide is a good all-arounder also suitable for some short commuting. The Flow is also a good option, it’s similar to the Slide though not as evolved, I use it for pumping/carving over a few miles. There are other options as well, check out this newer post here.

    • Hi Thomas, the Slide truck has a horizontal bolt for stiffening or loosening the spring. You can also change the rear truck bushings for a harder or softer one – Slide recently switched to a harder bushing which improved the riding feel significantly. Other than that there’s no special setting. Check out this section for details about the Slide truck.

      • Many thanks for your answer. I am still a little bit confused. I understand the function of the horizontal bolt only as an option to restrict the angle, but not for a for a harder or softer setup (as it is possible, for example with the Carver C7 system)

  • Hi, thanks for all the great info – I’ve read all of your surfskate articles! I’m a 6’3″ 200lb absolute beginner, and I’m trying to decide between Slide and Yow. I was leaning towards Slide because they’re affordable and sound like a good way to get my feet wet until I noticed they don’t come in larger sizes. Everything I’ve read seems to point someone of my size to setups 35″ and larger, but Slide maxes out at 33″. Any insight or advice?

    • Hey Hassan, as a complete beginner, and given your size, indeed I would probably go for a bigger and/or stronger trucks. YOW may be too loose for you to start with, it’s a highly surf-oriented truck making it less stable than others for newer riders (especially bigger guys). I would say consider investing in a Carver if you can afford it, or alternatively get a solid non-surfskate deck of a good size with a Carver CX truck set. I just published a review of the brand new Loaded Omakase which is a super-strong (bamboo + fiberglass) and super-side deck, 33.5″ by 10″, awesome for carving and pumping. The Omakase will do wonders with Carver trucks. Just Google “loaded omakase review” to see my post.
      You can also check my older Loaded Poke review (again, just type “loaded Poke review” in Google) which is the deck I’ve been riding with CX trucks for many months, but now that I have my hands on the Omakase I will set it up with the Carver trucks asap – or perhaps even with a C7.
      Ride on!

      • Hey ! Thank you for the great articles ! Really enjoyed learning. I am a beginner surfer and trying to practise more on the ground my stability and manoeuvers while using the board for short commutes . I am 6 ft and 14 stones . After reading your articles it seems the slide or the carver c7 would suit me best . Since its very hard to find a shop that has both to try . Budget aside . What would you recommend ?thanks in advance !

        • Hey Ramy, both Carver and Slide are good choices for beginner surf training as well as short commuting, since neither is too loose and both are quite stable for normal riding. The C7 is surfier than the Slide though, and closer to longboard-style surf feel, while the Slide is more stable for pushing, street tricks, and park riding. The Slide is also lower riding than the Carvers, so easier to push on for traveling A to B. The Slide is also much more affordable than the C7, but you may get more mileage out of a Carver as they’re really durable.
          In summary, if you’re a complete surf beginner and you want comfortable commuting and perhaps some bowl riding, go for a Slide. If you’re planning on becoming a serious surfer and don’t mind a little extra effort when getting around, and you have the budget, choose the Carver. Hope this helps!

  • Hey, thanks for the great review!

    Pretty much sold on the slide after reading this however just checked out there website and there’s loads of options in-terms of size and shape any advice on which size/shape to go for? I’m 6’2, 180lbs not sure if that’s important.

    Thanks again!

    • Hey Mills, what matters the most for a beginner is wheelbase (distance between trucks) and foot platform. You’re a big guy so I’d go for something on the longer side e.g. 32″ or 33″ – like this one or this one (wider, better for a 12+ shoe size). Of course there are many other factors at play but if you’re just getting started that will give you the stability and secure feel you need. Hope this helps. ride on!

  • Hello

    Anyone tried the “Premiere Blackout – Swell Tech Trucks”, I like the sound of the longer deck and would appreciate some feedback

  • Hey! Thank you for your article – it’s really great to get all those insights!

    I would like to get a Slide board, but I am not really sure which one to chose. Would you mind, giving me some advice about which to chose?

    I’m not a complete beginner but I only skated, snowboarded and surfed occasionally. I live in Vienna, so I want a board that is agile enough for a city and usage on bicycle lanes, but I also want to use it for commuting to uni with my backpack on (it’s almost 1,5 miles to go there) and therefore need a board that is also kind of stable. The road to go to uni provides occasional stops, rather less traffic and not the very smoothest concrete. If it’s relevant, I’m 1,70m tall.

    I’m thinking of choosing either Fish 32 (because it looks veeery cool), the Diamond Belharra 32 or a Gussie 31. I’d like to have a rather stable surfskate (because of the backpack) so I’m not sure which one to chose… If you could help me with your opinion, I’d be very happy about that!

    Have a great day!

    • Hey Kathi, personally I don’t think I’d choose a surfskate for commuting 3 miles (round-trip), those surf trucks are great for surf carving and pumping but exhausting for traveling distance – even though Slide is one of the more stable ones and hence better for commuting than YOW etc. There are some great city slashers you can carve really well which are a commuting dream such as the Loaded Omakase (see my review), Loaded Poke (review), and Coyote (review – smaller and nimbler, great for tricks, yet an awesome city commuter).

      I’m currently developing a new longboard selector tool, still adding and categorizing boards every day but you can check it out here, select the “city slashing” and “city transport” options and take a look at the choices that come up.

      If you still want a surf skate, be sure to pick one with as long a wheelbase as possible, commuting on it will be much less tiresome!
      Ride on, Jesse

      • Hey Jesse,

        thank you so much for your answer!

        I was just not sure if a non-surfskate is that useful for unexpected obstacles in a city or at more crowded places. And I thought that a surfskate might be more fun since I don’t need to drive to uni but could also walk or take my bike… But I might reconsider and have a look at the Globe Chromatic (Loaded is a bit outside the price range).

        Ride on,
        Kathi

        • Surfskates are super fun and turny but again not always the best for commuting – unless you put a surf truck on a larger deck, I run Carver CX trucks on my Loaded Poke and I can pump for miles on that thing. A regular cruiser will definitely be responsive and turny enough to avoid cracks and pebbles. But if you’re really into surf carving & pumping, you may actually enjoy riding the Slide to school, just make sure you pack an extra shirt as you’ll be sweating!

  • Hay Jesse,
    Thanks for the great article. It was very helpful. But I had a few questions to help narrow it down. I am a beginner and I have some experience surfing and I skim board. I would be using it in my driveway for practice and at my cottage during the summer. I am 14 and I am 5’10”.
    Thanks
    Declan

    • Hey Declan, if you’re a surfer and a skimboarder you may want to check out the Swelltech (see my post here), it’s the closest to surfing and really great for driveway slashing and radical cutbacks surf-style pumping. I typically don’t recommend this board for non-surfers because it’s very unstable, loose and turny, but if you’re surfer – and on top of that a skimboarder – it’s probably worth checking it out. Just make sure to wear knee/wrist pads while you’re learning.
      Check out this video I made.
      PS: the Slide is also cool for pumping and carving but IMO it’s nowhere as close to surfing as the Swelltech.
      Aloha!

      • Thanks for the help. But are there any surfskate boards that are like Swelltech but a little less expensive?
        Thanks
        Declan

        • Hey again Declan, yeah the Swelltech is quite pricey, and so are the Carvers. The most affordable (quality) brands I know of are Slide and Flow. Flow comes in at under $150 but is made by the same company that makes DB Longboards so it’s good quality even though the truck is perhaps not as evolved as Slide. I find the Flow Wedge pretty surfy, not like the Swelltech but it provides some pretty nice surf carving – I ride it a lot. Check out my post here and my video here.
          Ride on!

  • Hi!
    Great article and thanks for making the surfskate world a little bit more narrowed for those we want to start on it!

    I’ve been looking for a slide surfskate for a while and slide picked up my attention since a while for the affordability and home brand.
    I am a girl who surfs in an intermediate level with a 5’10 and a mini malibu but definitely beginner with this weights around 99 lbs and 5’3 looking to have a little push on my surf a little of short commute and maybe later on get on a bowl (little of everything), which one would you recommend from Slide?

    Thanks again!!
    Ride on!

    • Hey Albi, given your size I would say go for a smaller board, in the Slide lineup that means a 30″ deck. If you want something that’s easy to learn, commute, and eventually ride pool on, you may want to choose a full deck outline (not a swallow tail or tapered nose) e.g. the Quad Sunset, the Joyful Splatter or equivalent shape. The Gussie would be pretty comfortable for traveling too but the 31″ length may be overkill for you.
      An alternative option you could look at is the Triton Nitron (from Carver), still affordable and 28″ in length. That would not be as comfortable for commuting but snappier for surf training.
      Hope this helps, aloha!

  • Hi dude.
    Have you heard of OBfive skateboards or Globe Costa surf skateboard? They are well sold here in Australia and needed to find a review on how it compares to Slide or Carvers skates, which are the kind I’m looking for, but they are a bit more expensive around here. Cheers

    • Hey Lucas, heart of them yeah but haven’t tried them so can’t really comment. Do share your experience here after you ride them if you can!

      • Hi, just got the Globe Costa today with the Revenge trucks. It is actually a cruiser board with lots of surf feel, and not a real surfskate, so I was disappointed with that, but guess it was my fault I didn’t research enough before buying. But it is a nice quality skate, with more surf feel than I had ever ridden before, but it doesn’t move like a surfskate, as both trucks have a torsion motion (limited comparing with those of surfskate), not only the front one. Well, I’ll keep this board and enjoy it for the moment, might acquire that waterborne adaptation truck in the future.

        • Hey Lucas, sorry I didn’t see your earlier message before, in any case I haven’t tested that specific setup so wouldn’t have been able to comment first hand. This board seems to have most of the requirements for a good surfskate, solid cruiser shape, 31″ deck length for snappy turns, 21″ wheelbase which should be great for distance pumping. I think the Revenge trucks are very pumpable, so that’s something. You have quality deck and wheels, and if you want to turn this thing into a real surfskate, like you said you can slap some Waterbornes on it, or down the line (no pun intended) you can get a pair of Carver CX or C7 (if you have the budget) or YOW trucks for true surf slashing. Great buy anyway. Ride on!

          • Yeah, agree Kahuna. The skate does have a pump, and a real nive feel. Will keep this and probably in the future try the YOW trucks, which is more affordable here in Australia and would be a more extreme adaptation. Thanks

        • Hey Lucas. Just curious, does it do a good job as a cruiser? It might be a decent option for those looking for a surfy cruiser. More suitable for going longer distances etc.

  • Great review. I’ve just purchased a TBF 31″ x 9.5″ with Slide trucks. As soon as it arrives I’ll be able to see how it compares to my ‘The One’ deck with Bennett-Vector 5″ on the front for LDP (Holey RKP on the back at 90 degrees; so lots of ‘lean’, but not a lot of ‘turn’) 🙂

  • Hi, great article, as all other articles I found out here.
    I am thinking about buying a Slide skateboard.
    I only ride once a skateboard and I loved the experience but I am a newbie so I am following your advice about buying a Slide.

    I am 5’9” and I am not sure which model should I buy.
    I was thinking about either Fish 32 Marrajo 2020 or Gussie Amuitz 31.

    What do you think? Do you have any other suggestions?
    Thanks a lot

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