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
- 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
surfskatetruck system out there
- They’re great for pumping and commuting: much more stable and pumpable than most
- They’re the best surf skates for street/pool/park riding
- They’re very attractive: surf-inspired graphic designs by lifetime ocean surfers
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?
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
equipementcompany 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
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
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
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
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
Key takeaway: due to the way the Slide surf truck is designed, the Slide skateboards are lower riding, more stable, but less
Focus: Slide vs Carver
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
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.
Also, the price of a pair of Carver trucks will almost get you a complete Slide
All in all, which
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
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
The front surf truck doesn’t use a bushing, which some argue results in a slightly less flowy feel compared to other
An important aspect of a
The Slide truck’s swing arm doesn’t rotate as wide as other
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
Most of Slide’s skateboard shapes are inspired from popular surfboard designs from the 60s and the 70s, such as:
Fish tail (
Diamond tail single fin (70s):
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.
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 Sunset Beach 32″ fish tail 65mm wheels:
- Slide Urban Camo 32″ fish tail 65mm wheels:
- Slide Black Sox 31″ squash tail 65mm wheels
- Slide White Sox 33″ 65mm wheels:
Some riders mount the Slide truck onto normal street decks for good skatepark performance.
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
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
Classic surf-style carving and pool/park riding, that’s exactly what the Slide
At almost half the price of a Carver, and with solid quality and durability, the Slide skateboard offers a compelling