How to choose your Carver surfskate?
Carver is the inventor and the reference brand on the surfskate market. It offers a wide range of models for different users and types of use. Carver surfskates make you feel like you are surfing on the asphalt, and for the magic to happen you have to choose your truck and board.
The choice of truck and board depends on your profile: your level in skateboarding and board sports, your size (height and weight), the type of use you want (ride, urban cruising, bowls, freestyle).
How to choose your truck carver?
The Carver surfskates have several different types of trucks: the C7 truck, the CX truck or the C5 truck.
These trucks were created to offer excellent performance depending on the type of use, so it is important to understand their technical characteristics and how they work to make the right choice.
Truck C7: Versatile and smooth curves
Level : beginner to expert
The patented C7 truck is designed to recreate the feeling of gliding on the water with a surfboard, on a skateboard. It consists of a rotating arm with 2 torsion axes to which a spring is added to efficiently restore the energy between the changes of support. With this truck you don't need to push with your leg, you just need to pump to move forward and gain speed. Thanks to its stability and flexibility, it favors long turns and beautiful fluid curves. It's the ideal truck for cruising and starting out in surfboarding if you've never skateboarded in your life thanks to its stability and ease of pumping.
This truck is the invention of the surfskate system and the one that made the reputation of the Carver brand. It is the most complete truck and the one that comes closest to the fluidity of surfing the surface of a wave.
Truck CX : Freestyle and Bowl
Level : intermediate to expert
The CX truck is a classic inverted axle truck, a hybrid between a surfskate and a skateboard, it takes more angle and is lighter offering more reactivity and grip to send short and powerful turns. This truck allows you to perform aerial tricks with a good landing, to take speed with control and to pump to advance like on the C7 truck thanks to its reversed axis system. Less stable and more playful, it is intended for experienced skateboarders and snowboarders to explore bowls, skatepark wanting to progress, push their limits and send radical tricks.
Truck C5 : Freestyle and Street
Level: advanced to expert
The C5 truck is narrower and lower than the CX truck but more stable, it allows you to send jumps and make tight turns. This truck was developed for freestyle, aerial tricks are in order with a good stability in reception. It also offers a good pumping ability to gain speed like the C7 truck thanks to its inverted axle system. This is the ideal truck to send tricks in the streets and skateparks, it is intended for a public of confirmed skaters.
How to choose your carver surfskate ?
Working with world-class surfers and shape shops, the Carver line offers a multitude of shapes to suit every taste and use: from aggressive shortboards to retro longboards, cruisers, mini cruisers, wide, round or compact.
Depending on your height and weight, choose a size that corresponds to your size and your desired style of use.
For small and light sizes, go for short boards and for big and heavy sizes for long boards.
If you are new to skateboarding or board sports, consider a long and wide board.
For riding style, short boards will be more aggressive with fast and tight turns while long boards will draw longer and smoother turns.
Long: Over 32" long, these boards draw long, smooth turns and are easy to pump and pick up speed. This is the ideal board for long rides and beginner to expert riders.
Medium: From 30" to 32" long, these boards are versatile and offer good stability and maneuverability, they are perfect for training surf, carving and long distance riding. For all levels, they can also be used in skateparks and bowls.
Shorts: - 30" long, these models are maneuverable and fast, they draw short turns. These boards are excellent in skateparks but will also be useful for city rides. They are intended for experienced skateboarders of rather light and small size.