Gear Review | A Surf-Simulating Skateboard Like None Other

Photo by Aaron Black-Schmidt
Photo by Aaron Black-Schmidt

Skate Like You’re Surfing on the Bureo “Ahi” Recycled Carver Board

Standup paddlers generally abide a “ride everything” philosophy. Paddling distance? A 14-foot displacement hull will work just fine. Groveling in summertime slop? A fun-shape 10’0″ makes for a fun ride on even the smallest ripples. Hitting the river? Inflatable, please. Barrels pumping? Drop it down to a 7’6″, add some slight nose rocker and wallah, time to get tubed.

But riding everything doesn’t necessarily end with SUP, or the water for that matter. For the many paddlers like me who enjoy taking their board-riding style to the streets, the Ahi by Bureo is a surfing simulator like no skateboard we’ve ever seen.

Photo by JP Van Swae

For its current lineup of skate sticks – the Ahi being the largest option – Bureo teamed up with Carver to create a ride that literally lets you surf the pavement. The boards come equipped with the Carver CX Mini 5″ truck setup—featuring a reversed kingpin on the front truck that enables riders to not only carve a tighter radius but also to pump into speed rather than kick-push. With the Ahi I found I can go from zero to flying on flat ground without ever taking a foot off the deck, just by pumping quick turns much like I would to gain momentum while SUP surfing. At speed, the Ahi’s setup allows for compact, powerful carves that simulate laying a surfboard on rail. Once you get the feel down, you’ll be cranking turns that look and feel surfy enough to satiate your wave-riding bug on even the flattest days.

Graphic courtesy of Bureo
Graphic courtesy of Bureo.

What’s even more unique than the board’s feel is its composition. Where the vast majority of skateboards are made out of wood, Bureo’s layup consists of plastic—recycled plastic fish nets. Bureo is an ocean-lifestyle brand founded on environmentalism, and as such, the signature material for their latest line of skateboards and sunglasses (the latter of which will be featured in our online sunglasses review this Fall) is a composite of reclaimed fishnet collected off the Chilean coast. Bureo locates and pulls the polluted fish traps from the Pacific, melts the material down and reforms it into products we can’t help but love. What’s more? Molding boards from plastic means design capability wood simply can’t offer. The Ahi comes equipped with a hole in the nose that can be used to lock your board up with a bike lock. And with “fish-scale” grip ingrained into the board itself, Bureo’s recycled carvers require only a modest amount of well-positioned grip tape to stay glued to your feet.

It’s true: as standup paddlers, we prescribe to the “ride everything” life. But as of right now, the only thing you’ll find me riding is the Ahi, off the water, anyway. –MM

Photo by Aaron Black-Schmidt

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