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Carveboard Review

Carveboard Tech Details


June 19th, 2009 No comments

We think that most of you have probably either seen the balancing board idea, or tried to make your own. It’s not a particularly new idea yet there seem only a handful of people actually manufacturing these boards.

On the previous page, they talk about improving your balance, your reaction time, and your movements by using the becaboard. We definitely found this to be the case. It’s probably the most addictive thing to have turned up at Sunset Surf for a long time, and it’s not being used by someone.

Not only is it very effective at improving your balance – literally within a few hours you will notice the improvement, but it’s also works key muscles which you use whilst surfing / skating / whatever. Particularly the thigh muscles. Because you can assume the crouched position whilst balancing, literally 15 – 30 minutes a day had made a big difference in the muscle strength to the team here and everyone commented on just how much you feel your muscles being worked after just a short amount of time.

Not only can you use the board for basic balancing, but you can also use it to practice tricks like walking to the nose – some what tricky mind! 180′s and as they say in the blurb the becaboard’s website is full of other tricks that you can attempt!

The build is excellent, the wood is extremely sturdy with stops either end to stop you from slipping of the base should you travel a little too far.

You can also fill the base with sand etc.. to slow the roll down – which is useful for practicing some more technical tricks.

The final point is on the price – I don’t know if it’s just us here, but we have seen similar balancing boards for what seems like a whole lot of money considering what you’re getting. The becaboard will set you back £49.99. I don’t know how much it costs to manufacture something like that, but I do know that it most likely doesn’t cost in excess of £100 although I’m open to be proved wrong!

Overall the becaboard is a pretty valuable weapon in the surfer’s arsenal – with the frequent flat patches we experience it’s an excellent way to keep your muscles and balance on top form and in the comfort of your own home. Highly recommended.






Press Release 

Balance tips in favour of UK surfers

Balance Boards are not a new concept. They have long been established as an essential piece of equipment for surfers in the UK because they allow the practice of balance, stance and tricks during the off season and in the home.

The recent addition to the balance board market, BecaBoard, is no exception. BecaBoard betters reaction time, improves strength and co-ordination while raising overall body awareness though the mastering of various movements, exercises and tricks .

There are however two things that make BecaBoard stand out from the crowd. The first is the price, at £49.99 it compares very favourably with other boards available on the market. The second is that it is designed and manufactured in the UK whereas many boards available are imported from elsewhere.

BecaBoard’s creator, Rebecca Hulme , explains “we are aware how expensive surfing equipment can be so we focused on delivering the highest quality product whilst keeping our pricing very competitive. We also felt it was important to create a product and brand that would support and promote industry here in the UK .”

BecaBoard is available online from at £49.99. The website also provides useful information including instructions on how to perform various tricks on the board.

Carveboard Review

June 19th, 2009 No comments


Make no mistake the Carveboard is going to be big!

It’s already big in the US with big names like Mike Parsons and Brad Gerlach putting their names to the brand.

It’s currently being used in the US for inland surf coaching, helping teach both balance, carving and speed pumping techniques. So how does the Carveboard work? Simply put it’s a low slung mountain board like design allowing an amazing amount of rail to rail turns, carving! The wheels on the standard Carveboard model are slicks as seen in the shots above, and in the dry they don’t let go, allowing you to make crazy turns that you wouldn’t have thought possible.

The similarity between the carving on the Carveboard and carving on a surf board are so close that we don’t think you will find a closer match on anything else.

You can ride it in a steady gentle manner, flowing into turns and still having the feeling you are doing something, rather than some products that don’t really work unless you are taking it to the extreme. If you want to really push the limits, find yourself a nice stretch of tarmac and you can go rail to rail as long as your legs will stand it!

From the surf coaching point of view, it’s incredible just how much the Carveboard helps. You can have a session on the Carveboard and be visualising the turns that you would be making in the water. If you get straight off the Carveboard into the water it’s easy to get back into your rhythm.

The more you push the Carveboard the more you get out of it, through extreme sharp turns the board just keeps gripping giving you a huge amount of trust in the ability of the board.

Going from rail to rail on the virtually flat you can tune up your pumping techniques and in those crazy annoying high pressure spots when the surf is flat, you can keep your muscles toned and ready to go when the swell returns by regularly using the Carveboard.

Check out these testimonials…


“This is the only board

that has ever helped my surfing….”

- Dan Malloy

“Nothing on land

brings you closer to the feeling of surfing…”

- Josh Mohr

“In my mind I’m surfing…it’s a visualization tool “

- Brad Gerlach

“This is gonna be the best training summer for me yet !

I know what I’m doing in the off season…

when the snow sucks, Carveboard!”

- Mark Fawcett / Pro Snowboarder

“My surfing has gotten so much stronger

since I started training on my Carveboard…”

- Ryan Franz

“The Carveboard has brought me back

to the fundamentals of surfing…”

- Micah Pitts

“…Once I told them to think of surfing

they fell right in the groove.

These boards will be a great training tool for our team…”

- Zoran Forgiarini / Educator/Coach


We are going to be following the progress of one of the Sunset Surf team members using the Carveboard on a regular basis, to see just how much their surfing improves. We will be reporting back with the results.

To add a final note, everyone at Sunset Surf who has been on the Carveboard has fallen in love with it. It’s so hard to put across the true sense you get when using the Carveboard, and we can only wholeheartedly recommend that you get one and see for yourselves!

100% No doubt Sunset Surf recommended. The ultimate on land board.

Want to see some Carveboard action?

Check out the following…

Carve Demo Reel :

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Carveboard Malibu Secret :

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Carvestik :

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Carveboard Ridin Tips :

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Carveboard Tech Details

June 19th, 2009 No comments