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Although the idea of riding a skateboard that feels like riding a surfboard has long been desired, no skateboard had yet achieved this. One young man named Colin Newton of California decided that he would make such a board and truck system. Beginning in his garage and undergoing many designs and continuous testing...
Although the idea of riding a skateboard that feels like riding a surfboard has long been desired, no skateboard had yet achieved this. One young man named Colin Newton of California decided that he would make such a board and truck system. Beginning in his garage and undergoing many designs and continuous testing, the eighteen year old designed and built the SurfSkate skateboard and truck system that has since been recognized at the 2011 Surf Expo show in Orlando, Florida as the most innovative new skateboard product.
Colin and his father, Michael Newton, realized at the outset that they needed expert intellectual property counsel, and they turned to the patent attorneys at Gesmer Updegrove LLP. In December 2011, SurfSkate Industries, LLC was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,079,604 on their skateboard and truck system, and many corresponding foreign patent applications remain pending. Michael Newton says that "the patent and trademark services and advice provided by the patent attorneys at Gesmer Updegrove have been insightful. Our attorney (Gesmer Updegrove partner William Hilton) took the time to truly understand our unique design and concept, and explained to us the best way to patent our product.”
The high performance SurfSkate skateboard includes a front truck assembly that rotates 360 degrees about one axis and 40 degrees about another axis providing substantial freedom of movement of the front trucks (like the front of a surfboard on water), while the rear truck assembly provides stability and grip (like the fin of a surfboard on water). With this combination of freedom of movement and grip, the rider is able to experience surfing on streets. The design of the front truck assembly also provides tremendous stability, even at speeds in excess of 45 mph (not officially recommended), due to the location of the primary pivot axis with respect to the front truck hanger. Visit http://surfskate.com for video footage.
SurfSkate Industries, LLC was formed in October 2009, and to date has sold over 4,500 skateboards in 18 countries