Change your Skateboarding Stance

Change your Skateboarding Stance

A wide stance gives you more leverage over the board and will help you pump harder from a stand still, especially if you use the tail.  
A narrow stance lets you put more pressure on your rails between the wheels, giving you more hold. A very narrow stance is often considered more stylish and skillful, because it requires excellent balance. 
Stance can feel like something that is natural to you, but really it is something that you can change dynamically. With practice you can get used to wide, narrow, and everything in between. Riding a surfskate or surfing itself is a three way dance between the terrain, and rider, and the board. Each reacts and requires a different reaction from one another.
Practice different stances and you may find your feet naturally dancing to different places on the board as you perform different maneuvers. 
February 19, 2024 — Patrick Dumas
Spend Time in your Element: Why we need to take back our recreation time.

Spend Time in your Element: Why we need to take back our recreation time.

The Point of this message is that we need to reconsider how we are using our time each day. Consumer data tells us that youth participation in outdoor activities is weening from its pandemic high. Older adults seem to be carrying an outdoor recreation torch that the younger generation is 'on mass' to preoccupied to pick up. 
Globally we average 7 hours of screen time daily.
Gen Z averages 9 hours of screen time daily. 
Granted some of that screen time is productive, but the attention economy is an industry that has existed since the advent of television, however is has never had the appeal and effectiveness that it has today. The extraction and sale of our recreational time is a serious threat to the human experience. We hope that upon learning this, you turn off your screen, place it in a drawer, and step outside into a place that brings you joy. While that might not be a boat on a lake, it's amazing what how appreciative a mind in the present moment is for the experience of undistracted observation. 
February 19, 2024 — Patrick Dumas
Consider the Lifespan of your Purchase

Consider the Lifespan of your Purchase

Quality is Repairability.
You can build the worlds most reliable engine, however if you can't change the oil yourself, then the customer is done a great disservice.
At Waterborne these considerations run deep in our design process. We look at how long something can last. How easily it can be fixed, with what kind of tools?  How much knowledge about those tools does it require?  If you can use one of our products, then you inherently have the knowledge necessary to repair them. Thats an important design criteria for us. A return and repair service is great, but if something doesn't need to be sent back to the manufacturer to be fixed, thats even better for everyone! We have the great satisfaction of knowing that nearly all of the Surf Adapters that we have shared with he world are still on the road today. It's thanks to our careful design consideration, and the confidence of our customers to take care of their hardware. 
February 19, 2024 — Patrick Dumas
Waterborne takes Product Failure Seriously

Waterborne takes Product Failure Seriously

Years ago when manufacturing the first Real Production Surf Adapters, (not the first prototype or the first one we used to make videos, but the first ones that would be sent to people across the world). We had received samples from our manufacturer and it did not take very many hours of hard riding on them to determine that these Surf Adapters would bend out of shape under hard abuse. Once they bent out of shape, the geometry was changed, they didn't feel quite the same, and it was clear that these did not meet our expectations. 
    There was a thought that, "it did not really matter, since very few people were going to ride them as hard as we did." It was short sighted thinking, stemming from disappointment in the results of our testing. Remanufacturing is a huge stress for any sized business, but start ups are particularly vulnerable to bad decision making in the face of this kind of pressure. That logic was quickly resisted by an older member of the team who pointed out, "aren't we making these for ourselves, and people who ride like us?" This simple revelation has guided us for many years, and through dozens upon dozens of product developments. 
    We fail constantly, but its the ability to swallow those tough pills that lets us move on, and and eventually develop skateboards and accessories that people trust at their limits. We never shy away from admitting that something can be done better. 
February 19, 2024 — Patrick Dumas

2023 Founder Recap

Hello Waterborne Riders and Community,
It's been a privilege to innovate for you all for yet another year. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what our small, and passionate team has pulled off in 2023. 
Please take a moment to reflect with us, and appreciate what you all have made possible. Thank you, and Happy New Year!
Waterborne Skateboards 
This year we released our first Artist Series! These boards were created with artwork by artists representing a wide variety of places, and artistic mediums. They all created beautiful works that represent their connection with a life in and of the water. We are so excited to share the 2024 collection with you in the coming months. 
DREAM Surf Truck - The crown jewel of our design team, the DREAM embodies our desire to make the very best truck system. The length of the pivot arm is the key to its smooth glide, and flow at high speed. It's the centerpiece to our complete boards. 
What began as a class clown became the most popular kid in school when we brought a 64" long electric surfskate to a esk8 racing event. The board proved it's worth at taking corners at high speed with control and grace. They weren't laughing at it, they were laughing with it! We are very proud to have made our first electric skateboard this year, and thrilled to show it off at Esk8con this year! 
Rail Adapter V2 - Earlier models of the Rail Adapter could be plagued with a rattling noise, the solution to which eluded us for some time. The previously oval shaped hole that allows the Rail Adapter to pivot, was a tight fit around the Kingpin. A tight fit should keep things from vibrating right? Wrong! Inspired by the innovative work of Venom Bushings and Caliber trucks, an insert bushing now isolates the Rail Adapter kingpins for a completely silent ride. 
The JET-X is our most controversial project ever. People aren't sure if it is a joke, a scam, a representation of all that is wrong with skateboarding. The truth is, it's a skateboard with a powerful combustion jet engine, and and DREAM Surf Trucks. We look forward to improving its performance, and sharing more of it in 2024. 
FIN System Limiter - Last but certainly not least is a product that I has been on my mind for ages! This is a component that interfaces the FIN System holes on a Waterborne truck, to limit its turning. It's very useful on electric boards, and for beginner riders. However it marks the further development of new ideas for the FIN System as a diverse customization technology. Its so exciting to add another facet to its versatility. As always more to come on that front! 
January 01, 2024 — Patrick Dumas