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Gen 1: total death trap but proved concept that a regular skateboard could be adapted into a surf-skate with a bit of modification. Wood block screwed into deck, with a lazy susan screwed into the block, and a cruiser truck bolted to that. A couch  spring was attached to the kingpin and to a bolt through the deck for stability. (build time 4 hours, Cheap Amazon cruiser)
 Gen 2: utilized a shopping cart caster to handle off-center load. first board to really feel surfy. The Gen 1 taught me that the truck needed to trail behind the twisting point or else it would turn too sharply. Glow in the dark wheels improved performance in dark  (build time 8 hours, flower deck and ground out trucks bought for $18)
 Gen 3: made with scrap steel and ice machine caster. Indestructible and heavy with lots of sharp edges. Seen mounted to home made "Robofish" fence board (build time 9 hours, Robofish made of scrap wood and scrap steel frame with cheap Amazon RKP trucks)
 Gen 4:not much lighter than the Gen 3 (left) but better packaged into a smaller design. Ditched the caster which was  heavy and difficult to work on in favor of bearings (build time 6 hours)
 Gen 5: designed in cardboard then in 2D computer model to be professionally water jetted and  bent. Ditched couch springs for smaller stronger die springs. 
First Promo Video. 
Used to be called Shred Sled, but Hayden Shapes already has a board model called the shred sled so I went back to the drawing board. Months later I came up with Waterborne.
 Gen 6: slightly reconfigured to be stronger and softer springs allowed for faster turning. (bolted to 35 inch board with kick tail)

                                      Shane Sheckler on a Gen 6


                                               Flower deck and ground out trucks

 Gen 7: same maneuverability as Gen 6 but with better stability at speed too. Electro plating makes them look way better.
 Gen 8: Lighter and more efficient to produce custom parts. Computer designed then 3D printed to ensure fit.
 Gen 9: First single spring design in a long time. Made of spare Gen 6 parts. Ripped hard but wasn't compact enough. (Build time 2 hours, Globe Tracer 31 inch cruiser)
  Gen 10: Spring mechanism was flipped to fit tightly within the body of the Surf Adapter plates. Most compact and lightest Adapter yet. (Build time 2 hours, 10 year old beaten to shit cruiser)
 Gen 11: Literally jumped out of bed in the middle of the night with one of those epiphanies like I was on peyote. I dumped all the spare parts I had onto a table and frankenstiened the Gen 11 together. Realized that the closer to the pivot (bearings) that the spring mechanism was, the less travel it would have to have, meaning that a skate bushing could replace the spring because it provides lots of resistance over a short distance of deformation. The phone that the pictures were on got water damage and the only evidence of the Gen 11is gone forever. But thats ok because it looked like crap. Picture a Gen 7 without the springs, then butted up against the bearing stack was a bolt that ran through the adapter sideways with a bushing on each end. When the adapter twisted the two plates would impart a searing force onto the two bushings. The Gen 11 sucked and made me beef it a couple times when skating the alley. So idgaf that the pictures are lost. It was ugly, and it literally looked like frankenstein with a bolt through it's neck, but it was the first time that any surf-skate truck used all bushings instead of springs. (Build time 5 minutes)
Gen A: A is for Asym and I lost count of the numbered generations.  I never expected making so many iterations of Surf Adapters. Honestly I planned to stop and declare victory after the Gen 5, but ideas for improvements would come to me and I couldn't resist the urge to try them out.   Cocking the bushing to the side makes the Gen A an inch shorter than the Gen 12. This was going to be the first full scale production run of Surf Adapters but one day before the parts were to be cut I backed out and told the cut shop to wait for a new design. They gave me a 3 day ultimatum to make the changes.
 Gen A:  This one is still called the Gen A. and it mostly works exactly like the first Gen A but the big difference is the ribs. Ribs make the design much much stronger, yet the same weight as the previous version because this design sheds weight and strength where ever it isn't needed and puts it only where the Adapter bears load. All of the money that was saved on each generation between the Gen 6 and Gen A was put back into this design. It costs 25% more to build because welding operations are expensive. I hired the most skilled welder I know because I wanted them to be uniform, solid, and aesthetically pleasing. This model is an order of magnitude stronger than it's predecessors. 250 adapters were built for our first order.