So this hoverboard Video came out on Vimeo over the past week and of course made its way around the internet. Now before I start my mean old man rant let me put up a disclaimer. I am in no way bashing this guys work as an artist. Its actually a very well done piece in an exhibition for a show entitled Back to the Future. I also realize its not a real hoverboard capable of flight/play. Ok so heres my point… why in the hell is everyone so stoked on hoverboards? Seriously you toss hoverboard into Google and you get all sorts of hits where nerds everywhere are peeing on themselves talking about hoverboards and how awesome they are. Now of course nerds will be nerds and I know why THEY like hoverboards but I dont understand why the same reaction is had on sites that publish the clip like Transworld. As a skater I cant really see anything in a hoverboard that would make me stoked to ride one. I mean ok let me get skate nerd on this…
- 1 you cant grind a hoverboard, in fact thats so major it counts as 1-3.
- 4 how do you snap an ollie on a hoverboard? Does everyones pop become the same? Does it even ollie, I mean wouldnt taking the board out of its parallel position negate the hover effect? I dunno Im not one of those hoverboard know how nerds Im just asking.
- 5 no wheels is just as bad as no trucks. If theres one sound in my life that I love to hear its the click clack of a skateboard going down the street.
- 6 without wheels could you pump transition or have manual tricks? Anything that endangers the career of Daewon Song gets a huge no vote in my book.
I guess its not really anything to worry about in the long run. Its not like theres really going to be hoverboards on the shelves anytime in the forseeable future. I would however like to encourage any random nerd that falls upon this post and thinks it would be cool to make a hoverboard to actually try and work on something that would be way more freakin awesome instead.