SoulArc: The Future of Skateboarding?
The SoulArc is a new take on the standard plank on wheels, a design from Kendall College of Art and Design student Mitch Mulder who aimed to create a more natural, surf-like riding experience. Having no background in skateboarding (our cooler writers are currently out of the office), I’ll let Core77 explain a bit more:
…The SoulArc Board is a brand new skateboard with a rigid top and below-deck composite spring that provides the action and feel of surfing (and shredding)…The name comes from the surfing expression “soul arch”–being one with the wave.
Comments Mulder, “I’ve been making boards for 8 years and got sick of riding planks. With this board, you can ride in places you typically can’t ride.” And what does it really feel like? “You’ve gotta ride it to really understand it,” answers Vilardi.
Here’s the official word:
At the heart of this revolutionary design is the SoulArc performance spring. The performance spring absorbs and transfers energy in a manner similar to carving a wave. Extensive adjustments to size, shape and material selection have produced this latest generation of the SoulArc performance spring. The smoothness and feel of this ride is unmatched, as each directional movement interacts with the spring to provide a corresponding and complementary reaction. The end result is a board that provides a uniquely exceptional ride.
The board will debut at the Action Sports Retail trade show in San Diego and at the Surf Expo in Orlando in a couple of a weeks.