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Riding a waveboard is not only a lot of fun, but also a great way to exercise and train your sense of balance. Thanks to the single-track roller track and flexible construction, a waveboard offers a lot of freedom of movement and optimal conditions for performing tricks.

With our waveboard test 2022 we want to help you find the right waveboard for you. Whether you prefer a waveboard with or without a torsion bar depends on you individually. We have compared both types and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages, as well as other evaluation criteria.




Summary

  • With waveboards, you move along the street in wave-like movements and get a similar feeling to surfing. This is why waveboard riding is also referred to as "streetsurfing".
  • Basically, a distinction is made between two-piece waveboards with a torsion bar and one-piece waveboards without a torsion bar. Both versions are available in different sizes and weights.
  • Light wave boards with a longer length are suitable for beginners because they offer stability and are easy to steer at the same time. Professionals prefer shorter and lighter waveboards.

The Best Waveboard: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for waveboards

In the following section, we show you which aspects you should pay attention to when buying in order to find the right waveboard for you. The criteria that will help you compare different waveboard models include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain in detail what the individual criteria are.

Material

When buying a waveboard, make sure that it is made of high-quality material and has a robust construction. This ensures that the board is stable and resilient.

In addition, high quality ensures the longevity of your waveboard. Waveboards that are made of low-quality plastic and are poorly manufactured are in danger of breaking.

To avoid this safety risk, you should pay attention to the material quality. We also recommend choosing a waveboard with a grip tape coating. The grip tape ensures a safe stand and reduces the risk of slipping off the board with the feet.

Stability and slip resistance are essential, especially in curves, on slopes and in bad weather. Not only as a professional, but also as a beginner, it is worthwhile to pay attention to high quality. It is easier to learn to ride on a robust, stable board.

Weight

The weight of a wave board is between 2 and 4 kilograms. The lower the weight, the easier the waveboard is to move. Especially as a beginner, it is easier for you to control and steer a waveboard with a low weight. This also applies to children, who usually get along better with a lighter waveboard.

Since it is easier to keep a waveboard with a low weight under control, they are particularly suitable for tricks and stunts.

However, at the same time, you must always make sure that the load capacity of the waveboard corresponds to your body weight. We will come to this in the next section.

Load limit

Every waveboard manufacturer specifies a load limit for each of its models, i.e. the maximum load capacity of the waveboard. This limit ranges between 50 and 120 kilograms.

You should always make sure that your body weight does not exceed the load limit. Otherwise, you expose yourself to a safety risk and may be responsible if the waveboard is damaged. As an adult, you should always choose a waveboard with a very high load limit.

Deck length and deck width

Another criterion is the deck length, which is usually between 75 and 85 centimetres for adult models.

Waveboards made especially for children, on the other hand, have a length of less than 75 centimetres. When choosing the deck length, it depends primarily on how much experience you have on the waveboard.

Are you a beginner? Then it's not a bad idea to start with a longer waveboard, because it offers you a lot of stability and a secure grip.

Advanced riders and professionals prefer shorter models because they are more manoeuvrable and flexible. This gives the shorter versions an advantage when you like to perform tricks with your waveboard.

In addition to the deck length, you should also look at the deck width of the waveboard. To ensure the necessary stability, your feet must match the width of the waveboard deck. The bigger your feet, the wider the models you should choose.

Hardness of the wheels

There are softer and harder wheels. The wheel hardness grade for waveboards is in the range 76A to 90A. The higher the value, the harder the wheels. Both soft and hard wheels offer certain advantages.

Soft wheels are known to have a better grip. This results in a more comfortable ride, better grip and slower speed when riding. Beginners therefore like to opt for softer wheels.

However, if you love speed and are looking for wheels that can take a lot of punishment and don't wear out as quickly, then a waveboard with harder wheels is the right choice for you.

360 degree swivelling wheels

Most waveboards have wheels that can rotate 360 degrees. This offers you maximum flexibility and freedom of movement as a rider. If you want to try out tricks with your waveboard, you are optimally equipped with wheels that can rotate 360 degrees.

There are also models with wheels that can only rotate 90 degrees. This may make it easier for you to find your way around the waveboard at first. In the long run, a waveboard with 360-degree swivel wheels is certainly a good choice.

Ball bearings

The higher the index between ABEC 01 and ABEC 11, the higher the quality of a ball bearing. Ball bearings in a higher ABEC class are high-quality and very precisely manufactured, but this also makes them more sensitive.

You will find wave boards with ABEC 11 ball bearings, but also many with ABEC 05 or ABEC 07 ball bearings. The latter have a good quality, but are less susceptible and therefore well suited for wave boarding.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about waveboards answered in detail

What is a waveboard?

A waveboard is a trendy piece of sports equipment that belongs to the category of fun sports. Introduced in 2003 under the name Casterboard, the name Waveboard has become established in Germany because the movement on the waveboard is wave-shaped.

This makes it similar to surfing or snowboarding, but the movement is not on the water or in the snow, but on the road. This is why waveboarding is also known as "streetsurfing".

Waveboard

Waveboards are popular with children and adults alike. (Image source: Hendrik van der Heide / pixabay)

The structure of a waveboard is reminiscent of a skateboard. Unlike a skateboard with four wheels, the waveboard moves on only two wheels. The decks (whether two- or one-piece) are also more flexible than on a skateboard. If you want to know more about the construction of a waveboard, take a look at the next paragraph.

How is a waveboard constructed?

Basically, there are two different types of waveboards. In its original version, a waveboard consists of two independent foot plates, so-called decks, which are connected to each other by a flexible torsion bar.

The construction of a waveboard is very flexible so that the foot plates can move in opposite directions. This creates the typical wave-like movements. The modern version of the wave board is made without a torsion bar. The two decks are connected by a joint made of the same flexible material, resulting in a continuous surface.

Due to its special construction, the waveboard can be ridden forwards, sideways and at an angle.

Ultimately, the shape of the waveboard is similar on both versions: on the outside of the decks, the waveboard is wider, while the connecting middle section is very narrow.

The front deck also tapers more sharply than the rear deck. The waveboard moves on two rollers - one is mounted under the front deck, the other under the rear deck. The two rollers result in a single-track roller track.

The wheel suspensions that connect the rollers to the decks are called casters. This is where the English term caster board comes from. The casters can be rotated up to 360 degrees.

From what age can you ride a waveboard?

This question cannot be answered unequivocally and cannot be generalised. Basically, manufacturers always give an age recommendation for their waveboard models.

There are models that are suitable for children as young as 5 years. Whether your child is ready to ride a waveboard is ultimately up to you. It's best to test it out first - maybe there are friends who already own a waveboard.

What types of waveboards are there and which is the right one for me?

There are two basic types of waveboards you can choose between: the two-piece waveboard with torsion bar and the one-piece waveboard without torsion bar. Each variant has its advantages and disadvantages, which we would like to briefly introduce to you below.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Two-piece waveboard with torsion bar Higher mobility Higher weight, louder riding noise
One-piece waveboard without torsion bar Lighter weight, quieter riding noise Less mobility

Depending on which criteria are more relevant to you personally, either one or the other alternative is more suitable for you.

Two-piece waveboard (with torsion bar)

Two-piece waveboard (with torsion bar)

The waveboard with torsion bar is the older of the two variants and corresponds to the original construction. This variant consists of two separate foot plates that are connected by the torsion bar. The two plates, also called decks, can thus be moved in opposite directions. The torsion bar allows for particularly high flexibility and mobility.

Advantages
  • High flexibility due to torsion bar
Disadvantages
  • Weight is heavier
  • torsion bar causes noise

At the same time, the torsion bar is made of a heavier material than the composite material on the one-piece waveboard. As a result, the two-piece waveboards often have a heavier weight. In addition, the bar can cause rattling riding noises. However, you might just like the old school version.

One-piece waveboard

One-piece waveboard

The modern variant is the one-piece waveboard. This type of waveboard does without the torsion bar. Instead, the decks and middle section are made of a flexible fibreglass plastic material. Although the material is by no means rigid, it cannot quite keep up with the manoeuvrability of the torsion bar.

Advantages
  • Light weight
  • Hardly any riding noise
  • Pleasant ride
  • Sturdy, unbreakable material
  • Easy control
Disadvantages
  • Less flexibility

On the other hand, the one-piece waveboard scores with many other advantages. Fibreglass is a lightweight material that is both stable and unbreakable. The light weight makes the board easier to control. The waveboard without torsion bar lies more quietly on the road, causes hardly any noise and therefore has a very pleasant ride.

Which waveboard is suitable for children?

Many manufacturers offer waveboards that are specially made for children and are unsuitable for adults due to their low load capacity. Likewise, there are many models that can be used by both adults and children.

Always pay attention to the manufacturer's age recommendation. In principle, we recommend that you choose a waveboard with a lower weight. Children can control and steer lighter waveboards better.

Waveboard

The risk of falling is high when riding a waveboard. That's why your child should definitely wear a helmet. (Image source: Dominik Schüßler / pixabay)

Furthermore, the waveboard should be equipped with grip tape to ensure sufficient protection for your child and to keep the risk of accidents as low as possible. In general, children should always wear a protective helmet (e.g. a bicycle helmet) as well as knee and elbow pads!

What does a waveboard cost?

Depending on the quality and product type of the waveboard, the price range is usually between 25 and 100 euros. There are also high-quality models with a price of over 100 euros.

Waveboards with a torsion bar are already available from around 25 euros. The price of waveboards without a torsion bar starts at around 50 euros.

Type price range
Waveboard with torsion bar approx. 25-100 €
Waveboard without torsion bar approx. 50-100 €

When making your decision, you must bear in mind that quality often has its price. If you buy a very cheap wave board for less than 40 euros, you can assume that the quality is not the highest. This can lead to your waveboard quickly becoming damaged and worn out.

High-quality wave boards promise you a higher level of safety and you will certainly benefit from them for longer. That's why it's worth investing a little more money.

What alternatives are there to the waveboard?

Besides the waveboard, there are other fun sports equipment that you can use to move around on wheels and that are suitable for tricks and stunts. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to the waveboard to show you the differences and similarities of the various product types.

Type Description
Skateboard The skateboard rides on four wheels. It is easier to manoeuvre than a waveboard. Skateboarding is very well established as a fun sport. Tricks are very popular.
Longboard The longboard is very similar to the skateboard, but is longer, more stable and faster. It is often used as a means of transport.
Snakeboard The snakeboard consists of three segments: two foot plates and a middle section. Similar to the waveboard, this makes it more flexible than a skateboard, but you ride on four wheels.
Inline skates Inline skates are also a means of transport on wheels and are very popular.
Hoverboard The hoverboard is an electric fun sports device. The board consists of two interconnected foot plates, to each of which a wheel with a motor drive is attached.
Wavescooter The wavescooter is an extension of the waveboard with handlebars. It is reminiscent of a city scooter, but has the freedom of movement of a waveboard.

The waveboard is characterised above all by its high mobility and flexibility. You have to find out for yourself which fun sports equipment is best for you. This is a question of type and depends on your personal preferences.

How do I learn to ride a waveboard?

As a beginner, it's important to stay patient and not give up right away. Tutorials, which you can find on YouTube, for example, explain how to get on the waveboard and move in waves. After that, it's just a matter of practising and getting a feel for your waveboard. In the beginning, it can be helpful to lean against the wall or another person.

Start by placing one foot on a deck and push yourself slightly off the ground with the other. As soon as you are standing on your waveboard with both feet, move your feet back and forth in opposite directions to create wave-like movements. You have to try to balance yourself and keep your equilibrium.

Braking with the waveboard

Braking with a waveboard is not that complicated: By pushing both feet forward while riding, you tip your waveboard over and run off the board. If you have a fast speed, you can first turn the board crosswise before tipping it forward and getting off.

What are the tricks of waveboard riding?

If you are already experienced in waveboarding and are confident on your board, you can try out numerous tricks. You can find suggestions and tutorials on YouTube.

  • The Ollie: One of the best-known tricks is the so-called Ollie, where you make a small jump with your waveboard and can thus overcome small obstacles, for example the curb.
  • The kick flip: The ollie forms the basis for other tricks, such as the kick flip, in which your waveboard is also rotated in the air during the jump.

There are many different ways you can use your waveboard for small stunts. You can also get creative yourself and try out different things. Flips, slides, turns, riding on a roller... Just try it out. You will develop a feeling for it over time.

How do I care for my waveboard?

We recommend that you check your caster and wheels for dirt at regular intervals. Dirt impairs the functionality of the rollers and thus worsens the riding performance of the waveboard. You can easily remove dirt with a cleaning brush.

You can also oil the casters occasionally to prevent rust and to avoid unpleasant squeaking. Simply put a few drops of oil on a cloth and rub it over the caster. Alternatively, spray with penetrating oil. If cleaning doesn't help any more, there is still the possibility of getting spare parts for the waveboard.

The grip tape can also be replaced if it is worn.

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