Testing the ‘Third Wave’

A few weeks ago, I announced the pending arrival of our next board for 2016, the ‘Third Wave’. I said in that article, that I would be testing out the board, to see how it holds up, to different types of skating.

The Third Wave is to be our all-round board, for just about any terrain.

Whether it’s to be used as  a street beater, for mini ramp tech wizardry, flipping and jumping launch ramps, or even for halfpipe, the third wave should be our jack-of-all-trades.

So to keep you all in on the progress of this board, and how it’s working out so far, I figured I’d let you know here.

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The Third Wave Test Board when it was Brand New

A New Pivot

So the Third Wave features our latest version of our FlyWeight Pivot system, which comprises of an 8mm kingpin, a teflon disk between the footplate and the bar, and a thrust ball bearing underneath the bar.

I’ve spent at least 18 months working the quirks out of this system, and I have to say that it’s the best I’ve ever skated. It turns and responds nicely to movement, and is very very light in comparison to the pivot systems found on streetboards.

I completely redesigning our press molds for footplates, enabling us to make the footplates perfectly flat. I also changed out the skateboard 8mm bearing to a thrust bearing, after Ron Baez and I tried different versions of bearings. We found adding a little threadlocker to the kingpin, really stopped any loosening, and now we have a solid pivot.

  Testing Backside Smith Grind Lock, and Bar Flex

Shoulders in the Way

I always find a good test for a new board, and especially the Third Wave, is to see how I can get it to lock into a backside smith grind.

We wanted to develop something further from the Yago Ferrer bar, which riders here really like. We wanted to make it skate better, and lock into smith grinds a lot nicer, so we widened the bar a little, and made more of an area for smiths to lock into on the shoulders of the bar.

In initial tests on this bar, I found it was pretty good, but needed a little more room. I found the my heels would catch on a ledge in backside smiths. I moved the shoulders of the bar back just 5mm or so, and I have to say, I’m very happy with the results, this is how it will stay.


The Third Wave Wearing in Nicely

Bar Flex Tests

The bars on White Boards are the thinnest and the lightest bars ever made in streetboarding. It has taken me around 9 years of designing and testing boards to have come up with this design. Our bars have slick both sides, and only 6 maple plies in between.

We’ve been testing the 6 ply bars for over 18 months now, and have found them to be every bit as strong as our 7 ply bars, or any other bar I’ve ridden over the years. Every bar design we make has to be tested a lot, because our bars have a unique ‘flex’ to them. This means there’s a very slight flexibility to the bar.

So far, everyone that has ridden our boards, has found that they never want to turn back to the old streetboards. Our lightweight and flexible design means this board is super responsive and feels like a part of you when riding.

There are about 6 different elements in a strong and flexible bar, and getting them all right is extremely important in the design.

We’ve found a perfect mix in this bar, as it is holding up extremely well to testing so far.

  Trial & Error #1

All-in-all, I have to say that from testing this board, I’m extremely proud, and feel an amazing sense of accomplishment. I would also like to point out, that in order to get here today, and be able to get this far, has not been an accomplishment I can take all the credit for at all.

I’ve been very lucky in having such a great new business partner, Ron Baez, who’s been able to help with the guidance on this design. Yago Ferrer has been a tremendous asset in finding the perfect strength of parts, and testing out everything.

European Testing

I’d also like to thank 2 riders on the other side of the pond in Europe, whom may not have tesdted this actual board, but have been huge contributors in the designs we have today, so thanks Simon Johns, and also Andre D. Melo for giving us fantastic support, and giving such useful and amazing feedback on our boards so far.

We will be releasing this board very soon this year, so if you’re interested in this board at all, please don’t hesitate to email me, I can keep you posted on the development.

As always, if there are any of our boards you would like to try, or would see more (or less) of something, you can email me at ricklowe@pivotboard.com, or leave a comment on this article, and I’ll get back to you.

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