6 Cheap Surfskates that Aren’t Worth the Money
Quality surfskates can cost anywhere from $270 all the way up to $519 US. So it’s tempting to save money and buy a cheap surfskate instead. But are “cheap surfskates” really worth it, or are they just a waste of money?
Since October of 2020 I’ve tested more than 60 surfskates from 28 companies in 11 countries around the world. This includes 30 different surfskate trucks.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And in my experience, after testing all these surfskates, there are a few cheap surfskates that I think are a waste of money. I think you can find better alternatives that are just as cheap, if not cheaper, but that function much better. (See my list of the best budget surfskates.)
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You can get a Flow surfskate for between $89.95 and $124.95. This makes them comparable in price to the Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate.
However, I think the Decathlon Carve 540 performs a lot better than Flow surfskates.
Just as the Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate truck is a cheap and poorly-functional clone of the Carver CX surfskate truck, the Flow surfskate truck is a very bad version of the Slide V3 surfskate truck, which works very well.
The Flow surfskate truck has a hard and jarring stop to it, which both limits your range of motion and can even toss you from the board when you pump aggressively.
For more details, see my full Flow surfskates review.
NKX surfskates fluctuate in price on Amazon. I’ve seen them as low as $99.95 and as high as $149.95. I paid $139.95 for mine.
To be honest, there’s really nothing at all that I like about NKX surfskates. They’re essentially cheap kids’ toys. The truck is a poor Carver CX clone with a very limited range of motion. The deck is flat and short and will only fit shorter riders. All the component parts are very cheap and poor quality.
I paid $129 for my Charger-X surfskate, but they fluctuate in price on Amazon a lot.
Although Charger-X surfskates may be an upgrade from NKS surfskates, I still feel like they’re a waste of money. They also use a Carver CX clone that has a very limited range of motion relative to the original CX.
They offer interesting decks with deep and wavy concave and a carrying handle. I don’t find the deck to be comfortable at all. Like NKX surfskates, Charger-X component parts are poor quality.If you’re a surfskate beginner, you may have fun on a Charger-X surfskate. But if you skate often and progress rapidly, you will quickly outgrow this board and will want to upgrade to a better surfskate.
When I bought my Surfeeling surfskate, I paid $199 US. Since then, Surfeeling has raised their price to $219.99 US. I have no idea why, because in my opinion Surfeeling surfskates are way overpriced and I do not recommend them as a good cheap surfskate.
The Surfeeling surfskate truck is what they call the Alpine truck. It’s a very unique bushing-based design that allows you to change out the bushings for a tighter or looser ride based on your preference.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the Surfeeling surfskate truck at all. I don’t think it performs nearly as well as the Carver CX or Slide surfskate trucks. You don’t have nearly the same range of motion or fluidity.
Surfeeling surfskate decks sit high above the ground and they have narrow wheelbases, sharp kicktails, and small wheels. All of these factors combined make Surfeeling surfskates quite tippy. So you have to maintain your balance well.
You can get a Slide surfskate for the same price as a Surfeeling surfskate, and in my opinion, Slides are much better cheap surfskates than Surfeeling.
At $129 US, the Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate is the cheapest complete surfskate model on the market. It is popular in Asian countries and less well-known in the US.
The Decathlon Carve 540 has a cheap surfskate truck that is built similar to a Carver CX surfskate truck. But the Carve 540 surfskate truck has a design flaw that limits its range of motion. It does pump and carve, but not very well.
If you absolutely had to choose a cheap surfskate, then this is the only one on this list that I would say you could get away with.
However, my bottom line on the Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate is that if you practice much, you will very quickly progress beyond its capabilities and will want to graduate to a better surfskate. In which case, your money would have been better spent on a better surfskate to begin with.
For more details, see my full Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate review.
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Landyachtz offers two cheap surf skateboards: the 31.2″ Butter Lines and the 29″ Pocket Knife, which they sell for $199.99 on their website.
Landyachtz surfskates use the “Bear Banger” surfskate truck. It is somewhat similar to the Carver CX in that it is an angled reverse kingpin with bushings. However, the Landyachtz surfskate truck does not work nearly as well as the Carver CX.
Like the Decathlon Carve 540 surfskate, the Landyachtz surfskate will pump and carve, but just not very well. And at a price of $199.99, I strongly recommend you put that money toward a Carver CX or Slide surfskate instead.
For more details, see my full Landyachtz surfskate review.