I’ve a severe nostalgic affinity for fingerboards. There was a time the place they needed to be banned in junior excessive as a result of so many people have been attempting to 360 flip them on our desks throughout French class that Ms. Damarque received so mad she swore at us. It was on that day I realized that “petit merdes” meant “little shits.”
So, when Sizzling Wheels despatched alongside phrase they have been teaming up with Tony Hawk to work on new fingerboards I used to be curious. Then I noticed the little sneakers and I fell in love.
This isn’t some sponsored content material. I do not know if the Sizzling Wheels boards shall be any good. Making an excellent fingerboard is certainly extra technical than you may think. It’s much less concerning the roll of the wheels and extra concerning the high quality of the grip tape, the load, and whether or not the steadiness is appropriate so it appears like you may have management over your methods.
That stated, I simply preserve coming again to the tiny sneakers. Sure, initially I believed “that is so foolish,” however now I feel it’s genius. In one other picture given by Sizzling Wheels it exhibits the finger sneakers can both be connected to the board, as pictured above — good for making grinds and railslides simpler, or accomplished with a small insert that mainly flip them into tiny, common skate sneakers.
I like this concept as a result of it mainly turns the sneakers into tiny thimbles, and there are some methods which can be simpler to realize with a bit little bit of slide — which frequently your fingers can’t obtain on griptape. Kickflips theoretically must be simpler with the sneakers than your digits, and whereas there’s a studying curve, I positively dig it.
There shall be two units at launch, together with particular person board and shoe units. This skatepark themed after a donut is correct up my alley.
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how the brand new Sizzling Wheels line arise towards the GOAT within the fingerboard worlds: Tech Deck. That’s what I used all these years in the past, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if youngsters choose these up, or whether or not they acknowledge Tony Hawk.