Whoa! A skate­board that can brake

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Ten pro­to­types and four years later, Aus­tralia’s skater com­pany Street­boardz has a fund­ing cam­paign on Kick­starter for a board with brakes. Called the Boarder Kon­trol Skate­board, it fea­tures brakes on the rear axle that are clamped by a leash, which the rider hangs onto to pre­vent go­ing face first into the dirt when the board sud­denly slows down. “It has amazed ev­ery skater who has rid­den it — even the hard-core and scep­tics. The leash si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­gages the brakes and braces the rider from the for­ward in­er­tia ex­pe­ri­enced as the board slows. Be­cause the brak­ing discs are small, they don’t ‘grab’ or ‘bite’, rather the brake en­gage­ment was grad­ual and smooth and the rear arm ac­tion came very nat­u­rally to all rid­ers. We have cho­sen to launch via Kick­starter be­cause we are fans of the plat­form and we want to re­ward early adopters and our sup­port­ers,” the com­pany states on Kick­starter.

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