Whoa! A skateboard that can brake
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.