Board of the Future
Check out the new electric skateboard.
Photo by Allen Parent
Stepping onto the aluminum Gnarboard, I squeeze the green-means-go button, the wheels start to spin, and the board takes off. It’s a wild sensation—all four tires motoring the board forward—but I test ride the “Ferrari for your feet” at little-old-lady speed, to avoid causing the “Titanic of skin abrasions.” Still, it’s very cool.
I jump off and hand the controller to Gnarboard creator Josh Tulberg. He steps on and squeezes the green button full throttle—rocketing from 0 to 28 mph in less than two seconds—faster than a Corvette. He zips around the Emeryville streets outside his work loft like something out of a sci-fi movie, then pulls up in front of me, grinning. “There’s never been an electric skateboard like this,” he says.
Tulberg, 24, has been boarding all his life and built his first electric skateboard as a teenager. While he was finishing his industrial design degree, Tulberg’s fun-loving father asked him to build an electric skateboard. Tulberg’s design is awesome—the boards are fast, quiet, and can run 1–2 hours per charge. He decided to market his made-to-order boards to 30- to 45-year-old guys who grew up skating and surfing, and can afford the price of the toy: Gnarboards cost from $2,900 to $3,800.
For info, visit gnarboards.com.