A tech deck is an electronic replica of a surfboard which a user “rides” using their own fingers. The device itself is usually a scaled down surfboard with skateboards and other moving parts installed. A tech deck is usually 200mm long with a width ranging between 26 to 55mm. The boards use electronic controls similar to those on electric surfing boards and other similar water sports equipment.
All surfboard manufactures have replicated the design and produced their own versions of the tech deck. These companies include Shark and Kustom.
One of the main differences between surfboard fingerboards and tech decks is that the former do not include a leash. Most of the popular brands of tech decks do not have this feature.
Both surfacing and fingerboarding styles are becoming popular worldwide, but there is one major difference between the two. With fingerboarding, the rider utilizes the entire body of the board and pushes off of just one corner. Many tech decks use a combination of both styles. The quarter has more flex than the whole board, making it easier to create a 360 degree turn.
Since there are so many variations of the sport, there is a new challenge every day. Many skaters enjoy testing out new tech decks and discovering new tricks.
Another difference between the two styles is the difficulty. Flat quarter and half pipes are typically harder to skate than half pipes. This is because while the skateboards are both similar in size, they have different center of gravity.
There is also a new trend in freestyle and trick riding that surfaced with the inception of “mini-boarding”. Basically, this is when a beginner skater would ride a mini-board down a ramp or through the sand. At first, these mini-boards were very difficult to ride and most professional skateboarding had not yet developed them. These advanced versions of the tech deck made it very easy for beginner skaters to perform difficult tricks.
There are also more advanced variations of both skating styles.