Freeline skates

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Freeline skaters resting in Seoul.

Freeline Skates are a pair of skates designed to give the feeling of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and inline skates all in one.[citation needed] They consist of two separate metal or wooden plates with two wheels attached by a form of “truck” designed specifically for the skates.[citation needed] The technique used to skate with Freelines is unique to the skates, and is challenging wave-like motion.[citation needed] The individual Freeline skates, when ridden together, produce speed, agility, and natural self-propulsion, allowing for uphill motion.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Freeline Skates were developed in 2003 in San Francisco, California while the inventor Ryan Farrelly was attempting to design a better way for downhill skating. His prototype for the skates was a row of four wheels in the center of a wood board. After test runs and adaptations, Farrelly realized he could simply stand on each set of wheels and not bother with a board. The skates combine elements of both skateboarding and in-line skating and can be ridden on flat land as well as down or up hill. Out of this idea was born the Freeline Skates.[1]

Models[edit]

There are currently three different models of Freeline Skates:[2]

  • Freeline OG - the original model of skates made out of reinforced aluminum.
  • Freeline Pro - a hybrid model consisting of the traditional "S-Frame" style truck and a redesigned wood deck. Saying an "S-Frame", Freeline Pro is actually supported by two C-shaped steel rods arranged into an S-shape outer skin, like the digital displayed shape of the number "5".
  • Freeline Cruiser - a newer light-weight model designed for beginners that supports a set of training wheels.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.surfshot.com/Product+News/Freeline+Skates-152367.html
  2. ^ http://www.freelineskates.com/store/c-1-skates.aspx
  3. ^ http://tokudu.com/?p=571

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