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