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There are those with grace and style, who can hop on a two-wheeled scooter and easily maneuver through pedestrians and traffic alike.
Then there are people who need a little extra help balancing. For those folks, there is the Street Surfer by Cycle Board.
A hybrid between a skateboard and a snowboard, the Street Surfer combines familiar steering with your natural instinct to lean. This means you can carve up the sidewalks just like a surfer would carve up a wave, or you can easily zip along in a straight line.
The electric Street Surfer can go 15 to 20 miles on a charge, depending on your weight and the number of hills you ask it to climb. The telescoping handlebars can accommodate a person up to 6 foot 6 and will fold down flat for easy carrying on public transportation or into a workplace.
Electric power goes to the rear wheel and can propel the Street Surfer up to 20 mph. That speed feels plenty fast, so the Street Surfer features a vented disk brake in the rear for peace of mind.
Other goodies include a cell phone mount, swappable decks, an integrated lock, and a bell. Of course, there is a bell.
I had the chance to run up and down the halls at CES on the Street Surfer and while I felt pretty secure and it was very intuitive to steer, I'd want some more practice before I started doing any serious carving. Still it's a fun little get about and the two front wheels provide more stability over rough and cracked pavement.
The Street Surfer is currently in development, but a Kickstarter should go live in February.