, commonly misspelled as Ripstick or Rip Stick, is a caster board, which looks similar to a skateboard, but moves like a snowboard or surf board. Made by Razor USA, the recommended age is 8 and up. The Ripstik board only has 2 wheels, which swivel 360 degrees. Instead of a solid deck, it has two independently moving “deep concave deck” plates connected by a torsion bar in the center. The rider of the Ripstik Caster skateboard can accelerate and turn without pushing off the ground. Instead of propelling the board forward by pushing off with one foot, like with a skateboard, a Ripstik rider can simply mount the board and move forward by twisting or pivoting the deck plates creating a unique carving motion.
Available RipStik Models:
Razorama.com carries several of the most popular models of the Ripstik Caster Board.
The Original Ripstik Caster Board
is basic model ideal for both those just starting out and more advanced riders. It comes in Red, Blue, Green, Pink, and Silver.
The Ripstik G
is a step up from the Original Ripstik Caster Board. It has a spinning G-tube and a kick tail designed to let riders perform more grinds and tricks. Available colors for the Ripstik "G" are Silver and Black.
According to ConsumerReports.org, “RipStik was well-liked by most of our testers. Within minutes, the kids were able to get on and ride the RipStik. The consensus from the kids was that learning to ride a RipStik would take a few hours, and to get ‘really good’ would probably take a couple of weeks. Most of the kids were able to do simple tricks like wheelies after an hour or so... The kids, most of whom were relatively new to ‘boarding,’ told us that RipStik is extremely popular among all their friends and classmates.” (www.consumerreports.org, 2007).
HOW TO LEARN TO RIDE A RIPSTIK CASTER BOARD:
Practice your balance and coasting ability. The fastest way to improve your balance is to start on a slight incline. This will help with acceleration and help you find your balance faster. But don’t do this alone…start by standing on the board (one foot on each platform) and have someone hold you to help maintain your balance. Don’t go forward yet. Find your balance on the caster board while standing still for a couple minutes. When you feel stable, direct your friend or assistant to hold on to you (to keep you from falling off) while you slowly coast down the incline. This will enable you to get a better feel for the mechanics of the Ripstik while you work on your balance. Keep practicing with the assistance of someone else until you feel confident you can keep yourself balanced while coasting unassisted. Once you feel confident with this step, you can practice propelling the RipStik caster board forward. See step 2.
Practice propelling your Ripstik: As in step 1, take advantage of gravity and start on a slightly inclined sidewalk or driveway. Get a friend to help you stand on the Ripstik then begin coasting slowly. As you coast, start to pivot the Ripstik deck plates around the center bar, with each foot moving the front and rear plates in opposite directions. Keep the motions small as you push your toes down on your right foot while you push the heel of the left foot down, and visa versa. As you continue to improve and gain confidence, make your pivot motions bigger and bigger and incorporate leg and hip movements. Soon you’ll be carving that Ripstik like a Pro.
Practice mounting alone: Once you feel you can ride the Ripstik, it’s time to start on your own. As we suggested in steps 2 & 3, begin in an area with an incline. If you are right handed, in this case right footed, place your left foot on the front plate of the and balance it. Then push off with your right foot and place it on the rear plate quickly. Using the propelling techniques suggested in step 2, propel the caster board fast enough to maintain your balance. Now that you’ve learned to mount by yourself and can maintain your balance while you propel yourself ahead, it’s just a matter of time, practice and patience before you become a great Ripstik rider.
It takes a little time to learn to ride the Ripstik, but is easier that one might think.
Caster board riding can be a hazardous activity. Caster boards can, and are intended to move and it is therefore possible to get into dangerous situations and/or lose control and/or fall off. If such things occur you can be seriously injured or die. LIKE ANY OTHER MOVING PRODUCT, USING A CASTER BOARD CAN BE A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY AND MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH EVEN WHEN USED WITH PROPER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND USE COMMON SENSE.
• Always wear proper protective equipment, such as an ANSI, SNELL, CPSC or ASTM approved helmet and elbow and kneepads. Long sleeve shirt, gloves, long pants, shoes, and elbow and knee pads are mandatory. Wear athletic shoes (lace-up shoes with rubber soles). Don’t ride barefoot or in sandals. Keep shoelaces out of the way of wheels.
• Avoid water, speed bumps, sand, gravel and anything else that could cause your front wheel to stop. When in doubt, avoid the bumps.
• Do not exceed 220 pounds (100 kilograms) total weight on the caster board.
• Do not allow children under age eight (8) to use the caster board. Children under age ten (10) should ride with adult supervision at all times.
FAILURE TO USE COMMON SENSE AND HEED THESE WARNINGS FURTHER INCREASES RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH APPROPRIATE AND SERIOUS ATTENTION TO SAFE OPERATION. USE CAUTION.
Aggressive and other stunt-type riding reduce your ability to maneuver and control your caster board. Take the necessary precautions, such as wearing appropriate protective gear and practice in a safe area for stunt riding and free from obstructions.
READ ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN OWNER'S MANUAL PRIOR TO FIRST TIME USE.