Heading down the shore this summer, stuck in the city or traveling—it doesn't matter where you are; the next few months are about getting outside. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best boards of the summer, from skateboards to surfboards and the boards that hover (except they don't really hover). Let your inner man-child be known with some of our favorite toys.
Island Escape 27” Nickel Board ($149, Penny Skateboards): Chase the sun on one of these tropical printed skateboards, the latest addition to the 2016 graphic range. They come in 27” and 22” for those who are a little better balanced.
Arbor Fish 39” Pintail Longboard ($200, Zumiez): If you’re suffering from an insatiable case of wanderlust, get yourself one of these mapped graphic boards to cruise around.
Pau Hana Big EZ Bamboo Stand Up Paddle Board ($1,300, REI): Whether you’re paddling in the ocean or doing yoga on the lake, this board is stable enough that you won’t expend too much energy trying to keep your balance.
Soft School Fish Surfboard ($645, New Surf Project): Hang ten on this low-entry rocker. The light nose lift makes for fast paddling and easy entry into the waves.
Dune Runner Sandboard ($259, Slip Face Sandboards): This racing board will pick up speed due to its long, flat and straight edges and tapered rail design. If you just so happen to find yourself in the Sahara this summer, this could be fun.
Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard ($189, Evo): Get riding with one of these forgiving boards. It’s perfect for beginners but once you move past the basics, it boasts complex features that’ll kick you into harder curves and bigger air.
Ultra Printed Art Skim Board ($390-$420, Victoria Skimboards): The Ultra is ideal for both beginners and longtime users who love the beach but don't feel like diving into the big waves. Customize your skimboard with prints of your choice.
Onewheel Electric Boardsport ($1,499, Onewheel): This 2 horsepower board creates lean-to-go control and allows you to cruise smoothly on pavement. And it’s not the kind that will spontaneously combust on you.
Kink Snowboard ($410, Ride Snowboards): Sure, there’s not much snow on the ground in the USA, but down South (America) and Down Under, you’ll find plenty of shred-ready surfaces. Bring along this jib-tastic stick from Ride and you’ll bounce effortlessly from the mountain to the streets. The fact that it references a classic ’80s poster is just a bonus, really.
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