Surfing the city streets with the "Stair Rover"

September 6, 2012 | Surfing
Stair Rover: a skateboard made for surfing stairs

Take surfing to the streets of London, New York, Sydney and Los Angeles with the "Stair Rover", a skateboard that goes down stairs.

Skateboarding and surfing have always walked together. Sharing technology, tricks and riding styles is part of the relationship between these boardsports.

"Stair Rover" is an innovative skateboard designed by Po-Chih Lai, a Royal College of Art graduate. It's not just another skateboard. This skateboard is prepared to ride down a long set of stairs, whether it's you local tube station or a metropolitan condo.

"London is my inspiration. It leads me to craft a new hybrid sport around the classic skateboard and novel stair climbing mechanism. The project aims to create a new experience for users to rove along the landscape of the city", explains Po-Chih Lai.

The stairboard is, in fact, made for riders. The board is ultra-flexible, long and can bend and glide to absorb the impact of stairs. The "mechanism of combing climbing wheels" does the rest.

The "Stair Rover" has eight wheels. It is built of aluminum, maple, bamboo, PU rubber and PVC. Po-Chih Lai was born in Taiwan and graduated from Design Products, at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2012.

The promotional video for "Stair Rover" was filmed in the Barbican Centre, in the capital of the United Kingdom, by Juriaan Booij.