Carver’s latest Mini Surfskates are like a radical flashback to the ’80s, but with a modern twist. Imagine a skateboard and a time machine had a baby – that’s the Zapp Series for you. Inspired by the bold fluorescent color fades and sharp angles of 1980’s surfboard graphics, these boards are so bright and energetic, you’ll need sunglasses just to look at them. They capture the essence of an era when surf style was all about being loud, proud, and a little bit outrageous.
Each Mini Series board in the Zapp collection is a rolling tribute to the 1980s – a time of extreme progression in surfing, much like the evolutionary leap surfskate is shimmying through today. It’s like Carver took the spirit of the ’80s, mixed it with modern skate tech, and dropped a neon bomb on it.
And it’s not just the bottom of these boards that’s got style. Flip one over and you’ll find custom grip tape graphics that are as distinctive as your favorite retro windbreaker. It’s like each board is wearing its own pair of funky patterned socks, making sure it looks cool from every angle.
Riding one of these Mini Surfskates is like doing the moonwalk on wheels. They come with the C5 truck set, which is so sleek and low-profile, you’d think they were designed by a secret skateboarding ninja. Choose between 81a Soft or 84a Medium Carver bushings – it’s like deciding whether to ride on clouds or slightly firmer clouds.
The wheels are 60mm/81a durometer Roundhouse wheels, perfect for cruising the streets like you’re surfing a neon wave. The lower deck height makes pushing as easy as rewinding your favorite cassette tape, and the soft bushings let you carve turns as smoothly as a synth riff in a pop hit.
The two smallest decks are crafted with 6 ply maple, light enough for the young guns, while the larger decks use 7 ply maple, sturdy enough for the full-sized ’80s kid at heart. In essence, the Carver Mini Surfskates Zapp Series is like a rad, rolling homage to an era of big hair and even bigger surf style, mixed with the cutting-edge tech of today’s surfskate scene.