I saw the kickstarter campaign for Boosted Boards on a friend’s Facebook page in late September and was blown away. I used to have an Altered Electric MX800 skateboard and really liked it however the weight really deterred me from using it. The board had very good acceleration and power but in order to compensate for that it weighed around 60 pounds. I don’t even like to carry standup boards that weigh more than 30 pounds, much less a skateboard that weighs 60 pounds. Needless to say, I rode it a lot in the beginning with my son and eventually stopped riding it. That’s why I got so excited when I saw the campaign for Boosted Boards on kick starter. It was like nothing I had seen before and if I had to imagine how good an electric skateboard could be, this would be it.
I know that’s a lot to say based on a prototype that is not yet in production, however I’m pretty confident because I was able to demo the board in person, in real life. One of the Boosted Boards co-founders came to Hawaii for a wedding and hosted a demo that I was able to partake of. Although the demo model had its power reduced significantly, it was still able to easily move my 200+ pound body around the Kapiolani Community College parking lot and even up a slight hill. To me, it felt almost as powerful as the MX800 however when I lifted up the skateboard, the added 4 pounds from the motor and battery was almost negligible. I placed my order that night. I can’t wait for the delivery of my board in mid 2013.
Boosted Boards made a really nice video promoting their campaign and their product. I was able to shoot some video of our demo so that people can see something straight from my camera and get a good feel for what the board can do with first time beginners. Keep in mind that the battery was running down and the power of the board was limited in power and speed for the demo.
Take a look at the video below.
Here’s another video with some friends trying out the Boosted Board prototype at Ala Moana.