YOW Surfskate Review (Tested & Compared)

By Billy James | November 28, 2023 | Surfskates

YOW is one of the best surfskate brands if you want a deep & divey carving experience. Their coil spring adapter allows you to get into a natural pumping motion, similar to pumping down the line on a surfboard. In my opinion, their adapter does a great job of replicating the feeling of surfing on land.

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Who Is It Best For?

I’d recommend YOW if you want a surfskate that has a deep, divey feel. They’re one of the easiest surfskates to pump from a standstill.

Out of all the surfskates I own, this is one of my favorites because it feels so natural to pump and maintain speed. Their front adapter allows you to do sharp turns but doesn’t jackknife as often as a SwellTech.

It’s one of the best options to practice your pumping and turns for surfing. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re a beginner since it’s so aggressive. Instead, look into Carver. Carver is where most beginners start.

Alright, now let’s take an in-depth look at all the parts.

Surfskate Trucks

YOW uses 9″ traditional kingpin trucks. The front adapter has no truck baseplate since it’s connected directly to the Meraki adapter. The back truck has a 1″ riser pad to even it out with the front adapter and prevent wheelbite.

YOW Meraki Truck

360 video of the Meraki

Type: Spring-Based
Spring: Coil (5mm or 4mm)
Bushings: 92A Barrel/Cone

The YOW Meraki is their most popular surfskate system. It’s a spring-based pivoting adapter that uses a coil spring. It offers a deep and divey carving experience that’s easy to pump from a standstill.

yowsurf meraki surfskate

YOW Legasee Truck

Type: Bushing-Based
Bushings: 92A Barrel/Cone

The Legasee truck is a bushing-based TKP. It offers more stability compared to the Meraki system. Here’s a 360 video of it.

Hardware

They use two different sizes of 10-32 flat hex bolts.

YOW front adapter bolts size are…

YOW back truck bolts size are

yowsurf hardware bolts screws

Decks

Their decks are made of 7 Plies maple with one colored ply. Beautifully done in my opinion. They even implemented a 3d viewer on all their product pages. This is helpful to get a clear picture of the deck shape.

yowsurf deck

Wheels

The older setups used to come with 66mm 78A Blue Cinetic wheels, but they switched.

They now make their wheels in-house; every setup comes with their URA wheels.

Props to them for making their wheels in-house. I don’t know of any other surfskate brand that manufactures the components of their setups.

yowsurf wheels

Bushings

The bushings are street cone and barrel.

The cones are 1/4″ and the barrels are 1/2″. YOW’s bushing durometer is 92a.

Now that I’ve covered every part of a YOW surfskate, let’s go over some pros & cons.

YOW (vs) Other Brands

A common question I always get asked is to compare YOW to other popular surfskates. In this section, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

YOW vs Smoothstar

YOW’s Meraki dives more than Smoothstar. Almost like you’re balancing on a tightrope. YOW and Smoothstar feel pretty similar to each other compared to the others.

YOW vs Carver

YOW uses a coil spring, which offers some of the deepest carving, whereas Carver is more mellow. I’d recommend YOW if you want something you can do deeper carves with, and Carver if you want something you can also use as a cruiser for longer distances.

I hope you found value in this YOW surfskate review.

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