There are many snakeboard sizes. Some of the most popular are 86 x 22 x 12 and 78.5 x 20 x 14 inches. There are also some snakeboards that measure 77 x 22 x 12 inches. These are also other sizes available. The design also varies.
The snakeboard was created in 1989 by Oliver Macleod Smith and James Fisher. Its basis was the original skateboard. The difference is that it had the characteristics of surfboards and snowboards.
These come with a couple of pivoting templates and a central board. Wheels are hooked up to the footplates through a form of truck. This is similar to those on typical skateboards.
Usage and Performance
Regardless of the snakeboard sizes used, a rider will always stand with the feet on each footplate. The feet are typically secured on the board via bearings. The board is moved by moving the feet in tandem with the hips and shoulders.
By using their body weight, the rider will be able to set the snakeboard into any direction. This is possible due to a transfer of energy known as non-holomonic locomotion. Anyone observing will see that the board moves around in a manner similar to a snake, hence the name.
Regardless of the snakeboard sizes being used, the board can be ridden on almost any kind of surface. The ease with which this can be done depends on the configuration of the board however. Properly set up, the board and rider can be propelled over a hill.
Skilled snakeboarders can also perform complex stunts akin to those on snowboards and skateboards. One of the advantages of using a snakeboard is that one can get momentum without having to push with the feet. Pushing with the feet has to be done with a skateboard.
Snakeboard was the name used by the manufacturer of this board. As it was the only company that made such a board, the activity became known as snakeboarding. The company also had the patent to the sport so one else could produce the same boards. In the late 1990s, the company sold the board rights to MV Sports.
The company eventually stopped making the boards, but new snakeboard sizes and variants have started appearing. Today, the board is known as a streetboard and the sport as streetboarding. Currently the board is sold in many countries around the world. It is still called snakeboard in some areas though.