Razor RipStik Ripster Blue or Red The Ripster classic is a smaller version of the Ripstik Ripster. The Ripstik Ripster Blue or red casterboard is an all around folding surfboard. Folding deck surfaces provide maximum grip. High-quality urethane wheels with ABEC 5 bearings provide a smooth riding experience.
Unlike the Ripstik Blue and Red you can't just fold the board up, it doesn't hinge open like the Ripstik Pro. If it were that easy, my father would have sold me the last Ripstik a long time ago. Instead, the sides of the board flip out when you press down on the tailgate. If you are looking for a smaller surfboard that has the functionality of a street surfboard the Razor Ripstik Ripster is probably not what you are looking for in a surfboard.
The pro's of the Razor Ripstik Ripster are the ease of use. When your feet hit the ground, your feet now stay grounded. In addition the deck plates slide to give a snug fit and are very easy to install and uninstall. If you love to take your board on trips to the beach, the great urethane wheels will allow you to travel with your board whether you have a large board or a small surfboard.
A couple things the pro's of the Razor Ripster don't like are the size and the material of the deck platforms. The larger platform gives more stability, but makes it harder to balance on. The smaller size is lighter, but doesn't feel nearly as stable. The company claims that they addressed these issues by using high performance urethane wheels and adding a soft foam nose. The result is that the boards have a nice smooth ride but don't feel as sturdy as they did on the last models. The urethane wheels still can be a little rough, but I have seen better.
One of the pros of the Ripster is the ease of installation. The boards come pre-cut and are very easy to install. A handy instructional video comes with the boards. Also, the company claims that you can take these Ripstik's on any type of water with you in the vehicle and the boards are extremely safe to use even on bumpy rivers.
Razor Ripstik's website doesn't mention price, but they do say that you can save more than 50% compared to similar "big brand" boards by using free shipping. The shipping costs for the boards seem pretty low. If you're going to give Ripstik a try, give them a try for two weeks and see what happens. If you like the way the board's work and the way they hold your feet I would recommend buying a Ripster Blue version.