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Ride of the Week: Road carving just got way cooler
Ok, so now we’ve gone off the deep end, and gratefully so. Each week I cover cool cars and their owners, here, in the Bu. But sometimes, just sometimes, a vehicle comes along that transcends the traditional way of getting around from point A to B. This week it’s Bobby Milstein and his Malibu road board.
The other day, my wife and I were walking along Malibu Road when this dude comes whisking by on an electric surfboard with wheels. Yes, wheels. He was going about 15 mph and seemed to be enjoying every minute of it, just like the guys out in the water. But this innovator, designer, fabricator and entrepreneur — otherwise known as Bobby — filled me in on how cool just became way cooler.
The Malibu road board is a sleek and sexy caving machine for the road. With a 49” wheelbase and altogether weighing in at about 60 pounds, it’s a 2-mph electric joy machine. After five minutes of carving this sick ride, I had a smile on my face that I literally didn’t know what to do with. All I could think was, “how do I get my hands on one of these right now?”
The Road Board comes with a 1000-watt motor powered by a LiFePo4 battery that charges in one hour, and creates a range of up to 12 miles. The pistol gripped accelerator works in tandem with the electronic braking, so it’s super easy to work, carve and rip.
“A company named Mountain Board Sports was the first downhill, pneumatic tire, earth-riding board on the market,” Bobby said. “Although I didn’t like how it carved, I decided to create my own.”
And that he did.
“Our testing ground for our original downhill boards was Kanan Dume Road back in 1996 when it was closed due to a landslide for months. We would surf during the day and carve down Kanan at night.
One night, we were discovered by a very young deputy who told us we were not allowed to ride on the road. He said we were impeding the flow of traffic, and that it was dangerous to do so. I debated with him for about 20 minutes about the feasibility of impeding the flow of traffic on a road closed to all motor vehicles. In the end we all had a good laugh and we were free to enjoy our four-lane downhill wonderland.” Once again, proving that cops can be cool.
I wonder if Mr. Deputy Man got on the thing. Because if he did, he’d have that same silly smile that I did. And after that happens, all you care about is carving all day long.
People in Malibu really blow my mind. Nowhere in the world is there such a concentration of extreme creativity, persistence and love for all things beautiful. And although this road board is a technical blow-mind, it’s actually also just plain beautiful to look at. Bobby’s background in special effects for film has resulted in a road worthy masterpiece of carving precision. It not only reminds you of what it was like to be a kid, it actually makes you one all over again.
Ok, that’s it. Now is when I should stop writing and get back on that thing.
And what does Bobby love about his little town?
“Malibu’s a place filled with amazing people and an amazing energy, where everyone is free to make their dreams come true.”
No truer words were ever spoken by a Malibuite. And this is why Bobby and his Malibu road board are this week’s Ride of the Week. Congratulations, man!
For those interested in adding a “real” set of wheels to their collection of cool cars, Bobby can be reached at MalibuRoadBoards@gmail.com.
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