The skate board ‘evolution’ just got electric
FLEUR Anning's three-year stint with Coffs Harbour's Coopers Surf may have 'evolutionised' skating.
Graduating from Southern Cross University in 2001, she worked for the local surf and skate chain for three years before making a move to Brisbane.
After co-owning a fashion boutique and working as a portrait artist, Fleur, 34, put the wheels in motion to set up her own electric skateboard company with husband Jeff.
A year since the launch of Evolve Skateboards, the company has captured 50% of the electric skateboard market and signed with seven international distributors.
"We knew people were interested in electric skateboards, but the boards at the time were clunky, loud, heavy and made with poor quality parts," Fleur said.
"We've brought to the table the lightest electric skateboard available in the country and the only range designed in Australia and made with real skateboard parts to ensure an amazing ride.
Evolve's Aussie-designed and built boards, affectionately known as a 'carving machine' hit the streets last July and sold out in two weeks.
Teenagers to retirees are skating on the boards, which are proving a popular form of recreation and a sustainable commuting option.
"Our boards are made with bamboo decks and use 20 times less energy than a car," she said. Coming with a hand-held remote they can ride up hills, weigh 8kg and have a top speed of 36km/h that can be reached in five seconds.
The battery charge will get you anywhere in a 35km radius.
The company's pitches that $1 worth of electricity buys you 140km on an Evolve Skateboard compared to 10km in your average car.