Square Skateboards Inspired by The 'Back To The Future' Deck

We are less than a year from 2015, and it doesn't look like Marty McFly's hoverboard is going to happen, despite that video. What is happening are Emil Boards—German-made skateboards inspired by the classic Back to The Futuresquare design Marty jury-rigged before hitting the Under-the-Sea dance. 

Never having ridden a square skateboard, we were curious about the design and how it rides. "The board doesn’t bounce, like these flexy longboards or cruisers," says Niklas Groschup, one of the guys behind Emil Boards. "Riding an Emil for the first time feels a little different—at least for someone who is used to a normal skateboard with concave."

The initial prototype was fashioned from a rectangular piece of layered wood from a nearby wood shop, with some some trucks slapped on it. After a debut ride around the Munich streets one February night, Groschup realized he'd found something special. "It felt so nice riding on such a simple piece of wood."

That simple piece of wood is made up of natural and stained maple, with light or dark on the outside depending on which model you choose—vanilla or chocolate—and is sold solo or with various wheel options.

But we're still holding out for the hoverboard. It's not 2015 yet.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He has mediocre balance. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.