What is the difference between the Ripstik and the Wave Board? The Ripstik and the Wave Board are very similar, but at the same time quite different boards. The most obvious difference is the look of the board, but there is more then that. There are also many similarities, which we will explore as well. First let us discuss the similarities of the boards. They are both designed to propel the rider forward without ever needing to touch the ground. The riding style is often the same as well as the movement in your hips and shoulders to get the board moving. Both of the boards are made from the same durable plastic, torsion bar and the riding concept is the same. Both boards have removable and replicable decks so if you get sick of the color or design that you have then you can switch it up. Both boards also have different colored wheels that are also interchangeable. Now the differences are going to be why you choose to ride the Ripstik or the Wave Board. The Ripstik and Wave Board look very different, that is the first and most obvious difference. The Ripstik, also referred to as the ripstick or the ripstik caster board, comes in solid color designs.
The wave board, which also has a few solid deck designs, tends to have more wild designs, mixing colors and words and symbols. Ripstik sticks with the simplicity of awesome looking solid color boards, while the wave board has great looking designs. The boards both have different shaped decks and grip plates. Although both are meant to do the same thing, which is give your feet a surface that will grip so your feet do not slide off, again they are different in design. The Wave Board has 77mm wheels, while the ripstik was 76mm wheels. The ripstik has a longer torsion bar, which is the middle bar that both the boards use to get the twisting motion need to ride. The Wave Board was started in 2004, while the Ripstik came out a few years later. The ripstik is manufactured by the Razor Company, which also is one of the worlds largest manufactures of kick scooters. With the backing of Razor, and because Razor is very popular, the ripstik tends to be the more well known board. The wave board however is gaining great popularity and a good reputation. Whatever the differences or similarities are it is going to come down to which board you like should be what board you ride. They both ride and feel very similar, but there are a lot of great differences that are going to help you decide which the best is for you. Is it going to be the name that you like, the designs that you like, the colors, or something different. Although each board is different in ways and the same in ways they are both awesome and fun boards to ride. You get the thrill of carving like you are on a snowboard or surf board, you can do some awesome tricks, as well as just cruise around.