DECATHLON SKATEBOARDING PLAY120 DEVELOPMENT
MAKING SKATEBOARDING MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR CHILDREN
The goal of this project was to redesign the previous children skateboard (picture below), focusing on a few key points to make a more-easy-to-learn skateboard that suits children (3 to 7 years old) needs and requirements.
This board was designed for children, that's why we spend some time observing children trying skateboarding. We gathered a lot of insights and came out with a skateboard that looks, at first, like nothing else on the market.
This board features a lot characteristics that answers children problems when they try to skateboard.
Here is a list of the improvements I came out with :
- Trucks on the kicks : longer wheelbase to get a more stable skateboard, lower deck to be easy to push, no way to "zip away" from your board by putting your two feet on the tail/nose (because their is no more leverage). This characteristic only solves quite a lot problem we observed!
- Classic hole set : once you know how to skateboard you can put your trucks into a more classic position to get used to having a kicktail (kickturns, tricks and more).
- Foot prints on the grip : a common problem is the children's foot positioning. With foot prints on the grip, the children can easily learn the right foot positioning!
- Softer bushings : a way for light skaters to carve easily
- Better bearings : better bearings means a long and fun ride
- Improved wheels : these wheels simply roll better
- Classic hardware : use any skate tool to mount your trucks
- Affordable price : all of these features at a really affordable price!
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Of course I wasn't the only one working on this project :
- Graphic design : Thomas Canut
- Photos : Frédéric Maciejewski
- Industrialization : Willem Isaert