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More Skateboard, Less Falling Off

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F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas

HIGH ROLLER | Funk Chubby longboards are hand-carved from solid wood salvaged from Brooklyn furniture companies. The model shown here comprises solid mulberry, black walnut and black locust.

IF YOUR MOST VIVID skateboarding memory is not of soaring off a half-pipe or mastering the art of the nosegrind—if, like mine, it’s of hitting a dip in the road, falling forward and skidding across pavement on hands and knees—the recently released Funk Chubby from funkinfunction longboards may appeal to you.

At a foot wide and 35 to 40 inches long, this “sidewalk surfer” is technically a longboard—a skateboard variation that’s more akin to a surfboard in look and ride. As longboards go, the Funk Chubby is on the shorter side, but its deck extends a few inches wider than most for added stability, according to the board’s designer, Brooklyn-based furniture maker Daniel Moyer.

The Funk Chubby’s other components were selected for ease of handling as well. The wheels, nearly 3 inches in diameter, facilitate more efficient coasting once you’ve built up momentum, and better absorb bumps in the road. The broad trucks—essentially the axles of the board—allow the deck to tilt unusually far from side to side when you shift your weight. (Mr. Moyer included cutouts in the deck so the wheels won’t scrape the underside during tight turns.)

Unlike many longboards, whose decks are made of plywood, the Funk Chubby line uses solid wood salvaged from local furniture companies, including Mr. Moyer’s. Selection will vary (Mr. Moyer makes about a dozen boards each month), but options currently include various combinations of oak, cherry, wenge, walnut and other hardwoods.

The Funk Chubby isn’t ideal for taking down a vert ramp or trying to master the elusive kickflip. But if your boarding aspirations have simplified over time, this stellar looking, sturdy and hard-to-fall-off-of board is worth taking for a spin. $325,

—Michael Hsu

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