Surf Anywhere, Inside a Giant Wheel

This all-terrain board concept would thrill the PopSci editors of 75 years ago

Ever feel ripped off that you can only surf or snowboard in the confines of the ocean or on a snowy mountain? The new Loop-In design concept hopes to allow you to shred out of those constraints. Looking like a surf-/snow-/skateboard hybrid attached to two gigantic hoop wheels, the In-Loop promises radical movement just about anywhere, dude.

The Loop-In is still only a concept at this point, based upon the often-theorized, rarely used, huge overhead hoop wheel. In the wild 1920s and ’30s, Popular Science had a mania for predicting revolutionary transport concepts that incorporated similar wheels.

Click to see some of the far-fetched giant wheels that graced PopSci magazine covers of yesterday.

With motion described as feeling like “pushing a wave continuously”, the board section is independently mounted from the turning wheels and even has handgrips that give you the potential for flipping upside-down.

Whether the Loop-In will roll down your street some day or be included in this pantheon of awesome-looking rollabouts, only time will tell.

[via Tuvie]