The Tortuga is the most versatile freestyle dancer on the planet. Turtles aren’t always slow.
New for 2K22:
- Better and sharper graphic, more defined and brighter colours with higher contrast.
- New pressing method and a tweaked lay-up with a more even distribution of forces which results in a more balanced and stronger deck.
- Abrasion resistant top finish to keep that colour looking good.
- Dancergrip (clear) as a standard on all 2K22 decks. Can be combined with regular or SYS grip too as it will still stick as usual.
|Length||117 cm, 46 inch|
|Width||22.5 cm, 8.85 inch|
|Wheelbase||70.4 cm – 76.4 cm, 27.7 inch – 30.07 inch (total of 9 options)|
If you want a versatile freestyle dancer, look no further. Well, you can look elsewhere, but you will come back to this board anyways. Even we are surprised by the balance of this board. Somehow it all fits. The multiple wheelbase options give this board so many different characters. A wide set-up gives it more dampened flex for that smooth dancing and high pop, while the short wheelbase gives it a more responsive flex and big kicks. The concave is mellow and turns upward at the stance. This gives the flex a very unique feeling and a very comfortable stance. Throw in three different flex options and you can always find the Tortuga that fits your style. We could go on and on about the characteristics of this board. So we will.
The extra strip of bamboo fitted under the kicks makes the board last longer but also gives it a nice pop, regardless of which wheelbase you choose. The waist is not to wide, making it lighter but also it affects the flex ever so slightly. We tried a lot of different shapes to finally arrive at this one. Oh yeah, and it has two stage kicks, so you can easily feel where to place your feet.
Closer to the bolts for one footed tricks you will find that the concave is still there. This concave allows for a better grip while doing tricks like blunt slides, g-turns, you name it. Further away from the bolts and you’ll notice the kicks curve upwards a bit more. This two-stage curve gives a lot of control during manuals. Combine all this with three different weaves of glass fiber and carbon in the kicks, and you’ve got yourself the most balanced, durable and surprising trick dancer on the market. If we may say so ourselves.
Even though the concave is pretty mellow, it has a lot of subtle features. The concave in the middle is a bit less compared to the stance. After the stance it still has some concave, so even at the bolts you will always know where you stand. Don’t forget the rocker. Because of the fact that the middle of the board is situated underneath the height of the truck-mount, this board feels very stable and rocks like a cradle while dancing, even on higher speeds.
The concave protrudes throughout the kicks, making them very stiff. This in turn gives the board a steady pop. Also, right after the bolts it goes a bit straight, and after that it goes up and up. In every orientation whether it’s in a manual or a blunt slide, it feels somehow ‘right’. The shape also gives it a steady feel and the extra strips of bamboo make it durable.
Because of the rather mellow concave, the Tortuga is flexy. Even the stiff version is supposed to have some flex. Depending on your choice of wheelbase you can choose between a mellow flex or a snappy flex. The usage of 3 different types of glass the board has a predictable flex throughout, minimizing that weird torsional twist. The middle layer of lightweight glass gives the board a better glue bond, to further ensure a durable board. Depending on your choice of either flex, medium or stiff, you will find strategically placed heavy Carbon fiber underneath, which is concealed by a veneer of bamboo to keep it natural bro.
Variable wheelbase for a huge variety of set-ups. The longest is 76,4 centimeters and the shortest is 70,4 centimeters. With three different possibilities on both sides you’ve got a total of 9 different choices on where to place your trucks. Long enough for slow paced dancing, or short enough to dance fast with a slower speed. Whatever you want.
All-round, balanced, versatile.
Tortoise. Made by Lance Schmale.
We personally believe that this board needs a dancing set-up. 50 degrees 180 trucks with 60-65mm wheels. It has wheel wells, but for larger wheels (65mm>) we suggest an appropriately sized riser.
Jildou Dammers –
Samuel oderhem –
Best board ever
Tom Bos (verified owner) –
Amazing deck for freestyle and dance!
uitstekend board en top service
NOALHAT Benjamin –
Best board si Nice for freestyle dancing good flex
I have progressed never as well as on this board!
Juul (verified owner) –
Best board I’ve skated so far.
The lightest dancer board
Roald Schuermans (verified owner) –
Durable, light and the concave really feels just right.
An overall awesome deck
justintlat (verified owner) –
Absolutely love my Tortuga. Originally bought a soft flex and once it came my wife liked it so much she stole it from me lol, so I turned around and order another with medium flex. Timber took the time to make the second one special to me and I’ll never forget it. Love the shape, concave is amazing for dance, light weight, extremely tough, and has great pop. I’m very impressed with the quality and the personal experience Timber provided.
Liam Van Eynde –
Prachtig design en perfect om te dancen, evens ook een top service. Keep up the good work guys
Roald (verified owner) –
This board is indestructible. I have skated it for 10 months-ish now and I have took it out for a sesh nearly every day. The board started chipping a bit since last month, but the chipping doesn’t get bad, as the fibreglass keeps everything in place. The pop stays really good up until the very end 🙂
Joe Goldsmith (verified owner) –
For me at least, this is absolutely the best dancer I’ve ever tried, and I’ve skated most of them (Majutsu, Simple, Landyachtz, Loaded, Alternative etc). It’s not instantly comfortable, but within about a day or two of skating this beast I can’t see myself skating anything else.
The concave is more pronounced in the stance, meaning slides and hard carves grip your feet exceptionally well. The board then being flatter in the middle makes pirouettes, Peter pans etc really easy and also less fatiguing for your feet. The two stage kicks are genius, because you just know where your foot is without even looking at it and you can lock your foot into the little pocket created by the flat spot to do one footed tricks etc.
The wheelbase options are incredible, and even on the longest wheelbase this is a ridiculously easy board to throw around! I have mine set up on the longest wheelbase and there’s still more than enough tail for no-complies, shuv-it’s etc. When the tails are both worn about an inch I’ll probably move in to the middle wheelbase, and that’ll stiffen up the flex a bit too once that’s started to wear down (word of note: I’ve been skating the flex model a few hours everyday for a month now and it flexes exactly the same).
It’s also worth mentioning the durability of this board. I’m not gentle with my boards, I flip them, throw them, do all sorts of stupid stuff with them but the rails on my Tortuga are still immaculate after about 100+ hours of skating. How? Because the design means that when the board is flipped over the rails are unlikely to touch the floor first. As such the board wears at the tails the same as any other board but the space where you lay down your fancy footwork remains perfectly intact.
The graphics are amazing, in fact they look better in person than they do in the photos! The fancy dancer grip does too; speaking of which, the fancy dancer grip is a seriously good idea. The 25% grips are just enough grip to grab your feet when you slide on flatland and the 80%+ options are even grippier but still loose enough that you can pirouette easily enough.
The board is also surprisingly lightweight, and the cutouts mean that wheelbite is practically impossible. Timber have earned a customer for life here (or at least for as long as they keep making these awesome boards) – I wouldn’t skate anything else now.
They’re also a super cool bunch of dudes! And amazingly helpful when I’ve spammed them with messages in the past. Thanks Team Timber! ❤️
Best board, best graphics
daniele2beretta (verified owner) –
bekahlongboard (verified owner) –
Most amazing board ever.
It is super versatile for dancing and freestyle, and it is extremely friendly for beginners as well.
Would absolutely highly recommend!