Shredlights Letter

We're incredibly excited to announce the Riptide R1. An electric skateboard that packs all the power of premium brands like Boosted, Evolve, and Inboard, into a compact 31" deck, at 1/3rd of the cost. The Riptide will begin crowdfunding on 8/30/17, starting at $499, on our Indiegogo Page.

The Riptide R1 Electric Skateboard

Powerful, Portable, Affordable

 A Letter from our Founder


If you are reading this letter, you have made a purchase from in the last 2 years. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for believing in our products as much as we have and joining the movement. It's been a dream growing ShredLights from just an idea to a fully functioning product that is now sold in over 20 countries around the world (!). 

With Shredlights I’ve had the opportunity to interact with thousands of electric skateboard owners. Through these conversations and my own experience riding different brands I recognized an opening in the market. I became passionate about the possibilities of a highly powerful board (inspired by Boosted and Evolve) in a compact, airline-friendly package.

The Riptide is the result of that that passion and I believe its the ideal travel electric skateboard. The R1 is not designed to replace or compete directly against the premium boards we all love, it is designed to be the perfect second board. 

Through my experience designing and refining the supply chain for ShredLights I built a handful of relationships with international manufacturers. I began buying samples and testing them heavily around San Diego. After a lot of testing the sourced parts and refining some custom ones, I eventually found a part mix that achieved my performance goals and a vendor with strong references and communication skills.

At this time, I am excited to announce that I will be launching the Riptide R1 and R1 Elite on August 29th through Indiegogo. This board has a ton of power in a small package with a very competitive $499 price point. It's the perfect addition to add to your quiver or for quick trips around town. The handles make it extremely convenient to carry, and the massive 1800 watts of power still provide the power we all know and love. Of course, ShredLights will be included with the R1 Elite for night riding.

I am very excited about this new venture and would like to invite all of you to the early bird pricing on the R1 and R1 Elite starting at $499. You can pre-order one here.

PS - If you're ever in San Diego be sure to hit us up for our weekly night rides!



Eric Birkemeier


Riptide Electric Skateboards and Shredlights



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Our Line Up


The Riptide R1 Electric Skateboard comes in two models: The R1 and the R1 Elite.

Riptide R1

The R1 packs 1800W of power
into a compact, 31" deck.  

 Price: $499*
Top Speed: 18 mph
Range: 7 Miles*
Weight: 13 lbs
Wheels: 83mm 78a
Headlights? No

electric skateboard

Riptide R1 Elite

The Elite Package adds headlights / tail lights, along with larger, softer wheels, increasing speed and range.

 Price: $629*
Top Speed: 20 mph
Range: 8 Miles*
Weight: 14 lbs
Wheels: 90mm 75a*
Headlights? Yes*


*This table shows "Early Bird Pricing." Sign up to be notified when we launch to ensure you get these prices.
R1 MSRP: $749. R1 Elite MSRP: $899.
The R1 and R1 Elite batteries are both 99Wh, making them safe for air travel.
R1 Elite Wheels provided by ABEC 11. 
R1 Elite headlights and tail lights provided by Shredlights.


Interested in the R1 Elite but without the Shredlights (because you already have a set), check out this option (it will be live on Weds).