Former NRL and Queensland rugby league player, Chris Flannery, is now a real estate agent for Platinum Properties and an ambassador for Evolve electric skateboards.
Former NRL and Queensland rugby league player, Chris Flannery, is now a real estate agent for Platinum Properties and an ambassador for Evolve electric skateboards. Brett Wortman

Chris Flannery carves it up on an electric skateboard

CHRIS Flannery scored a try to help his Sydney Roosters win the 2002 NRL premiership.

He played a State of Origin game that year, which his Queensland side won.

But you get the sense those thrills pale into comparison to the rush he gets while riding an Evolve electric skateboard.

► Watch the skateboard in action on video below.

Chris, new Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles CEO and real estate agent, was introduced to the world of electric skateboarding a few months ago through a friend who had bought a board from new Australian company Evolve Skateboards. He got so hooked that he not only bought his own board that night, he contacted the creators to offer his services to promote the boards on the Sunshine Coast. He is now an ambassador who will promote the boards through his own networks on the Sunshine Coast and give people the chance to test the boards before buying online.

Chris says that after surfing and skiing his whole school life while growing up on the Sunshine Coast, it was a way to reconnect with the things he did as a child.

Apparently it has helped him with his real estate career too, as he has spotted a few houses while riding the boards.

Former NRL and Queensland rugby league player, Chris Flannery, is now a real estate agent for Platinum Properties and an ambassador for Evolve electric skateboards.
Former NRL and Queensland rugby league player, Chris Flannery, is now a real estate agent for Platinum Properties and an ambassador for Evolve electric skateboards. Brett Wortman

The background

Evolve Skateboards is owned by former Queensland landscaper Jeff Anning, 37.

The electric skateboards have captured an estimated 50% of the Australian market and Evolve has signed up seven international distributors in 12 months.

The first lot of boards were unleashed onto the market last July and sold out in two weeks. Not bad for a garage start-up.

"We knew people were interested in electric skateboards, but the boards at the time were clunky, loud, heavy and made with poor-quality parts," Mr Anning said.

"We've brought to the table the lightest electric skateboard available in the country, and the only range designed in Australia and made with real skateboard parts to ensure an amazing ride."

Evolve Skateboards have a top speed of 36 kilometres per hour which they can hit in five seconds, and can be charged through a standard power outlet. They come with a hand-held remote, can ride up hills, weigh less than a bike at eight kilograms and can get you anywhere within a 35 km radius on one battery.

The boards are priced from $1079 and include a six-month warranty on all electrics. The company's distributors sell Evolve Skateboards in Australia, Germany, the US, Canada, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, Austria, Holland, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and New Caledonia. Jeff's life forever changed when he first saw an electric skateboard in action four years ago.

"I couldn't believe this guy was riding his board without pushing," he said.

"What struck me straight away was the endless carve - like a snowboard run that never ends. "That's when the crazy obsession started."

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