I have a Smooth Star as well - wasn't cheap and had to wait 3 months for it to ship from Australia - but it's really, really fun and worth the wait. I wouldn't say carving turns feel the same as surfing... but the feeling of pumping up and down the face of a wave feels almost identical on the SmoothStar. Really feels night and day compared to other surf skates I've had. I got this one:picked up a Smoothstar and it feels a lot like being in the water. Adjustable spring in the front truck allows you to change the tension for more or less additional pivot. They're hard to get right now but I'd rec it to anyone looking. They stopped selling the trucks separately so unfortunately you have to buy a deck as well.