Rollplay Wave Catcher

Rollplay Wave Catcher

If you’re looking for a new way to get kids playing outside, the Wave Catcher, from Rollplay, just might do the trick!

The innovative ride-on combines the familiar elements of scooters, skateboards, and light electric vehicles into a ride that lets kids “surf” the neighborhood. The Wave Catcher rides like a skateboard but handles like a scooter. By pairing a lightweight, yet durable aluminum skateboard deck (complete with a grip tape-like surface) with a scooter-like handle, kids can cruise and carve turns as if they’re riding waves thanks to the side-to-side tilting nature of the skate deck.

To get started, kids will need to kick off as they would on a standard scooter. Then, once they hit 3 mph (which isn’t fast at all), they simply press one of the dual throttle buttons located on the Flex HandleBar to activate the on-board electric motor. From there, the motor kicks in, powering the Wave Catcher to speeds of up to 10 mph!

Top speed is controlled by a button conveniently located on the side of the Wave Catcher’s deck. Choose between 5 mph and 10 mph, depending on the skill or preference of the rider.

For those who may be a bit more adventurous, the Wave Catcher can be controlled using one or both hands, and the Flex HandleBar allows for control positions based on rider preference. As kids learn to handle the Wave Catcher, they can zoom down the street and lean in and out of turns with either hand.

Finley The Rock Daughter on the Rollplay Wave Catcher

My daughters were able to get the hang of the Wave Catcher within minutes of riding. I like the safety features, such as the auto shut-off for the electric motor once the throttle button has been depressed, along with the rear footbrake for additional stopping power. The kids love the versatility, speed, and ease of use. Overall, it’s a win all the way around!

The Wave Catcher is easy to assemble, with minimal connections required right out of the box. The included wall charger powers the included 24-volt battery for up to one hour of ride time on a single charge. Geared toward kids ages 8 and up, the Wave Catcher carries a recommended weight limit of 143 lbs. When playtime is over, the Wave Catcher folds for easy, space-saving storage.

As with any ride-on vehicle, the use of a proper safety helmet is highly recommended.

About the author

James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is editor-in-chief of The Toy Book, a senior editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and editor of the Toy Report, the Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a senior editor and moved up the ranks to deputy editor and editor-in-chief.