There is a remote control for almost everything, from televisions to bed lamps. And with the launch of X-Cruise, even skateboarding is going hi-tech. The skateboard, manufactured by Coulomb Electronics, is the first of its kind in Asia. It is basically a board with an electrical motor attached underneath. Skaters only need to push a button on a wireless handheld remote control to cruise at speeds of up to 19km/h. According to local rapper Ghoststyle (aka Brandon Ho), who designs graphics for the boards, the concept marks a return to the roots of skateboarding. 'It's like the old style of boards. In 1988, my friend's uncle attached a motor to the back of a skateboard. Back in those days, people just used their boards to cruise. It was about getting from point A to point B,' said Ho. Early skateboards were similar to scooters. They were made of wooden boards and roller skate wheels and were typically longer than the skateboards popular nowadays, as a longer board provided more speed for travelling. Skateboard tricks grew in popularity starting from the late 1980s, thanks to boards with sophisticated designs. The boards were shorter, with smaller wheels that enhanced agility. Jerry Tsang, the global marketing manager for X-Cruise, described the cruise board as a product that brings skateboarding 'back to the future'. 'We are now in a new millennium and we are moving back to retro.' The first skateboards were cruisers, he pointed out. 'But those cruising boards are gone and you hardly see them anymore.' So how does the retro - yet hi-tech - cruise boards fare when compared with conventional skateboards? 'It's like a motor vehicle, but the difference is that you step on it, rather than drive in it,' said 18-year-old Colin Ng Ho-win, who also rides skimboards. Skater Noname Cheng Chi-ho, who also rides on heelys - sneakers with a wheel in the heel - and inline skates, said the cruise board allows skaters to adjust their speed easily according to their needs. 'When you are travelling, you can cruise slowly. But if you want to do tricks, you can adjust it to a higher level of speed' with the remote control, said Cheng, 23. Veteran skater Lau Chi-kit, aka Kit415, said there was a big difference between riding cruise boards and ordinary skateboards. 'In real skateboarding, it's the rider's body - rather than the motor - that controls the board,' said Lau. 'Also, the cruise board is quite heavy and it's difficult to perform tricks with it. It might be better as a transportation tool.' But Lau, who has been skateboarding for 12 years, said X-Cruise is a safe starting board for amateur skaters. 'The width of the board is broader and you can step on it and balance on it more easily' than conventional boards, said Lau. 'Even if you lose your balance, you can jump off easily from the board and avoid injuring yourself.' X-Cruise Ghoststyle Series Limited Edition will be unveiled at the Hong Kong Comics Festival which will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 29 to August 2. There will be a performance by Ho and a team of skaters from 6.45pm to 7.15pm during the first four days to celebrate the launch of the board.