I rode the Lexus hoverboard at a skatepark in Spain

Of the many technologies predicted by the 1989 classic Back to the Future Part II, perhaps none has stirred our collective imagination more than the Mattel Hoverboard, breathlessly ridden by Marty McFly through the streets of 2015 Hill Valley. The combination of an important part of American pop culture — the humble skateboard — with not-quite-plausible futurism made for a powerful combination, and people have been trying to replicate it ever since.

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Some of those efforts have been marginally successful, but none have produced the dream of a go-anywhere skateboard replacement. Still, we want these things so badly that we keep pounding away, consistently ignoring the realities of physics in the 26 years since the film came out. This year,…

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