… as is very well demonstrated by the following video. Under the Red Bull banner, dirtsurfing goes muddily public and as you can see – it’s a fun spectator sport! Thanks Garrett for sending us the link.
As I said in a previous article (more about that here) dirt surfing was specifically designed and targeted at snowboarders and surfers who wish to ride when the surf isn’t up or the powder isn’t there, but it is a far more versatile sport. You can dirtsurf pretty well anywhere – on grass, dirt or paved hills, fields, forest trails, bike paths, beaches… or skateparks. You can even use a kitewing with it. That’s the versatility of this great inline board.
And, although it doesn’t look like it, it really is very easy to learn. It’s so well designed that the rider’s weight automatically centres and straightens the front wheel, creating stability and control and believe it or not, speed increases its stability because of the gyroscopic action of the large wheels. As I said earlier – balance helps. But it is true to say that in as little as 30 minutes you can be twisting and turning down the hill.
The dirtsurfer can also be combined with a kitewing and is then known as wingsurfing. Wingsurfing can be practiced on any flat surface such as fields, beaches, roads, etc. If the wind is good it can even go uphill. As with a kitesurfer, the power of the wind is harnessed to allow the wingsurfer air time in which he can practice and perform tricks. However, it is different to powerkiting with a mountain board in that you cannot change direction. The same side of the wing is always aimed at the wind and, a bit like sailing, you use it to tack and gybe.
The kitewing is a sport for all seasons. You can use it with skis, snowboard, ice skates, blades, mountain boards and dirtsurfers. An incredibly versatile sport. However, it does rely entirely on favourable winds – no wind, no kitewinging.
It is not practical to change sides when changing direction so wingsurfers tend to ‘make the transition from “heel-side” to “toe-side”. Riding toe-side means that your toes not your heels, point towards the floor as you lean forward into the wind, with your kitewing or kite behind you’, says Wikipedia. It sounds extremely complicated but it’s not … really. And you must admit it looks pretty cool.
If you want to purchase a board or find out more about this sport please do contact www.dirtsurfer.com directly. They will be glad to help.