My son, who is my fount of knowledge on many extreme sports, is saving up to buy an MBS mountain board – something to pack alongside the kite board, snow board, windsurfers, skis, skateboard, blades and the prosaic old tennis rackets!
Time to check this sport out more closely I think… and if you took the time to watch the video from switchfakie above you’ll have an idea of what we are about to let ourselves in for. Before we know it he’ll be dragging us up to the mountains to have a ‘real’ challenge – completely ignoring the fact that you can mountainboard anywhere with a 5 degree slope!
A 5 degree slope will give you enough speed to carve – but will this be good enough for him? Hell no.
If you are a beginner at mountainboarding then a grassy hill is the best place to start. Alternatively you can use BMX tracks, dirt roads and pavements. Actually, you can ride your mountainboard virtually anywhere you want.
A mountainboard is part snowboard and part skateboard. It has a snowboard-like deck, adjustable turning system, air-filled knobby tires and an open-heel binding system. Some mountainboards can be outfitted with a hand-held V brake – all MBS boards have this facility.
They were initially invented to help snowboarders cross-train during the dry summer months.
Since then mountainboarding has developed into a sport in it’s own right with it’s own culture and history and includes racing, freestyle, freeride and kiting disciplines. Mountainboarding is done in over 30 countries and continues to be one of the most exciting and fastest growing extreme board sports.
Essentially it is a combination of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing, but done on grass, dirt or pavement. You initiate turns by applying pressure on your toes or heels.
It’s not difficult to learn. If you’ve got good balance, it’s pretty easy. In fact it is much easier to learn than snowboarding. Within one hour most people can learn how to carve in both directions and in total control.
Protective gear is recommended – helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, leather gloves, long pants, knee pads, sturdy shoes, eye protection. The safer you feel the better you will ride and when you do take the eventual tumble you’ll won’t mind getting right back up and carrying on.
And this is the sort of thing that is bound to happen to you whilst learning to mountainboard… as kindly portrayed by adztec77!
However, with a bit more practice you’ll be able to emulate mtbord510 and board like this: