As if us already action packed thrill seeking junkies need one more hobby. Although, there is a board sport I recently discovered that adds just one more extreme sport to the list. It is called mountain boarding and although it is not that new to our board repertoire it is surprisingly easy to get started.
It is not for the faint at heart or even the traditional, as it is a unique combination of mountain biking, skateboarding, and in many ways snowboarding. But in saying that, to begin all you need is some dirt and a mountain board and you are ready to play. Now you may be asking, what exactly is a mountain board?
A mountain board is a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard. Size wise the board is exactly in between the two sports (similar to that of a longboard). Although we can break its similarities into the two sports to help explain the board better. Like a snowboard there are rubber “bindings” or straps that you slide your foot into. It is also used primarily for mountain terrain (‘sans ‘snow of course). Like a skateboard, the mountain board has wheels! The tires are significantly larger and made from rubber, similar to a far scaled down versions of a mountain bike tire (personally reminds me of the wheels of my old Fischer Price truck). This allows for movement across all different types of terrain.
I had a chance to see the pro mountain board rider’s this past weekend perform in Denver and was in ‘aw’ of what these gentleman can accomplish. There were backflips, 720’s, and McTwist’s from a thirty foot drop into a gapped ramp. After the show, I sat down with pro rider, AJ, to get the full scoop.
According to AJ, there is really no other sport that compares for him. It is so easy to just hop on a mountain board and play. AJ mentioned that he enjoys several other board sports but since beginning mountain boarding years ago it has become his number one. AJ and the crew of mountain board pros love to push the boundaries of what can be done in the sport and what kind of terrain can be tackled. Unlike snowboarding, skateboarding, or surfing that need specific surfaces mountain boarding is a world of board opportunities no matter where you are. No lift ticket, no swell, and no park waivers, just riding.
As I went through the product with AJ I became a bit overwhelmed. There are about twenty different boards including carve boards to accommodate many styles. You can get started for about $160 and get tricky with pro model boards all the way up to $560. For most beginners you can get all set up and ready to go for about 200 bones. This will include the board and the necassary padding if needed (which makes a farely cheap sport if you compare it to the costs of lift tickets and such).
AJ rides one of their pro freestyle boards but explained the difference between the top of the line boards and the starters. Each board is specifically designed for different usages. There is a board that is stiff and stable for downhill and boardercross. There is also a kite board. This is used for all terrain land kiting. Then there are all around freestyle boards for three different levels of rider. Each board includes trucks, wheels, foot straps and brake system. Mountain boards have covered all the bases to make sure you can board anywhere possible, not just on snow or cement.
For more info check out mbs.com and to get hooked up mention Jenna from The Ski Channel.