Similar to other board riding sports, mountain boarding is a type of extreme sport where riders ride four-wheeled mountain boards down mountain or hill terrains. The thrill of the sport is riding at fast speeds, performing sharp turns, going down big jumps/drops, and being able to ride anytime and anywhere. Mountain boards are a mash-up of snowboards and skateboards, exactly what you'd expect from this board-sport hybrid.
Mountainboarding is very varied and can be done in lots of different ways. Some people are are into going fast down mountains, others like doing tricks over jumps, and some enjoy sliding around in the woods. Mountain boarding has four main disciplines: downhill, boardercross, freestyle, and freeriding.
Downhill competitions are timed, one kilometer descents. It involves racing against the clock on long tracks, often down mountains and through woods. Many Downhill Mountainboarders use brakes and big wheels. The rider with the fastest time wins.
Boardercross, also known as BorderX, is a team event where riders race on a specific track. The team with the fastest time wins. Competitive BoarderX racing involves four riders racing against each other on specially made tracks with features like berms and rollers. Lots of riders like riding BoarderX tracks outside of competitions.
Freestyle involves performing different tricks off of platforms and other equipment. In freestyle, the events include slopestyle, big air, street, skatepark and jibbing.
Freeriding is non-competitive riding over natural terrain. Freeriding is regarded by some as the purest form of mountainboarding. It’s about just enjoying the ride, not trying to be the fastest or most stylish. Freeriding can be done just about anywhere; in the woods, on grass slopes and down service tracks.
Riders compete for themselves or they can compete in teams of 2-4.
Always wear a helmet, wristguards, elbow pads, and knee pads. You can also get padded shorts, which are a great idea, and body armour too. Here's the list:
Matt Brind is regarded as one of, if not, the best mountain boarders of all time. Brind is the reigning UK champion for the past three years. In 2011, he completed the incredible feat of landing a double backflip. He holds the record for most World Championship titles won. Currently he is the Director of Operations for the International Mountainboard Association.
August 4, 1991