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Mountain Boarding Is A Thing

You are here that means you are an adrenaline enthusiast, then you probably crave the thrill of snowboarding, among other extreme sports. Well, some adrenaline junkies replace their snowboards with mountain boards when the snow melts. Yes, mountain boarding is a thing.

This sport is nothing different than snowboarding; only it lacks snow from the picture. In your little adventure, instead of snow, you are now joined by dirt, grass, or even asphalt. And your snowboard is now replaced with mountain boards.

History of Mountain Boarding

It was the 1990s when a few snowboarders from California were bumped that they had to wait for another few months for their adrenaline fix. They wanted to reproduce the thrill even in the absence of snow. That’s when they thought about mountain boarding. One of the inventors of this new extreme sport, Jason Lee, founded a company called MBS Mountain Boards back in 1993. Since then the sport hasn’t looked back.

The Board

These boards are not just known as mountain boards, but people also like to call them dirt boards, and my personal favourite: ‘no snowboards’. These boards are made keeping in mind the rugged terrain of the mountains. Since mountains are rougher when they are not cushioned by snow, so riders need a very sturdy board for protection.

The mountain board starts with the deck. Just like snowboards, mountain boards are made according to the skills and sizes of the riders. Each board needs two trucks, or the instruments that attach the wheels to the deck, just like on a skateboard. However, skateboards and the best off-road electric skateboards both are equally essential. These trucks are an integral component since they provide the rider with control and some sense of stability.

To keep the rider attached to the board, the boards have something called bindings, taken from the snowboards. The most common bindings are the velcro bindings.

The mountain boards have about 20cm wheels; however, they can be customised according to the preference of the rider.

The Riding Style

These are the most common of the riding styles followed by the riders:

  1. Freeride: Just like it sounds, this style is non-competitive, and the rider has no terrain limits either.
  2. Freestyle: Now this is the style used by the riders in competitions, and it includes big air, slopestyle, and jibbing.
  3. Boardercross: Two-four men racing down on a mountain with a designated track is boarder crossing.
  4. Downhill: single riders run against time to navigate the long winding tracks, these timed descents are also sometimes called a big mountain.