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Lifestyle

My World Mountainboard Day

Posted on 30 July 2010




Stopping for a quick break I took the opportunity to survey the constancy of the dirt road I would soon be riding. The road was originally a mining road that served as a passage through the mountains. The natural layer of hard packed dirt from recent rain was littered occasionally by a protruding boulder or a scattering of crushed gravel. Earlier on in the road I had found myself walking over a thicker level of gravel, most likely an recent improvement to the old road.

I capped my water and pulled on my pack and after situating my mountainboard that was secured to my pack I continued up through the pass. My intentions for choosing this place for my World Mountainboard Day adventure was for the ride. Of course it’s always for the ride but on this day I wanted to focus especially on the ride, the flow, that connection between rider and earth.

The road was somewhat steep at parts but for the most part wound gently through the surrounding hills and peaks. The hike was quiet, except for the rocks occasionally grinding against each other under my feet.
Soon I reached the highest point of the road beyond which descended further into the pass. Marking the end of my journey and nestled in the hills was a small lake. Fed by trickling streams that tumbled down from melting snow and distant glaciers, the waters still surface seemed to reflect the solitude of its setting.

It was at this lake that I geared up. I pulled on my pads and prepped my gear. The actual descent hadn’t even started yet but already the gnar was working it’s way into my blood. The awesome scenery that sprawled out around appeared littered with possible ride spots. Having spent extra attention in surveying my descent path and it’s terrain I felt connected with the ride already-it was mine.

After a couple adjustments after initially strapping in I found just the right tire pressure in order to slow my ride to where I wanted it. The entire mountain was mine, only a couple of confused marmots witnessed my ride. While the ride was somewhat slow, I maintained enough speed to be able to enjoy that awesome sensation of the carve; the exchange with gravity and momentum, the careful balance between too much and too little force at the peak of each carve.

Although my World Mountainboard Day was spent on a solo adventure, I was united by riders from all over. Everyone doing their thing. I think that’s the what makes mountainboarding so gnarly; everyone has their own thing but yet on World Mountainboard Day we can all still unite.

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Lifestyle

Machete Mountainboarding

Posted on 11 March 2010

machete mountainboardingI had an idea, and I need the input of Mountainboard.net readers.

Machete Mountainboarding, or maybe Bushwack Mountainboarding-the name isn’t important rightnow-but it’s a new style of riding, sortof. Technically it would fall under freeride and downhill, but it’s got a bit of a twist: no trails allowed, it’s all about PURE OFF-ROAD riding.

The only trails you can use are those that get you to the top of the hill or mountain. From there, it’s time to crash through brush, dodge unseen logs, and battle the tangling grasses. Many of us have already done this at one time or another, but how often do we actually persue it. I think it could be interesting.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any awesome names for the style. I’d be willing to test it out this season if anyone would be interested. I would post my findings as it develops.

Let me know what you all think.

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Lifestyle

It Begins

Posted on 22 February 2010

It obviously depends on where you are in the world, but many of us are finally pulling our boards for the start of another awesome season of riding. Hopefully you are all putting the old WD-40 to work as your boards have been in storage are in need of a little lube. Also on that note, many of us are currently finding the trails and hillsides rather wet if not still partially or mostly covered in snow, this makes for another obvious reason to keep an eye out for rust and squeaks.

A couple updates about Mountainboard.net:

First, due to lack of participation by manufacturers, our annual mountainboard product guide for 2010 will not be produced this year making it a very not-annual product guide. We apologize for this but at the same time would like to make a point concerning the matter.

The idea behind the annual product guide was to allow riders the opportunity to see what’s available for our sport. The more riders who downloaded the guide, the harder manufacturers have to work to make us quality products. It promotes competition at their level which results in better more innovative products for us. Great idea right? Thanks Mountainboard.net for caring about this sport, your passion is inspiring-OF COURSE IT IS! (Now you can see we are slightly irritated) Unfortunately our passion for the sport does nothing to change the minds of manufacturers. So thank you to all of you who supported us in 2009 by purchasing the product guide (which is still available), and once more we apologize not being able to make a 2010 issue. Perhaps hearts and minds will change in the years to come.

Know this, however, nosno stood strong and supplied us with the needed rights and images for 2010. So big, awesome, props and figurative fruit baskets to nosno for being the one and only! Obviously a product guide with only one manufacturer’s products defeats the purpose but props and fruit baskets are deserved just the same!

Also, while we’re handing out props, hope everyone has had a look at our current sponsors (links are in the boxes in the right column). Kitewing.com and PrimalTwitch.com.

Kitewing.com is a good site, very informative if you are considering a kitewing. Awesome videos also. I would love to give one those things a try. Anyone used one or own one?

PrimalTwitch.com is a new site. “T-shirts inspired by awesomeness,” they say. It’s a site dedicated to extreme sports and designs t-shirts inspired by the “primal twitch” of such sports. It’s just starting out so check it out and help support our supporters.

So there’s the recent rundown- Now get riding. Send us your comments, your ride adventure logs, awesome weekends, videos, pics- whatever, this is Mountainboard.net- help make it even better!

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Interviews

Tony Dogga of Brazil

Posted on 07 September 2009


1. So Tony, when did you first start mountainboarding and why?
I started to ride on mountainboard since 1997,because I really cannot to support the stupid crowds in the skateparks. I wish to ride between the nature.

2. Will you explain a little about the mountainboard scene there in South Brazil?
Well, I developed the atb scene in South Brazil with simple boards, without technology,the boards were done in our garages..they are primitive boards.

3. You have been a huge influence to the growth of mountainboarding in Brazil. What are some of the things you’ve done to get the word out?
I worked and am still working so hard in my area, I invited some skaters to enjoy the mountainboard scene on differents ways, like grounds, grass and single tracks.

4. What advice do you have for mountainboarders trying to grow the sport in their own pocket of the world?
I think..each one can be that dreams come true..let spread this word like a virus!!!

5. Are there any riders that inspire you?
ohhhhhhhh..definitely JASON T LEE and TOM KIRKMAN as well!!

6. What is your vision for the future of mountainboarding is South Brazil?
My vision for the future is very clear, because WE have HOT RIDERS, AMAZING SPOTS AND LOVELY PEOPLE. So ..come to SOUTH BRAZIL.

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Lifestyle

Mountainboarding Day

Posted on 17 June 2009

Don’t forget about World Mountainboard Day on June 19th. That’s in just two days if you haven’t noticed so make plans now if you haven’t already done so.

What an awesome opportunity for us as mountainboarders to unite and do our thing- however it is we do it. Please use the comment form below to throw down what you plan to do for World Mountainboard Day. If you dont have plans yet, maybe you can use these comments to gather inspiration.

Here are ten ideas in case you don’t have your own yet:

1. Hit up your favorite park/centre with your crew.
2. Ride the entire day and film it (and if you’re really cool, submit it to Mountainboard.net for posting).
3. Pack a bag full of food, water, and perhaps a few energy drinks and pull a wicked awesome 24 hour session.
4. Throw your own mountainboard film festival.
5. Ride somewhere new- explore.
6. Park hop, hit up as many parks or centers as you can in a single day.
7. Raid a skate park.
8. Start the morning off with a deep clean and tune up of your mountainboard.
9. Invite local crews to ride with your crew (total spirt of unity here).
10. Shred the gnar like you mean it!

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Respect the Feet

Respect the Feet

Posted on 14 April 2009

There are times when a day of riding seems to soak deep into the soul. The kind of soaking that causes everything to flow. It’s not always the flow that we expected or planned, but still it seems to sync all the feelings of the day into one epically fluid ride. That is a good day.

It’s days like these that we feel as though our mountainboard is an extension of our own body; as much a part of us as an arm or leg. While these are awesome moments in mountainboarding, we still need to pay attention to the parts of us that really are attached.

The feet are what joins rider and board. In order to take care of that vital part of the body, mountainboarders have to pay attention to the kind of footwear they use. There are a few factors that we face when picking what type of shoe to stick our foot in. Ankle support, availability, and comfort are among these factors.

The ankles can take a beating at times, especially for newbies who have a tendency to step off their board when they loose control. But newbie or not, the ankles are always under a lot of stress in any active sport or activity. So what can you do? Wear a shoe with high supportive ankles that fits well, or you can wear any shoe and throw on an ankle brace.

Personally, I’d rather upgrade my helmet or buy some spare tubes before I spend money on mountainboard specific shoes. For those of you like me, who prefer to use what we have rather than bust open the wallet, we simply have to check out our old shoes and see what works best. If all you have is an old pair of Sunday church shoes however, you may want to look for an alternative.

Last but definitely not least, comfort. You want to wear a shoe that isn’t going to tear your foot to pieces on a long day of riding. At the same time, you don’t want to get too comfortable and sport a pair of fluffy slippers shaped like kittens. Not to loose, not to tight.

The feet are what joins the rider with his mountainboard. This doesn’t mean, in my opinion, that you have to go out and break the bank in order to take care of your feet. Perhaps the day will come when a “Mountainboarding Shoe” will be on the market. On that day, I don’t know if I would run to buy a pair as it really doesn’t take much to find footwear that works.

Send in a photo to Editor@Mountainboard.net, and let the rest of us see what kind of shoes you rock when you shred your gnar. If I get enough photos sent in we can post them on a future post. Why would I want to post a bunch of photos of feet? No reason whatsoever aside from it being funny. So tell all your friends to send there feet pics to Mountainboard.net so they can be a part of a completely pointless shoe gallery.

Here’s what Andrew Sanders perfers:
“Here is what I ride in, a pair of Nike Zooms, white leather, red shiny. They offer good ankle support, and are the perfect size for a good firm fit in the bindings. Also, the basketball style soles offer a great grip on the deck. I haven’t tried any other basketball shoes, but because they offer similar needs to what a mount boarder may desire, I think it may be worth looking into.”



Here’s what Dan Wilson (of Remolition) perfers:
I used to ride in old leather Saucony Jazz trainers till they let mud in and fell apart so invested in my Vans ico snowskate trainers.. They totally rock with high top, good grip, toughened sides, lace protection ( perfect for my f3 bindings) and an interior gaiter with drawstring to stop mud/dirt getting in! and totally waterproof. They embody Radness. With added odour eaters they don’t even stink either ;) Wholly recommended and way cooler than anything else designed for fashion, basketball etc!

Here’s what Sean Marshall perfers:
Oh man! Nothing helps me rock the ride more than lacing up my US Issued Marine boots. My buddy (X-Marine) gave me a pair of these hardcore kicks. There’s just something about having your ankles laced up tight in some ultra-tuff boots that makes you feel invincible. Speed wobbles? What speed wobbles!

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