A mountainboard is part snowboard and part skateboard. Mountainboards include a snowboard-like deck, adjustable turning system, air-filled knobby tires and an open-heel binding system. All MBS mountainboards can be outfitted with a hand-held V brake.
Mountainboarding is essentially snowboarding but done on grass, dirt or pavement. With a mountainboard your terrain is limitless and you can ride ALL YEAR LONG!
Although it draws a lot of similarity from snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, 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 board sports.
Only on a mountain? No. You can ride a mountainboard almost anywhere. In fact you really need only a 5 degree slope to have enough speed in which to carve. Generally grass hills are an ideal place to learn.
Additionally you can ride on bmx tracks, dirt roads and pavement. The question is more “Where can’t I ride my mountainboard?” The answer is you can ride it almost anywhere you want.
Land kiting is using a mountainboard and power-kite to harness the power of the wind to experience the thrill of kitesurfing on grass, dirt or firm sand. Land kiting is a great alternative to traditional kitesurfing on water and is a sport in it’s own right.
Kite instructors find it easier to teach the fundamentals of kiting on dry land with a mountainboard because it can be done in lower and safer wind speeds and the kiter doesn’t have to worry about the added element of being in the water.
Mountainboarding is quite easy to learn for anyone with generally good balance. 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.
We recommend wearing it all. 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 get right back up and ready to ride again.
Snowboarders, skateboarders, surfers, mountainbikers, bmxers, wakeboarders, skiers all ride mountainboards. Basically anyone can do it. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of the slopes or a first timer you’ll find that mountainboarding is very easy to learn and in fact you do not need any special boarding skill to make your first turns. Before long you’ll be a true mountainboarder.
We recommend being at least 6 years old and 50lbs. But a lot depends on how good you are already at riding snowboards or skateboards. As well you can be as old as you like. There are many people in their 60s old who regularly ride.
Lots of people mountainboard to stay in shape in the snowboard off-season. Riding a mountainboard in the Spring, Summer and Fall keeps your muscle groups in shape and once winter rolls around you're ready to hit the slopes in great riding shape. Another reason people mountainboard is that they don’t live in areas where they can snowboard, skateboard or surf. Mountainboards can be ridden almost everywhere. No snow, pavement or waves are necessary.
Mountainboards range in price from $150 for an entry level board with brake system to $600 or more for the ultimate downhill, race, or freestyle board. Check out the Comp 95. A lot of bang for not a lot of buck.
You steer a mountainboard by carving toe-side and then heel side making what we call J turns. Turning further up the hill will make the board slow down and eventually stop. Click HERE for diagram.
Turn the board real sharply uphill and you will stop the board. Also you can use a hand-held V brake but it is best to learn to stop without a brake by turning and powersliding. Check out our MBS Ride Guide Video on our You Tube Channel HERE to learn the basics including how to stop without a brake.
Freestyle riding is mainly about jumping and catching air. In freestlye events riders compete against each other by performing grabs, spins and flips each trying to do a more advanced trick. Riders usually get at least 3 jumps and can throw out their lowest score. Freestyle events can be only one jump or as many as 4 or more jumps in a row. When more than one jump is part of the event it is typically called Slopestyle. Often times rail slides are a part of the course and give riders more opportunities to score points. Freestyle riding is one of the most popular types of riding.
Boardercross racing is typically done on a relatively narrow dirt course and includes banked turns, jumps, drops, rollers and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders’ ability to stay in control. Boardercross racing is usually done with 4 riders at the same time on the same course each trying to get to the end of the course first. Although it is against the rules to purposefully knock another rider down it’s not uncommon for racers to collide with each other. Boardercross racing is usually very fast and can be filled with wrecks which makes it a great spectator sport.