[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]he first recorded act of Mountainboarding (aka Dirtboarding, Offroad Boarding, and All-Terrain Boarding) took place on a bet in the summer of 1978 when skateboarder Mike Motta rode his standard skateboard down a hill known as Seven Bumps in Malden, Massachusetts. From all accounts, he survived. In the early 1990’s, the action sport began in the US and Europe as an off-season alternative to snowboarding, and it continues to evolve and gain popularity as design and safety innovations develop better boards and gear and more opportunities for recreational riding, training and competition are created.
Mountainboard riders use a board with bindings and wheels to ride tracks through a variety of terrain, including grassy hills, woodland trails and streets. In ‘free riding’, it’s the feeling of moving down a slope through dirt, rocks and grass that riders love, and spectators enjoy watching the speed and athletic thrills of competitive mountainboarding. There are three types. ‘Downhill’ is a timed race down a long mountain course. ‘Boardercross’ is a timed race between 2-4 riders on a track with varied obstacles. In ‘freestyle’, riders perform tricks and jumps.
The Beginners Guide to Mountainboarding (Getting Started, Learning the Basics, Find Out More)
Where to Ride – Mountainboarding locations map
Snowmass Colorado Summer Activities – Mountainboarding at Elk Camp Work Road & private lessons (full or half-day)
If you missed the freestyle and boardercross competition at the 2017 European Mountainboard Challenge, there’s still time to watch video recordings of this Dirt Dessert event using the video player below.
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