Mountainboarding - South West Shred

If you go down to some of the woodlands located around the Bristol and South West on a Sunday, you might get a big surprise - and it’s not a picnic. Out on the hills and in the ancient woodlands dotted across the South West (and in other locales too) a new breed of board rider is making use of the great outdoors.

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For those of you who haven’t yet heard of mountainboarding (also called dirtboarding and all terrain boarding), the mountainboard is like an off-road skateboard – on steroids. The board is about 1 metre long, has a beefed up turning mechanism loosely based on a skateboard truck and between 8 and 10 inch pneumatic tyres! They can be ridden near enough anywhere, and well, the steeper it is the faster you go. If that sounds plain mental, then you’ve got the right idea.

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Mountainboarding is still a very underground scene, but with the cost of snowboarding rising in both financial and environmental terms, this sport offers a more sustainable, if somewhat rugged approximation. The sport is growing and the UK - the South West in particular - is dominating. Back in 2000, Swindon based Stuart Kirk decided that the UK needed a proper race series. Stuart’s series was successful and continues to this day, attracting riders from Europe, Russia and the States to compete against us Brits. At one of these events in 2001, Steve Birkbeck met Ian Williams and together they started team BAD.
By 2004 the Bristol and District Mountainboard Crew regularly polled twenty riders on a Sunday free-ride and while the club is not as prominent as in its heyday with Steve and Ian at the helm, mountainboard riding these days is less about organised clubs and more about groups of friends out to get their fix and push the boards, the equipment and indeed their own bodies to the very limit.

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“So much of modern life seems fake - plastic, everything is all about appearances, about image - often with very little backing it up. Mountainboarding is the antithesis. It beats back the futility of modern living with a big stick - it’s like a much needed dose of reality, of substance.” So we’ll see you in the woods then.

www.teambad.co.uk

Andy Walker
Photos: Chris Williamson

provided by Bristol Five on One.

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  4. gr3d Says:

    Great work guys, Keep it up… Hope to ride with you some day but for now stuck down on the south coast supporting knockhill and the priory.
    G

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