What to expect
If you’ve never heard of mountain boarding, imagine a cross between skateboarding and snowboarding with a bit of BMXing thrown in.
Mountain boards are designed for all terrain so you can ride on a grassy bank, a forest track, or on the beach. It started as a way of snowboarding in the summer months (when there’s no snow) but now it’s a separate sport. The boards are stable and relatively easy to ride so you can get to grips with the basics and be up and running in no time.
What you’ll learn
There’s more than one way to mountain board: some people like to ride quickly down mountain trails, others learn tricks over jumps or explore their local area. Whatever you try, it’ll put your coordination and balance to the test as you push yourself out of your comfort zone.
- James Stanley pioneered the idea of mountain boarding in the 1900s, during a visit to the Alps where there wasn’t any snow.
- Mountain boarding began in the UK in 1992 when the ‘noSno’ board was prototyped using snowboard bindings and boots.
- Wear comfy clothes. As well as choosing something suitable for the weather, make sure that you can easily move around in your clothes.
- Be prepared to fall. Even the best mountain boarders fall sometimes. The instructors should provide any safety equipment you need, but it’s up to you to be responsible and make sure it’s all fitted before you ride.
Mountain boarding is a different way to get outside, get active and have fun with your friends. Did anyone learn anything surprising? What were people’s highlights? Can anyone think of a skill they learned that would be useful in other sports or activities. People might think about balance, coordination, or the ability to get back up and try again.
Was it people’s first time trying mountain boarding? How did people feel about trying a new adventure? Some people find learning new things exciting, while others may find it makes them feel a bit nervous or worried. How can people help each other when they’re trying something new?