Here is our second installment of Board Sports.
We've covered the 'Sea', now let's look at 'Land'.
- KITE LANDBOARDING:
Same as kitesurfing - but on land.
Essentially riding an oversized skateboard with large pneumatic wheels and foot straps, hanging on for dear life to a rope (or multiple) and handle attached to a nylon kite of various sizes.
Definitely want to go for the large open spaces.
The carveboard (also the brand name of the company that popularized it) has the same basic skateboard features - deck, 2 trucks & 4 wheels. However, the deck is connected to the trucks by small hinges that allow the board to tilt up to 45°. Making it ride much more like a snowboard or surfboard. Carveboarding was developed by surfers & snowboarder, David Colley and Brad Gerlach, to practice their moves during flat sea days & summer. Although it has not caught on or become quite as popular as some of the other board sports.
Developed in Australia the Dirtsurfer is actually the brand name of inline boarding.
Made of an aluminum tube frame, laminate or composite deck, two BMX style pneumatic wheels & optional footstraps attached to the deck. This thing has a front wheel that pivots using the riders' weight to center and straighten the front wheel and stability increases with speed. Holy smokes. Don't forget your helmet.
More dirtsurfing info here.
The deck is basically a skateboard but mostly comes in 3 sizes - depending on skill level and trick abilities. Designed using the DeepCarve system, which enables a 45 degree turnability and balance on 2 wheels rather than 4 (like skateboards).
Surprisingly, this does not involve rolling anything up.
This sport was developed in the 90's in Costa Rica. Similar to snowboarding in the general shape and length of the deck. However, the tip and tail are raised much more and foot straps are simple velcro straps at the toe and the ankle.
- LAND WINDSURFING:
The name says it all - like windsurfing but on land. Combining a kiteboard deck (oversized skateboard construction with 4 pneumatic wheels & foot straps) with a mast and sail. So next time it gets hella windy out there but you don't want to get wet... go windsurfing.
- SANDBOARDING/ SANDSURFING:
So, you got it - the most closely related to snowboarding out there.
If you're into sandboarding (or want to be), you need to know who Josh Tenge is. 4 time sandboarding world champion. Holds the world record for fastest speed and longest distance back flip. Now for the gear. Sandboards are very similar to snowboards in that the construction and equipment are the same. However, you'll want a base material that performs better on sand. Snowboards are generally made with a T-Pex material that will not allow for the perfect glide on sand. You also want to use sand wax - not snow wax. If you are using a snowboard (which you can), you want to make sure to strip that wax or you won't be able to get maximum speed which is what is needed on sand.
Oh - and make sure you know someone with a 4 wheeler or dune buggy. Getting up those sand dunes can be a drag.
Yup - you got it.
Also known as kiteboarding, this sport uses a kite and wind to propel you forward while riding a standard snowboard or skis & footwear on snow or ice. Cool thing is, you use the wind to pull you uphill or downhill with any wind direction.
This is a snowboard/ skateboard hybrid. With either waterproof top grip or textured coating to prevent slippage, there are no bindings to secure you to the board. The deck is usually made out of laminated wood with a plastic bottom or are made of solid plastic with grooves cut into the bottom of the board. The deck is much shorter than a standard snowboard and the build is available in 4 varieties. The width of the deck depends on the type of snowskate: single deck, bideck, 4x4, and the powderskate. You'll get a slightly different feel - one that is either closer to snowboarding or one that is closer to skateboarding depending on the type of deck you choose.
- STREET LUGE-ING:
Lookin' for a thrill ride? This would be it.
This one is a little different since you are not standing on a deck - however, it was developed by skateboarders who found that they could get up to higher speeds if laid on their backs (called the supine position). Between 40 to 90 mph.
Most boards are made from many materials including steel, aluminum, wood and carbon fiber with typical trucks and wheels. If you are looking to race, there are standard construction details that need to be followed depending on the governing bodies (International Gravity Sports Association or IGSA and the International Downhill Federation or IDF.
- SWING BOARDING:
This involves standing on a short deck - basically, a skateboard with no trucks or wheels - which is suspended from a frame that allows the board to swing freely. Much more of an exercise equipment more than an extreme sport.
We've even found something else that's way out there.
Wouldn't necessarily call it 'extreme'... maybe extremely bizarre? Who knows! It may be the next best thing...
There ya have it!
Pick your board and ride on.