I recently started Mountainboarding. I was introduced to Mountainboarding on YouTube and I had to try it. I started by finding a board and a spot to practice. I live in Bendigo so it took a bit of searching but I found a suitable hill and put a kicker ramp at the bottom and started practicing there. Everything I learnt for the first couple months was from YouTube videos like MBS’s Mountainboards Ride Guide and Dylan Warren’s How to Ride at the Skatepark. One of the best ways to learn is to find someone who knows what they’re talking about, commit and keep trying.
Things that can scare you, and that scared me being as a beginner, was thinking that people would make fun of me because I wasn't great straight away. What you have to realize is that all Mountainboarders were in the same position as you at some point and they will be happy to help you grow and learn. Another thing that scared me was actually committing to some of the more risky moves! Boarding down a really steep hill or trying a jump. The key is “don't think just do” and commit. Don’t overthink it.
One of the most influential days of my Mountainboarding experience was the day I went down to the Ace Hi Ranch mountain boarding day with Dylan. There were jumps and bumps and any one could come and learn and practice. I learnt a lot about stances and tricks and how to approach jumps and other obstacles.
It’s important to set goals. You should always set goals for yourself so that you can keep progressing. For example you might set a goal that you want to be able to ollie this high and this far in the next month. And once you've done that you could go onto learning a trick by a certain time and so on.
Mountainboarding with your friends is a great way to support one another and learn from one another, and a little bit of friendly competition doesn’t hurt and will help you push yourself to be better. Finding somewhere close to home and easy to access will facilitate more regular practice too.
Being a beginner can be daunting but hopefully I have encouraged you to just get out there, give it ago and overcome those newbie jitters!
Words by Seth Gates @seth_spaz
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