Useful bullet-point advice from our experienced freeride-lovin’ crew
– Warm up : Stretch! Lunge it out in the car park yo. Muscles are like toffee, you don’t want them snapping on your first run.
– Leave non-essentials in the car (hidden and out of sight). Are you coming back, do you need to take that sandwich?
– Make sure keys, charged-up phone etc are stashed safely but conveniently handy on your person.
– Recce spots on foot first: walk up the run noting natural features, places to check speed, obstacles etc.
– If you’re unsure of a run, think ‘ladder’ and jump off the lower rungs before attempting to do it from the top.
– Use spotters on any well-trodden public tracks. Get advice on what to expect.
– Do warm up runs to get dialled in before hitting the steeps or unknown terrain.
– P.M.A positve mental attitude! Visualise, and do it.
– 2 things; balance, and fear; you can practice balance and fear is all in your head.
– Keep alert: this country needs lerts. Don’t litter, natch.
– Scrub speed in loose leaves, long grass: so think: under trees, edges of paths etc
– One man’s extreme is another man’s lame.
– Carve to contol speed or staightline for adrenaline, but remember: it ain’t about the desination, it’s about the journey there.
– Enjoy ‘the trudge’. Scope new lines, ponder your technique, soak up your surroundings.
– While trudging uphill, keep the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth to stop it drying out.
– Talk to walkers. They may know more spots.
– Time of year ( soil saturation, leaves etc ) drastically affects speed; alter tyre pressure accordingly.
Use Vaseline to cover and protect wheel bearings
– Lay a few logs to air on your next run.
– Before doing a drop, always check the landing is clear eg. Tree stumps, flints etc
– Mark your drop/take off point. If there’s not enough speed, get a mate to give you a tow-in or push.
– Pop off the lip, air, and angle your board parallel with the landing spot you’re targeting.
– Look out for trees, some of them have people-magnets inside.
– Do what YOU wanna do.
– Never say “This’ll be my last run” or “Just one more…!”
– Remember to communicate, have shouts/codes so you know everyone’s okay. Rider!
– Have a whole wheel spare so if you get a puncture you can do a swap in no time at all.
– Put cut-to-shape plastic milkbottle sections or old inners between your tyre and inflated inner tube to reduce likelihood of puncture.
– Hydration: when you empty your bladder against that tree, note the colour: the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.
– Take 2 waters not juice etc. one for the car so you can clean cuts or grazes, or wash grubby hands (especially if the dog sh!t hits the fan), or just rehydrate on the way home.
– Keep a change of clothes/shoes in the car and a carpet tile to stand on while you change!
-If you don’t got a board bag, use an IKEA blue bag for pads, lid, spares etc and have a couple of bin bags to stick wet gear in if it’s muddy/cold season.
– Use Febreze on your pads till you get around to washing them.
– Be ready to respond to any emergency. Basic understanding of first aid is vital. You may be a long way from a road so get informed about how to treat potential breaks or fractures, concussion etc.
– Know where you are in relation to exits/access/roadnames etc in case of emergency. Be safe please.
– Ride responsibly yet shred the gnar and shralp the nizz at all times.
– Don’t forget to find some sick quartable jibbology…
Now go ride free, Mountainboarder San. Learn to trust your instincts. Leave nothing but your tracks on the earth and revel in Nature’s majesty. May the force be with you