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The Drop *monthly editorial* 

October 2018

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The Inside L!ne: 

All Terrain Boarding. Off Road Boarding. Dirtboarding. Mountainboarding.

It’s been called many things over the years, and there have been many, many people involved. Some peoples love affair with the sport is almost indescribable, going much deeper; these are the people who run the companies making the boards, managing the centres, running the comps and organisations.

These heroes of the sport have done shitloads of work, unpaid and often for little thanks. It is a tough challenge and many good people have ‘served their time’, such as organisers of the ATBA, the UK’s governing body for the sport. Recently the ATBA has effectively dis-banded, meaning these are more changing times. Life is rolling and the most important thing is to enjoy the ride!

It’s hard to beat the elation of a good riding session, whether it’s a newbie making their first turns or a pro sticking a new trick for the first time, a freerider making a line clean or charging a pump track: it’s about sharing it, the people, the friends. Get on your board and make some smiles.

It’s Autumn, go slash some leaves! Let the good times roll.

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Random Rider:

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1. The Future

2. Radface animated

3. The Dark Side of Riding with a Champion

4. Ash Mulholland #shenanigoons

5. Malowkowy trening booter

6. Riding in the Philippines/Durian addiction

7.  jibbin’

8. *Wince* Marame Mountainboard Fails

9. Colab unboxing & review

10. Getting on it

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Random Tractor:

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Quotes of the Moment:

“We’re burning it, but just wait till you see the phoenix from the ashes”

“You don’t need any practice. Just do what all us top athletes do. Turn up get drunk and hope for the best….whats the worst that could happen”

“i think my riding virginity has grown back”

“It’s just plywood”

“We have fun,” Rossiter said. “We want to create a culture of riding around here. We want to honor the trails and create destinations for people to go and experience this sport.”

“yep lets get some dates in the calendar”

“Let’s discuss the finer rules of mountainboard Bingo”

“We’ve been talking about ATBA UK Biznes

Seb and Dan are probably dead in a ditch somewhere after riding that frame board into a tree

“It’s Matt Brind’s School of Freestyle Lesson 3, Correlation vs Causation”

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On the Stereo:

 

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The Outside Line:

JUST WHY? 

There are many different reasons why one would ride a mountainboard regulary.

Here are just a few:

The ‘stoke’ of sport: the feelings of elation, adrenaline, relief, achievement, euphoria and a whole load of other brain chemicals while out shredding some serious gnarbage are extremely satisfying. So too is the hype before and the post-ride wind-down. It’s fitness in disguise.

The camaraderie: sharing that feeling with friends who get it is special. You are part of something, therefore you are special too.

The discipline: Most riders are pretty relaxed easy-going types, yet can crave the routines and procedures of the ride out; from packing the car to padding up to the self-control required to winding down after. It requires effort, and that is rewarding.

The meditation: being ‘in the moment‘ is something all sports share. Mountainboarding needs your focus to flow so you can let all that other rubbish in your head just fade away. At least for a few hours.

It’s an underdog: Snowboarding and skating are ridiculously huge. BMX massive, surfing standard. Everybody loves an underdog, and mountainboarding is in our hearts like a band you love that are sooo great yet no-one has heard of… Like a lame mongrel at Crufts, we cheer and support it despite it’s unconventional appearance and funny smell.

The environment: once they were called ‘All Terrain Boards’, which was largely true. We can ride our boards in so many stunning, amazing locations. Thanks to mountainboarding, i’ve seen some truly inspiring views. It’s like hill-walking with the biggest bonus side-effect ever.

You take the knocks: like a Zen Buddhist we have to thank our enemies despite their intent. Fell down? Get up. Get better. Many life lessons can be learnt in pursuit of that perfect rotation, that gnarly-lookin’ techey line, or that race for glory. It’s a hard-knock life, and we know it.

It’s playtime: It makes you smile. Jib your heart out, ride tracks till your legs are sore, get dirt in your face, nail a drop, nearly hit a tree, score a boardslide, smash a perfect transfer, carve some turns, slash some leaves, land a flip.

Try wiping that smile off your face; Oh wait, you can’t. What a ride

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