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Aktivist Magazyn

By July 19, 2008 6 Comments

Poland is on fire with another sweet press hit – this time in Aktivist, a free magazine on music, fashion and sports. Congrats Hoppe, Stevie-B, Tim, Bob and Howley on the great pics. Translation in the comments – thanks Adam!

Freebord

About Freebord

Progression and innovation is what drives us. Through years of evolution and rider driven design, Freebord has engineered a setup that rides exactly like a snowboard on pavement.

6 Comments

  • Stevie-B says:

    Nice! There I am

  • ROuge roger says:

    Oh I see you

  • scrub says:

    I really wish they’d stop using that first pic.

    oh well

  • Arthur says:

    Wow steve, tim, bob, sica, guessing rotax, brown howley, and hoppe all in one mag.

    Just some of the faces of freebord to those that do.

  • jahjah says:

    Translation of article:
    Page 1

    Snowboard the Streets

    If your passion is snowboarding but you’re not one of the lucky few who get to ride the white stuff all year, check out the board that San Francisco based Freebord Manufacturing has developed.  The Freebord is the result of 9 years of design and refinement in the service of delivering the snowboard ride to the pavement. 
     
    To understand how the Freebord achieves its snowboard ride, it’s important to start with how a snowboard delivers the two critical features of its ride: the slide and the carve.  The carving component of snowboarding is delivered by its metal edges, and there is nothing particularly difficult about delivering that component of the ride.  Skateboards have been doing it for years, and the Freebord achieves carving in the same way, through its four edge wheels attached to the trucks. 

    It is the sliding part of snowboarding that was Freebord’s main challenge.
     
    Snowboards slide on a petex base.  Freebords achieve the same motion through its patented truck design. Each truck incorporates a dual-biased base wheel that rotates 360 degrees and mimics the actions of a snowboard’s base.   This design breakthrough was what made the Freebord completely different from anything in the market, introducing lateral motion, or sliding, to the pure carve of a skateboard.  
     
    By positioning your weight over the board’s edges you can carve turns. Shift weight to the base, and—just like a snowboard—it slides, allowing riders to check speed, navigate tight terrain, drift a 180 into switch or come to a complete stop.

    The extra wide trucks (36 cm) provide stability when sliding laterally as well as decreasing the likelihood of catching your downhill edge wheels that are, just like a snowboard’s downhill edge, slightly off the pavement. 
     
    The other essential component to snowboarding is bindings which allow riders to maximize the amount of weight they can apply to their edges and are essential for board control.  Again, Freebord has its counterpart, though unlike on a snowboard the rider’s feet on a Freebord are not completely locked in. 
      
    Don’t believe it?  Watch any of videos at http://www.freebords.pl and you’ll swear you’re watching someone snowboard on pavement.

    I think it could be interesting for you to read an opinion about Freebord of the President of Polish Snowboard Association – Tom Urbanski:
    “Freebord is a great proposition to snowboarders for bridging the gap between winter seasons. These boards were designed in that way to express the full experiences of riding the snowboard. We are able to attack the steepest hills with total speed control sliding aside, stopping, and turning to ride on the switch. Just use the techniques from snowboard.
    Thanks to Freebord, a matter of preparing to winter disappears because during the rides the same muscles are working, and our season extends for whole year. Nothing left to say, only recommend Freebord to everybody”.

    For the moment Freebord in Poland is still in nappies, but more and more people are starting to inquire what it really is and what having fun depend on. For more informations about Freebord look at http://www.freebords.pl. There you can also see videos of riders from the USA, which I hope make you wonder to try it though. The Freebord’s board costs 860 zl. And it is available on http://www.freebords.pl.

    Page 2

    Learn to ride the Freebord

    Learning to ride isn’t easy at all, give yourself a lot of time for keeping under control each of elements of the ride mentioned below. Make yourself new borders only when you will overrun the basic level ride.
    Always wear full protective gear!

    Riding safely
    Wear a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads. Check the pavenment for cracks, manhole covers, water, oil, etc. will affect your riding. Keep your weight on your uphill edge. Check your board for loose parts before riding. Know your abilities and ride under control. Finding the right location will help you learn faster. Look for: smooth pavement with no cracks, ridgest or bumps. Wide streets with moderate incline just enough for momentum. No traffic.
    Never ride the board straight (on center wheels), it will be unstable. Always keep your weight on your uphill edge. If weight your downhill edge you will “catch an edge” and stop abruptly.

    Learning to carve
    Ride down mellow hill linking wide, sweeping turns. Turn up the hill to check your speed or stop. Stay committed to one edge at a time; don’t wobble between them. Keep your weight on one edge as you turn then switch to other edge to initiate a new turn. Continue practicing until comfortable transitioning between toe and heel side carves.

    Learning to slide
    On flat ground weight your front foot and un-weight your back foot. Slide (toe or heel side) your back edge around. Get comfortable with both toe and heel sides before you start on a hill. Next, practice your slide while moving. You should initiate your first slide while carving your first turn so you don’t pick up too much speed. As you lean into a turn, roll weight off of your back edge/leg and towards your center wheels. The lean of your turn will push the board outwards allowing it to slide. Learning the proper weighting takes practice so be patient. Practice this on separate toe and heel side turns before linking your slides (see below).

    Learning to stop
    Once you get comfortable sliding the board on your toe and heel side turns, you should practice stopping. While sliding, balance your weight across both feet while making sure you are perpendicular to the fall line. Weight your uphill edge and come to a complete stop. Practice both toe and heel sides stops.

    Linking slides
    Start linking carves downhill. While carving on each edge practice initiating small and big slides to control speed. Learning this step is critical to effective speed control.

  • Luke says:

    Haha look at me go!

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