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The average mountain board weighs around 6kg
Mountain boarding is basically skating down a dirt track, on a board similar to a snowboard, but with four pneumatic wheels.
In essence a combination of skate boarding, snow boarding and sand boarding, this board sport dates back to 1992, when a group of extreme sports enthusiasts in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia began experimenting with different ways to combine their favourite board sports.
While mountain boarding is a relatively new concept in South Africa, there are a number of adventure companies that offer this adrenalin-pumping experience to those daring enough to try it. Anyone with a decent sense of balance, and who is tough enough to handle a few potential tumbles while learning, should get involved right away.
While it may not be as fast-paced as snow boarding, mountain boarding allows participants to explore a greater variety of terrain, while the scenery is a lot more colourful than the sheer white slopes that appeal to snow boarders.
Because of the sport's widespread origins, the steering and braking systems used for mountain boarding vary, and include among others, cable-pull V-brakes, operated by a lever at the rear end of the board, and hydraulic disc or rim brakes, similar to those on motorcycles.
Induna Adventures, based in the Mpumalanga town of Hazyview, offer a one-hour training session on grass for newcomers to the activity. Once boarders are comfortable balancing, they are taken on a two-hour ride along a descending forest track in the Sabie Valley.
Jozi X, an extreme adventure company based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has a 100m mountain boarding track for beginners and can also organise trips to various mountain boarding sites in the area.