Here's our Freebording explained article simply to enlighten and so that you don't confuse it with longboarding. We've written about the freebord before, but after seeing the video below had to bring it up again....The sport has blown up in places like Europe and Japan and after watching this video you'll see why. Our goal here is to guide you if you're trying to figure out if Freebording is for you.
Much more "free" than longboarding, freebording allows you much more versatility with tricks like on the ground 360 spins and carving. The big differences between the two are as follows: While longboards have 4 wheels, Freebords have six (two in the middle), Freebords also come with 2 foot bindings that look like handles cut in half for you to stick your feet under.
The creators of the Freebord started out wanting to snowboard all year, wherever and whenever they wanted. And so, they designed a board that gave riders the control of a snowboard on pavement.
Freebords come with 6 wheels including two spring locked castor wheels on the central axis, and four slightly raised conventional wheels. The central wheels are able to turn freely in all directions and give the board its' snowboard-like feel. These wheels allow the board to slide laterally when they're the only wheels on the ground.
Similar to snowboards, the central wheels are like the deck of the snowboard, while the outer wheels mimic the two steel edges. You control the board by exerting some pressure on the edge wheels.
Choosing your Freeboard setup
You can buy a Freeboard setup at Freebordstore.com. Freeboards come in 4 styles including All-around, Downhill, Pro, and Stimulus. The All-around includes lightweight standard wheels which are great for the park or mellow hills. The Downhill includes larger profile slasher wheels with increased grip, durability, and stability to the whole setup. The High Performance setup features Da Blue Wheels with unmatched grip and durability while still delivering a consistent predictable slide. The Stimulus package makes a great gift as it comes with upgraded bearings and a ton of Freebord Schwag.
A good Freebord setup will run you around $250, but will last a long time. Now hit the pavement!
June 3, 2011 8:52 AM | Freeboarding