Freebord learn-to-ride rescheduled for Saturday |

Freebord learn-to-ride rescheduled for Saturday

Geoff Mintz
summit daily news

Snowboard season is right around the corner, but the inevitable thaw could be slightly less painful for die-hard riders next spring if they learn how to freeboard this fall.

The Summit Daily News previously reported there would be a learn-to-ride Freebord (spelled without the ‘a’ intentionally) gathering on Oct. 16. That event has been pushed up by organizers for Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The lesson is free to the public and will take place on the upper part of Lincoln Street in Breckenridge. Helmets are required.

Local Freebord Manufacturing representative Dallas Phillips says the unique design allows snowboarders to ride a skateboard with a similar sensation to what they experience on the snow. The event will also honor Sam Trowbridge, a professional freeboarder who died this year.

The Freebords consist of two sets of wheels – traditional-looking edge wheels on the sides and caster wheels in the center of the board. The casters, which swivel 360 degrees, serve as the base (or what would be the bottom of a snowboard). They extend out lower than the edge wheels, which gives the board a floaty feel. The Casters also snap back into an aligned position for forward motion.

The board tips from side to side, landing on the edge wheels, which grab the pavement and can be dragged to carve, slow down or stop – same as the edges of a snowboard.

It’s difficult to put into words, but Phillips demonstrates a move where he slides to a stop, like a rider might on a heel-side edge of a snowboard. It gives the appearance, and we would assume the sensation, of riding on snow.

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