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Sports People: Jason E. Small, mountain boarder

RICHARD CHITTICKsummit daily news
Special to the Daily/Marty Wakat Jason E. Small has been riding mountain boards professionally for five years. The Georgetown resident recently began exploring the possibility of bringing the sport to Keystone.

Georgetown resident Jason Edward Small rides boards year round, even when there is no snow on the ground. For the summer months, Small uses a mountain board to continue shredding the slopes. Essentially a skateboard with rugged, off-road wheels, mountain boards are being embraced by ski resorts as a new form of recreation in the summer. During the inaugural Freeride Frenzy at Keystone on Sunday, Small took time out to explore many of the trails on Dercum Mountain, noting that Jackstraw Road and Mosquito Coast were both well-suited for the sport.

“Eight years ago, my friend Dont’je Hildebrand was repping for a company out of Denver. I was riding as a pro snowboarder, and they kind of go hand in hand. The boards have come a long way since then.”

“Man, that’s a tough question. I guess it’s a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding and maybe some surfing and BMXing thrown in, depending on what you’re into. It’s the final section in the bowl sports pie.”

“I really hope so. It’s close to a lot of people and we found some really nice trails here today. It’s sort of like when snowboarding was introduced and ski resorts didn’t want to embrace it at first. I see the same thing happening with mountain boarding.”- Richard Chittick

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