Episode 015: Mountainboarding

 Kody (red shirt) and Matt (#17) after some races at the World Mountainboard Championships

Kody (red shirt) and Matt (#17) after some races at the World Mountainboard Championships

“Did you make that yourself?” That is what you most often hear when from somebody who sees mountainboarding for the first time. And the answer, by the way, is no. They are made. By people. Or elves.

What is mountainboarding, exactly? Well it’s a gravity based sport that allows you to ride a board with air tires, over almost any terrain. Grass, dirt, gravel, cobblestones, skateparks - all good. Snow, not so good.

You may know by now that Ted is/was a mountainboarder. So this episode is very, very near and dear to his heart. He called up some old buddies from the sport and together they talked about the World Mountainboarding Championship, which takes place every year in September. The Championship moves from place to place and draws riders from all over the world.

In this episode we talk to some to the legends and top riders in the sport. First we start with Kody Stewart. Kody is a legend in the sport and has been winning competitions since early 2000’s. We talked with Kody about the history of mountainboarding, the current state of the competitions and other shenanigans.

Next up, Mikael Gramont. Mikael has been in the sport a long, long time and has played a big part in making it what it is today. He gives us the low down on what the sport is, how the competitions have evolved and what it takes to run the show.

And last on the episode, but first in our hearts: Matt Brind. Matt is perhaps the winningest competitor in the history of the sport. His aerial antics are amazing. He can ride anything well. And he has a big hand in modern competitions.

So strap on your board and jump into mountainboading!

 Our guests Mikael (red), Matt (gray), and Kody (far right, black)

Our guests Mikael (red), Matt (gray), and Kody (far right, black)

 Matt Bring, mid-corked something or other. Good idea of what the jumps are like.

Matt Bring, mid-corked something or other. Good idea of what the jumps are like.

 Matt, mid-spin

Matt, mid-spin

 Matt and Kody mixing it up on the boardercross course.

Matt and Kody mixing it up on the boardercross course.

 Majka Bilik (Poland) in the lead, followed by Elisabet Gomez Vicen (Spain) and Margaux Rolland (France)

Majka Bilik (Poland) in the lead, followed by Elisabet Gomez Vicen (Spain) and Margaux Rolland (France)

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