About the winter sport of airboarding, equipment and what to expect

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Experience the Thrill of Airboarding

May 7, 2010 by  
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Airboarding has certainly grown in popularity since its creation some ten years ago. Joe Steiner invented the concept of airboarding, and it has been a favorite winter sport across Europe. The younger generation seems to be catching onto the sport more eagerly than adults, as the older crowd is generally a little wearier of the high speeds that airboarders reach. And going down a slope head first is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Airboarding requires less equipment than skiing or snowboarding, and consists of an inflatable tube that is designed in the shape of a small raft on which airboarders lie with their stomachs down. Hurtling down the slopes in this position allows airboarders to navigate the tube, and even take on a few half pipes. The inflatable airboard provides an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family, and it does not require a large amount of skill or practice to master the sport. Many resorts are now starting to offer airboarding classes for children and adults. Even though airboarding does not have as many tricks as other winter sports, it is almost guaranteed that some will be invented by the winter sports enthusiasts who begin to enjoy the sport.

The higher the slopes, the greater the speed that airboards are able to reach. With speeds averaging between sixty to eighty miles an hour, airboarders are sure to get a thrill from this sport. And with hitting a jump at these speeds, the airboard will definitely take to the skies and allow enthusiasts a small taste of flight. It is also a sport that can be enjoyed on the small slopes at home, as it is easy to maneuver and doesn’t require resort slopes, as in many other winter sports. Hardcore snowboarders and skiers might think airboarding to be somewhat mild, but it is the perfect way to get first time winter sports enthusiasts confident on the slopes, and used to high speeds. It is also seen as a safer winter sport, as less injuries occur while airboarding. Airboarding is an extremely fun and thrilling winter sport, and everyone is recommended to try it at least once.

 

 

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