Over the last 3 winters, while I was landlocked, and while there was snow on the ground, I spent my time trying to develop a bodyboard for the snow. I had several successful rides, using an old beat up BZ board, and I'd take it to some golf courses and ride some hills. Golf courses were the best, because where I'm from, most of them were very hilly, The grass is short and the terrain is smooth. Often times there were many drainage ditches and tee tops and things like that to ride on.
Well here's what I did - I waxed the crap outta it with cold water wax for the first year and it worked fairly well. I'd use PAM or something like that to smooth up the bottom for a faster ride. I would ride dropknee and just like in the water I'd use my back foot as a rudder to guide and steer. But I found that I didn't have as much control as I wanted. So that year was only like 2 snowfalls, so time was limited.
The next year, I added 2 fin-like rails on the bottom near the tail. I cut some 1/2" right-angle metal pieces and mounted them on the bottom. That year, there was a thick ice sheet (about 8" thick) so those rails would dig in, allowing some guidance and steering capabilities. I was able to throw out the tail and carve somewhat on some hills.
It was definitely fun, and I had a blast. But since then, I've obviously moved, there's not much snow, and I kind of gave that up for waves. But fun, nonetheless.
Now, my question is more like, would it be possible to take it to the real slopes at resorts? Would they even let you ride it? I'm not into skiing and I suck at snowboarding, but I thought this may be a possible idea. . . . . any thoughts?
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Thread: Downhill Bodyboarding
Jan 3, 2009, 07:04 PM #2Member
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I have tried it on a old wave rebel...hit jumps, but cracked the bottom of the board..I thought about skags but i didn't feel like messing around with it....U can hit jumps but the impact is pretty hard...
Theres something out already thats supposed to be like a bodyboard. Its called an airboard. The people in the video dont really do a lot though.
maybe if you bug them on a daily basis for a few years they may let you get a test run on a bunny slope, best bet go far north and back country it, that's where you'll get the real experience, otherwise rent a snowboard or ski's and take a lesson (they'll have you bombin hills in an hour).