Is Freebording dangerous? The short answer is yes but you have to look at the sport on a sliding scale. Any extreme sport (or even not-so-extreme sport) is inherently dangerous to a certain extent. You could blow out a knee playing golf or faceplant into the side of a mountain while hang gliding. The amount of danger Freebording might place you in is variable.
No, Relatively Speaking.
Another way of looking at it is if you can snowboard, you can Freebord but keep in mind Freebords are meant for pavement and cement. Taking a header on either of these hard surfaces is much more likely to cause grievous bodily harm than falling in fluffy snow. But when you compare Freebording to other pavement sports (skateboarding or rollerblading) Freebording doesn’t seem that scary.
In fact, Freebording shares a lot of the same dangers as skateboarding. Typical skateboarding injuries range from broken ankles, wrists, elbow, and even head injuries (which are much more severe than injuries to the limbs), many of which stem from riders thinking they are invincible and finding out otherwise when they don’t wear proper protection. However, you also have to look at the type of Freebording you’re thinking about taking up when considering how dangerous it will be.
How Are You Going To Ride?
Freeriding is probably the safest form of Freebording. Basically you’re just using your Freebord to cruise around town, maybe down a small hill or two. Freestyling, however, is much more dangerous. Whenever you try to do tricks, jumps, or even Ollies with a Freebord (it can be done) you’re increasing the chances of getting injured. However, there is still one form of Freebording that’s even more dangerous. That’s hill bombing.
Bombing is essentially finding a huge hill and cruising down the entire length. Freebords can reach speeds of fifty plus miles per hour and any time you’re going that fast with nothing between you and the asphalt but a little piece of plywood there’s a very good chance that even a slight miscalculation or a crack in the pavement will cause you to fall.
Minimize Your Risk—Come Correct
You can minimize the danger of Freebording by riding responsibly on solid, smooth, and relatively flat terrain. Also, learn how to ride before you set out to conquer a hill. As with anything, practice makes perfect and you should plan to spend a few weeks or even months using your Freebord cautiously before attempting anything too dangerous—no matter how sick it may be.
And this should go without saying: always wear protective gear. Knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and helmets will prevent or lessen the severity of injuries. Also, keep your Freebord fresh to avoid potentially dangerous equipment failure. Replace your hangers and wheels regularly and always inspect your Freebord for wear and tear before each use.
Keep Your Kit Tight!
You can find everything you need to make your Freebording experience as safe as possible at BlackDiamondSports.com. They have all the protective gear and replacement parts—you’re going to shred some wheels pretty quickly when you first start riding—to keep you and your Freebord in shape. Have a look through the Freebord Store today and get on a Freebord tomorrow.