are amazing little pieces of machinery
. They, at the outset, look little different than a regular skateboard
or longboard, save for exaggerated size and longer-than average trucks
. The difference, however, is apparent when one flips the board over. Freebords have an extra wheel (which is actually a spring-biased caster
) on each truck that sits about a quarter of an inch
lower than the wheels on the ends of the trucks, which causes the board to slide like a snowboard. The net effect is snowboarding
down a dry-land hill.
The one thing that catches most people offguard when first trying to freebord is that the freebord is not a skateboard
. You slide, carve
, turn, catch an edge
, and fall on your ass just like a snowboard. Trying to ride it like a longboard
generally ends with a comical pratfall
is the easiest (and generally first-learned) trick on a freeboard, after the basics such as learning to carve and slide. A good, gentle hill
is all you need to learn.