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The History of Freeboarding

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Freeboarding is a relatively new sport. The way it brings snowboarding to roads has made it extremely popular in America and Europe - avid snowboarders now have a way to find thrills in the middle of summer! It is also a great introduction to the sport for beginners. It may be one of the newest members of the board family, but it is already a classic.

The freeboard concept was born at Stanford University. It was the senior thesis project of a student named Steen Strand, who wanted to create a design for “freeriding,” which is a ride that involves little to no tricks - it’s just carving and sliding. In 1996, Steen put his design into skateboards and began selling them under the brand name “Freeboard” out of his garage. The freeboard movement had begun, and by the mid-2000s, other freeboard brands had developed, and freeboards were lucrative enough that sports equipment stores began to carry them.

Steen’s first designs had kicktails and were longer than the current boards (100-112cm). They were difficult to control because of how heavy they were, so in the early 2000s, smaller, 80cm boards were developed. Freeboard has continued to improve the design, creating better and better rides for snowboarding and freeboarding enthusiasts around the world.

At GetBoards.com, we have the best freeboarding equipment for affordable prices - that’s what makes us a Top Rated Local® online store. We have boards for snow, boards for roads, and snowboards for roads - check out our freeboards today!