Introduction: Grass Surfing

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*Note: This instructable has nothing to do with any sort of illegal drug.

We live in Georgia and haven't seen any snow yet...

So my neighbor came up with this brilliant idea: grab a skateboard deck and head for the hills - literally - and thus, Grass Surfing was born.

This instructable will show you the art and sport that is Grass Surfing.

Step 1: What You Need

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Grass Surfing is a relatively "new" sport, and the technology needed to participate is rather simple, as the sport itself has not yet been discovered by large companies to make it seem more complicated than it actually is. That being said, to Grass Surf, you will need:

1) A Skateboard Deck you can just take the trucks off an old skateboard, or get a cheap skateboard from WalMart and take the trucks off, or, if you plan on being a real hardcore Grass Surfer, you can even buy a brand spankin' new fancy deck from your local skate shop.

2) Grass this can typically be found growing almost anywhere, such as your yard. The best kind is the variety which makes its home on a hill, a prime location sought by professional grass surfers and amateurs alike.

3) A Basic Sense of Skateboarding If you don't know much about skateboarding stance, check this instructable out: How to Skateboard (Step 2)

Step 2: Now You're Ready

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1. Okay, now that you've got the gear, you'll need to go to your prime grass surfing location, the hill.

2. Place your board so that it is facing directly downhill, and push off.

3. Let gravity do the rest.

4. When you're real skilled like me, you can even invent your own tricks.

And of course, the most important thing is to just go out there and have fun shredding grass and getting air, err, ground.

So get out there, have fun, and good luck!


pucksurfer (author)2014-09-19

This is pretty awesome

dragonfrog66 (author)2014-09-14

it also works best if u caveman onto the board right before u go down

dragonfrog66 made it! (author)2014-09-14

i also added a crazy carpet tapped to the bottom it works really well and best on dead grass down steep hills i made a few tricks to me and my friends have gone the last few day thanks for they idea

fghfgh12 (author)2010-09-20

does this work on ALIVE and green grass?!?!?

zombiesurvival (author)fghfgh122010-10-05

that is what grass looks like in GA, i live there. that grass looks healthy compared to the avarage grass in GA.

bjb98 (author)zombiesurvival2011-06-21

whatever so do i and it looks nothing like that except for in winter somtimes

Plo Koon (author)2011-06-03

cool, dude!

ewilhelm (author)2008-01-03

Nice. This reminds me of sandboarding in Peru. The pictures are from dunes around Huacachina. While sandboarding certainly resembles snowboarding, it's quite a bit slower no matter how much you wax the board.

zombiesurvival (author)ewilhelm2010-10-05

that looks like so much fun i cant even see

fireandshadows (author)ewilhelm2008-04-04

i sandboard too, and i build my own boards. its really fun.

sharlston (author)fireandshadows2010-01-04

can you please tell me how?

king_zilla (author)ewilhelm2009-02-28


Allonsy (author)ewilhelm2009-02-12

you went sandboarding! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! sorry i'm fine now.

killerjackalope (author)ewilhelm2008-05-11

Having had experience with sand surfing in a more beach and jeep scenario, a piece of hardboard bent in to a smooth shallow arc over the bottom of a wooden frame is shockingly fast though doesn't live for as long as hoped for, also a well polished piece of sheet steel in a similar setup does well, you can also have a flat in the middle for better stability at high speeds... for those looking to carve alot a slight bend towards the edges is good though a corner at some point makes carving much easier...

Hawaii00000 (author)ewilhelm2008-04-10

Look like fun, the only thing is there's no dunes in Hawaii. I guess I'll have to stick to real surfing.

GorillazMiko (author)ewilhelm2008-01-04

That looks awesome Eric, you look kind of funny in that 2nd picture.. but still, that looks like a lot of fun.

Labot2001 (author)ewilhelm2008-01-04

THAT looks fun lucky duck :P

zachninme (author)ewilhelm2008-01-03

Not to be untrusting, but they look photoshopped, for some reason... I guess its the lighting... That looks cool, though! Does the wind + sand hurt? At a beach, once, I was walking through the not-quite-beach area, the section between the parking lot and the coast, where there were big dune/mountains. They were paritally earth, in some sections. Either way, there was one that was so windy at the top, you could feal the sandblasting stinging your skin. (There was actually a pretty clear line from where you could feel it, to where you couldn't.) Is there some larger forces at work here, thus eliminating the wind? (or at least drastically reducing them from what I experienced) You don't seem to be "under fire" ;-P

ewilhelm (author)zachninme2008-01-03

For the two days I was there, the wind was pretty light. My hair is blowing because I was sitting right at the peak of a dune, where the wind is the strongest.

Here are more pictures of the dunes:
Ica and Huacachina
Huacachina, Ica to Nasca

Bran (author)ewilhelm2008-01-03

Looks windy.

ewilhelm (author)Bran2008-01-03

There was a slight breeze in the early morning. The dunes don't build themselves!

rockadio101 (author)2010-08-02


whiskrs (author)2010-07-10

so this seriously works???!!! i honestly think it wont in the kinda hills i have, theyre all rock and long grass it sux

Macaylastutorials (author)2009-12-05

wax up a snowboard real good, its wayyyyy easier!

saturnv7890 (author)2009-11-26

So i need to wax a board with surfers wax?? And do I need to buff it at all?

bassclarinet23 (author)2009-11-15

I like the first sentence...the funny thing is that if you failed to include that, someone might actually thought that was what you meant. Nice idea, but it doesn't work on all grassy terrains.

Something similar (and kind of fun) is going down a hill in one of those cylindrical garbage cans...I only did it once (and realized it was dangerous), but my "friends" (random people that live by me, but we are not anything more that acquaintances) have done it many times...including 2 people in one barrel, which ended up in them hitting a tree. :)

jbriano2 (author)2009-09-28

i used to do this with the seats of foladable chairs that were in a dumpster a scool

boog123 (author)2009-07-27

we did it but with like 2 cans of pam cooking spray down a steep hill in this four wheller trail down dirt

sighn-up (author)2009-07-26

just use apoxy resin

KEYBOARDISBROKEN (author)2009-06-17

i used to do this a lot in my garden- except it rained all the time, making it really muddy!! as a result there is a massive bald patch in my lawn....

meat grinder (author)2009-06-07

build a ramp!!!

KalShii (author)2009-05-28

if u take a skate deck and attach flip flops to it as bindings, u get a "Grurfboard", ridden by a "Grurfer"

shawntherobot (author)2009-05-08

They have already invented a similar thing in hawaii. They use taboggan like things on hills.

notaless (author)2008-06-02

I actually used to do this back in the day with my friends. You need to step it up a notch. Find a bigger steeper hill. Get some old shoes and drill them to the bored. Also wax the bottom of the bored with skaters wax. Like Sex Wax was best.

littlecj123321 (author)notaless2008-12-19

how do u frill shoes in, wont the screws lkie come out of the board??

lol ure right . did the guy answered yet ? wouldn't cement work ?

notaless (author)storkreaver2009-04-07

You need to use big washers before the screw so it has something to hold on too

storkreaver (author)2009-04-07

LOL good idea i wanna try ... what if u fall down ?? you'll end up rolling downhil =D

shaggy555666 (author)2008-01-21

In minnesota we take our trucks off our boards and do the same thing in the snow way funner than snow boarding u can even ride on the icy roads just like u were skateboarding

toy857 (author)shaggy5556662008-01-28

its caled snowskate. i did it at x games 12 like 2 days ago

temp (author)toy8572008-06-16

My friend once got one of those. i was like "hey (friends name) what's that?" he was like "its a snowskate, it cost me $80" i was like "why didn't you just go to walmart buy a $5 skateboard, take off the trucks and wax the bottom?" He was like "shut up"

Allonsy (author)temp2009-02-12

ha lol :)

Rye2121 (author)temp2008-08-03


I did that on the big hill outside my house, then we decide we could do better, the bicycle wasn't much improvement so we got a friend and his jeep, oh the laughs had, noone was injured badly, I did hit a a traffic light while attempting to jump off curbs...

Ribs (author)2008-08-26

Even better would be kite grass surfing (*jumping with excitement* )

Allonsy (author)Ribs2009-02-12

lol ya...:D calm down tho :)

homeboy (author)2008-10-29

Hey i have no grassy hills near my house. i have a skateboard and i took the trucks off, but no hills to slide on. any ideas to n alternate?

hold on to the back of cars.

vdude45 (author)2008-12-21

Dude, this is awesome. =D
I remember doing this with cardboard in a while ago.

shyninja (author)2008-12-19

haha we used to do that with a piece cardboard back at home. this brings back memories. using an actual skate board is probably a whole lot smoother

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