Ropeboarding is a blossoming new international sport. Notable groups are Brock Ropeboarding, Fly High Ropeboarding, Adrenaline Ropeboarding, and many more. It originated in Kitchener, Ontario thanks to the Brock Ropeboarding group. Tricks that you can do are similar to skateboarding tricks. Many exist but new ones are being thought up constantly. A few weeks ago, one of my friends did a handstand on the ropeboard (of course, she's a gymnast). It provides for hours of fun with friends, a place for your creativity, and an ab workout that you will feel after your first day. Jump on for a thrill!
This is our ropeboarding video:
Step 1: Getting the Supplies
Rope (Recommended for at least 300 lbs.)
A Climbing Carabiner
A basic understanding of knots
Step 2: Preparing the Board
Next, find the middle of the board and mark it. Measure it lengthwise and widthwise then divide each of those numbers by 2 to find the middle in each direction. Mark it here.
Drill out a hole here about the diameter of your rope. You can also paint it if you want.
Your board is now primed for ropeboarding.
Step 3: Preparing the Rope
Do not cut anything else just yet.
Step 4: Getting the Rope Up
Try to get the rope around as close to the tree as possible without posing a risk of swinging into the tree when it is finished. This will minimize the risk of the branch breaking to almost nothing.
You will know you have done this successfully if you are on the ground and are holding the loop in one hand and the other end of the rope in the other hand. Of course, between these two ends the rope should be going over the branch.
Step 5: Securing the Rope
Just make sure the rope is snug up there.
Step 6: Attaching Your Easy Swap Carabiner
Step 7: Attaching the Handle
To begin, tie a loop in the wakeboard handle's rope. Next put this loop over the carabiner. Adjust the loop so you can hold the handle over your head comfortably. It helps to have a friend do this with you. Once you are done adjusting cut off the extra rope. Pull to tighten the knot.
You should now have a handle hanging on a rope on a tree that you can swing from.
Step 8: Getting the Board Attached
Put the loop on the board on the carabiner. Adjust the loop so the board is about 1.5 to 2 feet off of the ground. Find a place that is comfortable for you. Once you find that spot, tighten down the knot.
You now have a working ropeboard. Hop on and swing a bit to make sure everything is secure.