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New Downhill Winter Sport Hangboarding featured on Discovery Channel

"Wait till you see the next story, its about something that we're pretty sure will take the extreme sports world by storm." - Announcer on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.

BC Inventor Don Arney is excited about his project getting a lift from national TV exposure. “We began developing this sport in 2002 and have done extensive testing on ski hills around BC including Whistler Blackcomb. We are hoping it will catch on, that people will see the excitement of developing a new sport along with us,” says Arney.

The HangBoard combines the principles of Hang gliding with snowboarding, with riders suspended in a horizontal position over the slopes as they navigate down the hill.

“It’s the closest thing I’ve ever felt to flying, other than jumping out of a plane,” says Lucas Parker, pro Hangboarder.

“While the thrill is in controlling your descent with your body movements it offers more control than either skiing or snowboarding because there are brakes and rudders for steering,” explains Arney.

Arney co-founded the Hang Gliding Association of B.C. in the early 1970s, learned to fly planes a few years later and helicopters in the '90s. He is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who lives on Salt Spring Island and flies his helicopter to work at his companies in Vancouver. He understands the business of bringing inventions to market. “I think this has tremendous potential,” he says.

Arney points out some benefits to this sport include “no need to develop infrastructure on the ski hills – things like luge and bobsledding are fairly exclusive when you consider the costs of the infrastructure and equipment. The HangBoard equipment consists of a harness and boom system that you attach to your snowboard, and will be relatively inexpensive."

“What early enthusiasts have said is that the sport has room to grow and develop – riders can write the book on how to use and pilot the equipment, much like snowboarding which has evolved because of the users. They have driven the sport because it is adaptable. That’s what we want to tap into.”

Currently the HangBoard is “raring to go,” with the company HangBoard Snowflight Inc hoping to attract enthusiasts and companies to partner in marketing the equipment.

Find out more about the HangBoard.