So did you see 'Wild', the new series on Children's BBC last weekend? It was pretty awesome!
Aimed at inspiring kids to get outdoors, this episode was about Mountains and stuff you can do in and around and on them like sports, photography, animals n that (future episodes will feature Rivers, Caves, etc). Presented on location in beautiful N.Wales at Plas Y Brenin National Sports Centre, the team have boundless energy, unlimited high fives, and the ubiquitous inane kid-friendly banter. This was all good, positive stuff, proper outdoors-ey stuff, with a mix of VT films and 'live' fun.
It helps that head presenter Tim Warwood is something of a mini-legend himself and the kind of bloke you'd love to have a pint/ride with, having been a UK snowboard champion by the age of 20, making some epic snowboard films with his buddies at Lockdown Projects, and reported for TV & live-MCed events like Empire of Dirt, Big Freeze, X Fighters, Boardmasters, The British Ski & Snowboard Championships, and The London Olympics (BMX). So his presenting skills & alt.sports knowledge are just fine!
So in this first episode of 'Wild', Tim gets not only to meet trials-bike wizard Chris Doney (9minutes in) and extreme wheelchair impresario Phil Hall (37m20), but also and more importantly for us, goes off road all terrain dirt trolley wheelie mountain boarding! woohoo!
First he heads to longtime UK scene MBC Bugs Boarding in Gloucester to meet Mr Matt Brind, he of championing stuff. Tim has beginners nerves for 5 minutes but picks it up quickly due to his previous and before long is getting "astronomical air" on Bugs' jumps :)
Then they head out for some "mountainboarding at it's purest":
It conveys the fun well, the landscape looks inspiring, Tim falls in some sheep poo (ahhh reminds us of Hill 62 days!) then gets proper rad, so YESSS!, it is a really nice little piece on our small, humble, amazing, life-changing, shredtastically awesome niche sport. Huzzah.
In fact, well done to all involved, to all the 'Wild' team and the BBC for commissioning such a program in the first place. The outdoors is fun, as us mountainboarders already know! Enjoy it.
Kids, go wild.
Get on over to iPlayer (for 2 months UK only people!) and see it all for yourself:
Mountainboard VT starts at 14m 30s:
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