Canadian invented downhill winter sport Hangboarding to be featured on Discovery Channel this month

Future Olympic Sport? Here's an uplifting story about a succesful Canadian Inventor and his passion for the new downhill winter sport Hangboarding which he is pioneering
By: Suzanne Little
 
March 5, 2010 - PRLog -- BC Inventor Don Arney is excited about his project getting a lift from the 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.

One of Arney’s company SEI is the largest aerial firefighting equipment company in the world and has designed and built all kinds of unique devices (used in 95 countries) including the Bambi Bucket for lifting water. Another of his inventions is the inflatable Full Lotus Floats, which have replaced rigid pontoons on many aircraft, revolutionizing lake, ice and snow landings in the north.

Currently Discovery Channel airdate is scheduled for week of March 15 during a week long series on wild sports.

Please see Hangboard images and video here.
You are free to use these with accreditation to www.hangboard.ca.

Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hangboard/sets/7215759437911...

Video: http://www.hangboard.ca/video1.html

For more information about the HangBoard or Don Arney, please contact:
Publicist Suzanne Little at Mobius Communications. Contact Details below.

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Mobius Communications provides online PR and Marketing services, as well as Digital Strategy consulting for companies.
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