How Bungee Boarding Works

Bungee Boarding Tips

The first advice that Banshee Bungee spokesman Cooper Kalisek has for users is to avoid dry-firing the bungee -- that is, don't stretch it to the max and then let go if you decide not to ride [source: Kalisek]. The safety concern here is probably obvious: The handle takes off at high speed and can injure bystanders. But Kalisek also points out that when the bungee recompresses quickly, it builds up a great deal of heat. If it's dry-fired repeatedly, the heat can turn the rubber brittle and shorten the life of the bungee.

Another tip that Kalisek mentions is to anchor the bungee low rather than high. For example, don't pick a tree 10 feet (3 meters) up the bank for an anchor when using the bungee in a river. A bungee anchored low gives a better pull and is safer. Bungees themselves are adaptable. You can choose 10-foot (3-meter) or 20-foot (6-meter) lengths, depending on the amount of space you have available. You can also shorten the effective length of the bungee by wrapping it around the anchor point.

While riding your bungee board, it may help to assume a crouched stance. Having bent knees and a lower center of gravity, particularly when you're getting up to speed, can make it easier to stay on the board and not be jerked off by the impulse of the cord. Many of the moves or tricks you can try in bungee boarding are the same ones that apply to any boarding sport. You can use the bungee to power ollies (making the board rise as you jump), spins, shuvits (the skateboard rotates beneath you as you jump), and rail slides (you slide along an immobile object like a handrail). But don't let the speed you gain from the bungee tempt you to try tricks outside your range.

When you're using the bungee to skimboard, skateboard or snowboard and someone is helping you, it helps to coordinate with that person. Keep equal pressure on each handle as you stretch the cord. When you're ready, count to three to get in sync. The helper should take a step or two forward before letting go to keep the rider from getting jerked off the board. To learn more about staying safe while bungee boarding, keep reading.