Brushboarding takes surfing world by storm

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

P4876-01-09SH The new craze of Brush Boarding in Topsham, a great way of keeping fit without getting wet. Pictured-Kyle Dent, creator of the brush board gets a chance to try it out.
Picture:Simon Horn.

P4876-01-09SH The new craze of Brush Boarding in Topsham, a great way of keeping fit without getting wet. Pictured-Kyle Dent, creator of the brush board gets a chance to try it out. Picture:Simon Horn.

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A SPORT invented in Topsham is taking the extreme sports community by storm.

A SPORT invented in Topsham is taking the extreme sports community by storm.The Brush ramp invention, designed by Australian-born Kyle Dent, allows surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders to practice their skills without getting wet or hurt.Mr Dent's idea for a mobile ramp, which has a moving surface of soft brushes that propel the rider upwards, has now been endorsed by The British Surf Association.The rider is taken up the ramp by putting an edge of their board into the brushes, and skims downward when the edge is taken out. The brushes are broom-like bristles, so the surface is softer than a normal skateboard ramp.Father-of-two Mr Dent said: "Brush Boarding(tm) improves the fitness, core strength, balance and co-ordination required for surfing, snowboarding and skate boarding."Everyone dreams of doing sports like surfing and snowboarding."It has taken three and half years of research and development with seven prototypes to get to this stage."Different size boards change the experience for a rider with longer boards simulating surfing, smaller boards feeling like skateboarding, and mid- size boards giving snowboarders thrills without chills.Mr Dent is also focusing on marketing the board as a machine that develops core strength, balance and co-ordination, transferable to any sport while improving mental focus. It is also very accessible for children to use.His company, Extreme Sports Zone, based in Topsham, are now offering the boards to schools, local councils and indoor skateboarding centres.Single lessons are available at their headquarters in the business park opposite Darts Farm, on Thursdays, from 5pm to 9pm for an unlimited period, subject to space, for £10.The Brush Boarding team will be appearing at the London International Boat Show, from January 9 to January 18. To try the sport contact Extreme Sports Zone on 07528419458 or visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk for more information.


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