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The term monoski may refer to either of two unrelated pieces of ski equipment. It is the device used in the sport of monoskiing.The monoski, invented in the 1960s and popularized in the 1970s and '80s by monoskiers like Mike Doyle, is similar to a snowboard in that both feet are attached to one...
. There are three types of monoskiing, one is used for waterskiing one for snow skiing and the final is a new experimental design that is equivalent to mountain boarding. On a snow monoskiing, the feet are side-by-side and pointing in the direction of the board, and standard ski
A ski is a long, flat device worn on the foot, usually attached through a boot, designed to help the wearer slide smoothly over snow. Originally intended as an aid to travel in snowy regions, they are now mainly used for recreational and sporting purposes...
bindings are used as well as non-releasing bindings like on snowboards and skwals. Unlike in snowboarding, ski poles are generally used when monoskiing. On a water monoskiing, the feet are one in front of the other and pointing in the direction of the ski. A standard waterski binding is located for the front foot, while a small slipper type binding is located behind for the back foot. A type of waterskiing on a monoskiing is called slalom water skiing.
Monoskiing was invented in the 1960s. Surfer Mike Doyle promoted the monoski in the early 1970s, after which monoskiing's relative popularity slowly increased, but the interest eventually waned in favor of snowboarding. Monoskiing is still practiced by a reasonably large enthusiast community, especially in powder, where the wider waist of the monoski, compared to traditional skis, provides greater flotation.
A monoboard is derived from a boarder cross snowboard and looks very similar to a snowboard. The monoboard's most distinctive features are: 1-Adequate width, 2-leaf spring system (Dynastar), 3-wavy edges (Libtech), 4-quad-flex (WMO), and 5-interactive suspension (WMO). 1-The width makes lay down turns possible, 2-the leaf spring system give a great pop and an amazingly consistent flex, 3-the magne traction makes the shifts of power from the tip and tail to under the center of the feet possible, 4-the quad-flex makes the adjustments to any angle of the slope possible using the 4 edges, and 5-the interactive suspension makes the creation of variable dampening response possible (ie a shock absorber.)