F. A. Q.

Is powerbocking safe?
No matter how you look at it, bocking is a high risk sport. The very idea of bocking is to enable people to jump to extreme heights.
You could look at skating, skiing, and even riding a bike as risky activities but as long as you start off safe and learn properly then the risk is controlled and minimised.
Bocking is a massive amount of fun so each person needs to decide if the risks are acceptable to them. Of course everyone who is starting out should be fully equipped with safety pads, essentially wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet.
In 5 years the worst injury we’ve seen is a broken collar bone from someone trying a backflip. Injuries are a very rare occurance in the Welsh Bockers.

Is it hard to learn?
It’s a new type of balance which your brain needs to get used to, just like learning to skateboard, rollerblade or ride a bmx. Even though you’re jumping at a reasonable height off the ground, this only comes with experience.
Your brain has a unique way of knowing what you’re capable of doing and until the balance and skill is developed enough to perform a trick successfully, your brain will stop you from attempting it.
In terms of landing, the spring takes the full impact although the technique needs to develop. This is no different than a trampolinist or gymnast learning the various moves.

How long does it take to learn?
It’s different for everybody but the learning curve is quite easy and you should be up walking and maybe running on within an hour. Most people start learning basic tricks within a week. None of the Welsh Bockers have any sort of gymnastic or acrobatic backgrounds. Everything we have learned has been through bocking.

How do I know what size/model to buy?
Jumping stilts depend on your body weight and not really how short or tall you are. When you buy stilts you will need to match up your weight to the same spring category. For example if you weigh 74kg then you would be a 70kg rated spring. There are junior models for those who weigh under 50kg or 7 stone.
It will not matter how tall you are as they are adjustable and your shoe size will not be important either. The same model is used for both guys and girls.

Who is powerbocking aimed at?
Everyone – there are no age limitations. The youngest we know of is 5 and we once had a 68 year old grandmother on stilts!
People with back problems probably wouldn’t have fun but people with ankle and knee injuries have been able to bock fine.
Most serious bockers after they have seen bocking for the first time will know in the first few seconds that it is something they really want to do.
If you start bocking to look cool, you’ll probably quit in a short while.

Do I really need protective gear?
YES. Wrist guards are a must in this sport but there are quite a few people who don’t bother, and even some within the welsh bockers! If you choose to not wear wrist protection then you do so at your own risk.
While learning it is also a good idea to wear a helmet. You’re head can be as high as 10 feet in the air while jumping on stilts and thats a long way to fall.

What about the different makes/brands?
The UK market has changed in recent years and there are now really only 2 brands available in the UK. These are Projump and Poweriser. In October 2010 Projump launched their latest model called the Exo and we believe the new design offers the best stilt without spending over £1000.
Powerisers are sold through a network of dealers who usually have little knowledge or experience about the stilts.

Do they require maintenance
Due to the high impact involved with powerbocking it is very wise to briefly check over all the nuts and bolts before putting them on and make sure nothing is loose. The springs will become more flexible the more they are used but you should be in no danger of them snapping or causing problems as long as you have chosen the correct model for your body.

How long do they last?
There is no real answer to this. If you use them for 3 hours per day every single day then they will not last nearly as long as if you only use them once per week. The two items that suffer from wear and tear are the rubber feet and the fibreglass springs themselves. Both parts are replaceable and available seperately

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