Skiing? Nope. Snowboarding? No. Waterskiing? Wakeboarding? Forget it.
There’s a lot of fun ways to ride or slide, but there’s nothing quite like urethane wheels on pavement.
And for cruising, nothing beats an old-time cruiser skateboard or its offspring, the longboard.
Skateboarding had its roots in the 1950s, with clay wheels being the rolling surface of choice. The sport exploded in the 1970s, when slalom races were held in communities and bowl-filled skate parks were constructed, both privately and by municipalities.
It all flamed out in the early 1980s, but skateboarding never went away. Instead, from its
faddish roots, it gained adherents, who diverged among disciplines and influenced fashion.
One of those disciplines that’s been popularized in the past decade or so is longboarding — simply put a long skateboard.
To see longboarders carve the streets and bring the four-wheelers to a sliding stop by pitching it sideways is remarkable.
Unfortunately, roads were designed for cars, not for recreation.
When longboarders go fast and hit cars, the outcome is predictable. Three years ago a female longboarder was killed in North Vancouver when she hit a car at speed.
But the passion for the sport is not going away.
In the Lower Mainland, municipalities occasionally close streets to let longboarders rip, but this doesn’t serve the need.
Longboarders in Kamloops have pushed the city for a solution. Unfortunately, the first suitable location, on the old toboggan hill beside Pacific Way, was ruled out.
But City administration is now looking at areas nearby, around Pacific Way elementary for a larger location. Local rider Patrick Mutrie, who has raced internationally, says it would be a first worldwide.
Let’s hope the City can find the will and the budget to get it done. It promises fun and may save a life.
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