Published in OutDare Adventures on 1 Oct 2012.
A stretch of tarmac, a summers breeze, and a longboard – that is all you need for an evening of bliss. You yearn for an adrenaline rush, but you are restrained by a tight leash; the dreaded word that consumes your thoughts and haunts your dreams; money. You are broke.
I’ll share with you a little secret. There are kicks to be found outside of the pricey niche of skydiving, BASE jumping, snowboarding lessons, etc. The growing sport of longboarding is accessible wherever you may be. It just requires practise and a pair of balls.
The longboard was created to mimic the motions of surfing and snowboarding, now it stands on its own, as a sport in its own right. But why just pave down your own road when you could be racing all over the world.
America and Australasia seem to be leading the charge when it comes to surfing the roads. When I went searching I discovered a bustling hub of festivals and races dotted around the globe, all dedicated to this niche sport.
The following are just a few races to try out around America and Canada, plenty more lie just a google search away:
- The Maryhill Festival of Speed – Longbranch, Washington, U.S.A.
- Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge – Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
- Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon – San Diego, California, U.S.A.
- R.O.U.G.E Longboard Race – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
As for the rest of the world we’ve got some options:
- 2012 Hyundai Tour – New Zealand
- Event Listings – Australia
- The Hamburg City Rollbrett Race – Germany
For more events around the world click here.
When I purchased my first longboard, I took it down to the tennis courts behind my old school to practise, hiding it from prying eyes because people in my little town in the south east of Ireland did not understand what this board was. I began to think this was going to be one lonely sport as I carved the pavements on my own with just my Ipod tucked in my ear for company. But now my eyes have opened and I see the world out there, the people that are traversing across their home lands via their boards to join together and unite with this epic booming community of longboarders.
You want to try longboarding in Ireland? Be warned; its hilly, the weather is crap and the community of riders is small. However, if you catch her on a good day, it can be spectacular. You can roll through the streets of Dublin city; dodging cars, cobbles and people or you can dapple in the extreme and push out to rural Ireland (aka nearly every other county outside of Dublin) thereby taking on the country lanes, the cattle and the wildlife.
If your curiosity has been piqued then you’ll need to know that the Dublin Longboard Crew are at the forefront of the rise and they are waiting to welcome you to our home.