By Chris Rempel
Longboarding is not about ollies and kickflips; the only real trick involved in longboarding is being able to enjoy riding no matter what your ability is or what the conditions are like.
Longboarding is not about trying to be something you're not - it's about being who you are.
Longboarding South Africa
By Chris Rempel
Some of the Eastern Cape longboarding crew are planning to paint the hills red in the Bloukrans Pass this weekend. Bloukrans is also home to the world's highest commercial bungy jump. So if the downhill skating is not enough adrenalin for you, you could always go jump 216m down the Bloukrans bridge.
Source: First Nature
Tuesday 1 February 2011 saw the launch of the first official non-motorised transport (NMT) lanes of the new MyCiTi transport system in Cape Town. Among the 300 commuters who gathered at 6am for the brief celebration and fun 8km ride were longboard skaters Justin Boast, Anton Pratt, Terry Terblanche and Richard Ward.
As published on Facebook:
Nestled between pine forests, fynbos and Martian like landscape, the Houwteq complex is situated 4km off the N2 just out side Grabouw.
The course is quick and fast, starting at the top riders push down a short straight into a tight right-hander. The hill banks to the left as you speed down the hill, about mid way riders will need to negotiate a hay bail chicane before the last drop which dips into the tight left-hand High Rising ...Dip aka "CARNAGE CORNER". The course is 1km long from top to bottom.
The Stellenbosch longboard crew are trying to find people that would be interested in attending a premiere of "Drop: My life downhill". They are aiming for somewhere around the 19th - 26th March. Tickets should be around R35 each. Please respond to the event on Facebook, here. Peeps are asked only to respond if they are certain to attend. They need at least a 100 attendees to make the event happen.
Longboarding is in plain simple terms just a derivative of skateboarding. Or is it? Well I'm sure the purists will attack me for saying this but I need a starting point for this article right? At the end of this article you'll find some links to more sources on the history of this growing sport, but for now I will try my best to explain to you what exactly longboarding is.