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Sign up your kids for a free longboarder safety clinic

September 24 2014

“Longboarding has evolved from a fringe sport to one that’s gone mainstream ... we’re offering this free clinic to make the sport safer,” said Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth.

Longboarding lab

The Vancouver Park Board is promoting safe longboarding with a free clinic for children ages 11 to 16. Kids will also learn about carving, braking, and sliding. Helmets and longboards will be provided.

The clinic takes place Sunday, September 28 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Queen Elizabeth Park on a short, barricaded street.

Longboarder Labs, which has been in the sport and industry for more than 30 years, is holding the clinic.

How to register for the clinic

To sign up your child, contact our Hillcrest Centre Community Youth Worker at 604-257-8645.

Park Board helps this popular fringe sport become safer

“Longboarding has evolved from a fringe sport to one that’s gone mainstream. Unfortunately, some young people in Metro Vancouver have been killed or seriously injured so we’re offering this free clinic to make the sport safer,” said Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth.

“The idea came from Park Board General Manager Malcolm Bromley who saw teens longboarding in Stanley Park. It looked unsafe because they were sharing the road with bikes and cars. He gave the kids his business card. They called him back and, as a result, we have this clinic.”

The Park Board plans to offer longboarding clinics as part of regular programing next spring or summer.

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