Longboarders to descend on Giant’s Head Mountain

For the sixth consecutive year, longboarders from around North America and beyond will descend on Giant’s Head Mountain.

For the sixth consecutive year, longboarders from around North America and beyond will descend on Giant’s Head Mountain for a weekend of high-speed thrills.

The Giant’s Head Freeride will be held Aug. 3 to 5 and will draw around 200 participants.

The specially designed skateboards will reach speeds of 30 to 40 kilometres an hour along the paved path on the mountain.

Event organizer Andrew Monaghan said the mountain draws participants back each year.

“It’s a unique course, unequalled in North America,” he said.

While the longboarders will race on the Monday, the event is not set up as a competition.

“It’s based on just having fun,” Monaghan said.

Participants have registered from around North America, with one longboarder arriving from Spain for the event.

The popularity of the sport continues to grow and the skill level increases every year, Monaghan said.

The course, from the paved parking lot near the summit to a spot just inside the gates to the mountain park, is the route which has been used in previous longboarding events.