Longboarders to ride on Giant’s Head Mountain

It will be a weekend of fast downhill rides as longboarders compete in the Giant’s Head Free-ride this weekend.

It will be a weekend of fast downhill rides as longboarders from across Canada and the United States compete in the Giant’s Head Free-ride this weekend.

Ken Leigh-Smith, one of the event organizers, said the competition is expected to draw around 200 people.

Throughout the weekend, they will ride specially designed skateboards down the paved path on Giant’s Head Mountain.

“Giant’s Head is one of the premier spots for longboarding in North America,” Leigh-Smith said.

The competition will draw some of the best athletes in the sport and at least 40 of the participants are riding on behalf of sponsoring companies.

As they descend, longboards will reach speeds of 30 to 40 kilometres an hour. Some may attain speeds of 50 km/h.

Because of the speeds and the winding course, Leigh-Smith said safety is essential.

“We really emphasize that safety equipment is necessary,” he said. “We’re all interested in making this sport legitimate.”

Longboarding competitions have been held on the mountain since 2008.

 

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