Goodbye waves, I'll hit the road
SURFING has long been Byron Bay’s number one pastime, but it seems the humble skateboard is giving the sport a run for its money.
Long boarding, a surf culture-influenced skating style, is attracting growing numbers of followers who are attracted to its relaxed and inclusive culture.
Enthusiasts say it’s like surfing on land, but better, because you don’t have to wait for the waves.
“You can skate anywhere anytime,” one skater told The Northern Star.
Long boarders say there’s also less ego involved than surfing, where it’s “one man, one wave”.
Rob McWhinnieorganises regular riding days around Byron.
He said women, children and even the odd surfer were among the converted.
There was an emphasis on safety at riding days, and a “no helmet, no ride” policy, he said.
Long boarding explained
As the name suggests, boards are longer than the traditional skate park board.
The wheels on the board are bigger and softer, giving a smoother ride
The deck of the board can also be more flexible.
Long-boarding is less centred on “tricks” and more focused on “cruising” and downhill racing.