Longboarding catching on in Albuquerque

Posted at: 02/11/2014 10:46 PM
Updated at: 02/11/2014 11:10 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Albuquerque is increasingly becoming a hotspot for longboarders, thanks to its steep hills, ditches and empty channels. Longboarders typically use a 38-inch or longer board, good for going long distances often at high speeds.

Longboarders like the Duke City Bombers group plan rides and teach safety clinics around town. They say the appeal is a fast, adventurous ride almost anyone can get into.

“If you're 40 and you don't want to fall anymore, you're still going to fall cause its skateboarding, but you can go and cruise a hill and take it pretty mellow, or if you're 21 you can go somewhere and do 60 on your hill,” longboarder Chris Cade said.

Longboarding has caught on quick in Albuquerque partially because of the parallels with snowboarding.

“It's a good way to cross-train in the off-season, if it's too snowy in town to skate you can head up to the hills  and keep your legs strong,” Cade said.

But also because the city of Albuquerque is made for it.

"What we're really known for is the ditches, everybody knows  the ditches out here and we have a lot of hills, great skate parks,” longboarder Tim Elwell said.

A lot of longboarding hotspots --  ditches, sloped streets and parking garages – aren’t technically allowed.

But many skaters, especially those who use boarding as their mode of transportation, hope people will start giving the sport more credit.

“Normally we get stopped and we get cited for the city code we've been stopped with is toy in the street...which technically it is a toy but if I'm moving from point A to point B, what's wrong with that?” Cade said.

To learn more about longboarding in Albuquerque, visit https://www.facebook.com/Dukecitybombers

UNM had this to say about skating on campus:

UNM does have a general, campus-wide policy regarding bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles. Below are some pertinent snippets from the policy. 

OTHER INFO...

UNMPD says most of the violators to this policy are not UNM students, rather HS students who come to campus to skate, bike, etc.