In the wake of several recent longboarding deaths, the Vancouver Park Board is holding a clinic today to teach children aged 11 to 16, the basics of longboarding and longboarding safety.
"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.
Blyth says the idea comes from Park Board General Manager Malcolm Bromley who saw teens longboarding in Stanley Park in an unsafe manner as they shared the road with bikes and cars.
"He gave the kids his business card," she said. "They called him back and, as a result, we have this clinic."
Longboarder Labs is holding the clinic on a short barricaded street at Queen Elizabeth Park. Blyth says they have more than 30 years experience in the sport.
Helmets and boards are being provided.
The Park Board says it plans to offer longboarding clinics as part of its regular programming next year.