YOUTH CRAZE: The urban sport which comes from California, United States, was introduced in June last year
JOHOR BARU: LONGBOARD skating is becoming a craze among youths in the state capital.
And, it is also garnering more popularity during the Johor Baru Arts Festival.
The urban sport which originated from California, United States, was introduced in June last year.
It is adapted from surfing and utilises a wider and longer version of the traditional skateboard.
Boomslang Johor Baru Longboarders Club representative Zulfaiz Zulkin, 26, said the trend was the latest to catch on among the city's youths, after fixie cycling.
"It is popular even among adults," said Zulfaiz at the International Longboard Slide Jam competition in Bukit Timbalan.
"Some of those who are active in this sport are married. It brings the community together."
He said many of the longboarders had gone through intensive training to perfect their skills, including skating down hilly terrain in Seri Alam, Pasir Gudang .
"There are no places for us longboarders in the city so we had to go elsewhere. We are hoping that the state government can build an extreme sports complex here."