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Longboard skating catches on


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."

Longboarders having fun in Bukit Timbalan. semalam sempena JB Arts Festival yang berlangsung dari Jumaat hingga Ahad lalu. STR/ Pic by Fahd Rahmat

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