Posted 7:14 AM 6/28/2012 : Longboarders rolling into Southern Arizona
MARANA, Ariz.- An old pastime is resurfacing and rolling into Southern Arizona.
It's called longboarding and it's like skateboarding, except riders use a longer board and they're all about going downhill at high speeds.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Caviglia and a couple of his buddies recently formed a club called "R.Y.N.O. Longboarding". "The goal is just to have fun, meet new people, meet new riders and that way you just have someone near who you can ride with," Caviglia says.
The group meets once a week at parks or neighborhood streets that slope. They consist mainly of Pima Community College and University of Arizona students. "People that come out that are new don't really know what they're doing, so we'll ride with them, we'll teach them how to slide and everything," Longboarder Chris Shaffer says.
It can be a dangerous activity. "I've had a broken cartilage in my right knee because of a fall I took three months ago," Caviglia says.
"When it's happening, it's scary, but then after you crash it's like ok whatever, it's done, so you get back on and keep riding," Longboarder Michael Murphy says.
Their boards are typically 32 to 48 inches long and cost between $130 to $350.
It's a high price to pay, but riders say it's well worth it. Their goal is to have a good time, learn new tricks and pass on their passion.
To learn more about R.Y.N.O. Longboarding you can head to the group's Facebook page.
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