"Have these guys figured out that, when you and your fellow competitors have given it all you've got and the finish line nears, it feels better to celebrate the effort than to digitize the outcome?"One of the coolest things, for my money, about belonging to a club centered around a particular activity -- say, cross country skiing -- is discovering that fellow club members have other sides to their lives that I don't know anything about. Take Ian Whyte, for example. You've seen him on the ski trails and at the races, Ian with the flowing silver mane. But I bet you didn't know that, in a parallel universe, he's actually a distance skateboard racer. I didn't even know there was such a thing, but there is, and he's damn good at it: first in his age group in the International Distance Skateboarding Association rankings last year, fourth this year but aiming for first again next year with some improvements in equipment and technique. Finding out about this is so much fun!
Turns out the biggest distance skateboarding race of the year is called Adrenalina, held in San Diego. Ian was there racing and sends us this awesome report: a peek at a piece of the world of sports that we're probably not familiar with, a chance to broaden our view and taste something new. Thanks, Ian, for the report!
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