Downhill longboarding is a physical activity that involves riding a longboard down a slope while using one's body to maintain balance and control of the board. Beginner participants may have “speed wobbles” due to nervousness and tension, though with more experience, riders can feel more comfortable with the fast speed and can manoeuvre more easily. Longboards vary in shape and size, though the boards designed for downhill riding are usually around 95 to 110 cm in length. Although similar to skateboards, longboards are longer, have larger softer wheels, and are designed to have more stability, traction and durability. Longboards have good turning ability and offer smooth rides, making them suitable for recreational cruising and commuting. Due to the fast speed of downhill longboarding, participants must know how to slide and air brake properly in order to come to a complete stop.
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Who takes part?
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Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?
Toronto Girls Longboarding; The Toronto Longboard Meetup Group
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Christie Pits Park750 Bloor St WToronto, ON M6G 3K4http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/196/index.htm
High Park1873 Bloor St WEtobicoke York, ON M6R 2Z3http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/77/index.htm
Trinity Bellwoods Park790 Queen St WToronto, ON M6J 1G3
North Toronto Wastewater Treatment Plant21 Redway RdEast York, ON M4H 1P6
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