"...In an effort to promote Boys and Girls Clubs and the benefits of after-school programs, Warner and two friends will soon be embarking on a cross-country longboarding trip, called Longboard America, to raise money and awareness.
“I think there’s a national problem. There’s a huge lack of after-school programs,” Warner said. “That leaves a lot of time for kids to find the wrong mentors.”
Warner and fellow longboarders Ryan Donahue and Jerry Craker, both 19, will leave for San Diego March 15. From there, they will ride their longboards – like skateboards, but better equipped for long-distance trips – to Savannah, Ga., visiting 14 Boys and Girls Clubs along the way. The team will also be toting a video camera to document their trip for part of a film Warner is working on that examines the need for, and benefits of, after-school programs...."
Sheldon was telling me about this before the winter break, and said Adam just wanted to do a more low key, less media frenetic ride, and it sounds like one amazing adventure. All the way through Peru, then Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile, with a good degree of flexibility built in to absorb whatever may come.
A trip originally inspired by Rob Thomson, the guy who's circumnavigated the globe on a skateboard. Adam posts the general trip vibe and a really good list of items he's packing, as he's joining the "solo and unsupported" distance mindset.
Laura Hatwell - World's first female 100+ mile ultraskater!!
Copied over from Laura's post in the Ultraskate V thread.
She charged it!! This just made my weekend
I'm currently sitting in the university library here in Plymouth with my mind blown by all the cool goings on around the world. I got to meet some amazing people in Dorney over the weekend and re-meet some familiar faces. I'm constantly astounded by the quality of distance skaters here in the UK, and whilst the overnight shut down might have forced some to realign their goals/indeed, depart, we ended up with an event which in my mind was entirely perfect in spirit.
Stat-o-licious: I reached my goal of 100 miles on my first Ultraskate. I skated 102 miles in 11 hours 38 mins, at an average speed of 8.7 mph. In fact, after the night break, I went up by a mile an hour thanks to the iPod and the company I was in. Whilst I had another board with me (dubbed the evil Mermaid! rave reviews!), I felt that it was unwise to change the game plan completely with such a short preparation time. So I pushed regular the whole way. I didn't feel tired at the end, just elated, I could have gone on further, but it seemed fitting to finish the lap and all head home happy. I was surrounded by support, some people who I'd seen through their 100 early in the day, others who just skated a few laps and wanted to leap around in the dark with me to share my joy.
I enjoyed the event enormously - I have found the access key to a higher state of happiness! Addiction is such a harsh word...how about compulsion...or need...oh, they all have the same end... Before the next Ultra, I think we've got some challenge/race format style events planned, to give us enough time to sweet talk Dorney management into hosting an event proper. The conditions this time were perfect, and on that basis alone, I am going to name Dorney one of, if not THE, premier distance longboarding event locations. I'm sure it would rule even if wasn't clement outside!
I really hope everyone got what they wanted out of the Ultra this time around, and I hope to learn of many more dreams coming true. Thank you to everyone who helped me get where I needed to go, and where I'm going to go next! Expect pumping to take a much larger role!
Rob Thomson's World Wide Skateboard Journey COMPLETED!
Rob Thomson has truly pushed the envelope in world-wide skateboard travel. All the while keeping an amazing documentary of the trip on his blog and on many different forums.
I was amazed we could keep in touch even just now and then by email, considering his time and energy on the road. The guy is a powerhouse of positive thinking. We chatted about pumping and pushing boards and techniques, and I still hold hope that some day in future travels, we'll be able to go beyond the virtual world.
So many of the experiences and impressions of Rob's resonate so closely with things I've felt and could never put to words. Particularly the notion of riding solo and being perfectly okay with it. A sense of accomplishment that comes from deep down within one's soul...what else could drive someone across continents without a big media hoopla and cheering crowds at the end? I've experienced the same many times on a much smaller scale of course, but the inner-drive is really what pulls you through.
Pure awesomeness Rob -- congratulations!!
I'm just blown away by this. 15 years ago, I could and would have dropped every commitment going on (which wasn't much!) and joined him. What this realistically means now is -- as a fellow distance skater Jim Etkin recently said -- what the possibilities of retirement could bring. Just another great reason to stay in peak shape the next 20 years...
Rob really says it all best, so here is a short collection of links to his blog and associated threads:
Keith O'leary wrote up a great personal story about the Ultraskate experience on the UK-based site "HappySkater"
Keith's goal was 100 and he blew well past that, something like 150 miles in total. What I really dug was his impression on the euphoria upon meeting his personal goal.
"It took me a while to conclude that if I kept looking for the zone, it would never be found. I told myself to clear these thoughts from my mind and concentrate on keeping my body in good shape."
"Navigating round small kids in three-wheeled banana-yellow bicycles became second nature. "
"One hundred miles. ... That was it for me. Of course I kept going into the night on my own, but that first one hundred miles was so special and I really felt a positive change had occurred, personally. "
For Keith's full story, click on the link "100 Miles" July 3rd 2008. And surf the site!! It's a growing collection of images and stories about longboarding in a great-vibe format designed by Laura Hatwell.
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