The Sport

Release of Wolf Shark Racing Speedboard, Cracked Helmets and Skinned Ribs, And Lots of Racing

This past year has been crazy, and left me in much the same condition. Since this past downhill racing season began, I have not seen my son for more than a few days at a time. Every weekend is another race.  Last weekend was Kewlona, next weekend is Salt Spring, the weekend before last was Mt. Washington, and the weekend after next is Calgary. I think. 

Wolf at Britannia Challenge 

It's been a crazy year for Lorrie Miller, as her son, Wolfgang broke a world's record, designed a new longboard, and has been on the downhill longboard racing circuit all summer, which means she sees him for only a few days at a time between races all over the world.

Longboarding In Canada Reaches for European Standards

Longboarding is one of the fastest growing sports, likely the fastest growing fast sport.  This is my son, Wolf's third season of racing.  Try as I might to describe what they actually do on a race course, my descriptions often fall short.  So i thought I would like some footage here  to show what was like two weekends ago at Britannia Beach's Gold Rush Challenge. 

Wolf took third spot in the junior division behind Washington State's, Spencer Smith.  

Graveyard Call: Registering for the Race in the Alps

May 14th, 2010 was marked on my Blackberry for weeks, and on the paper calendar for longer than that.  That was the day, 8am French time when we could finally register Wolf for Graveyard Call, the Biggest downhill event in France.  There are only 80 spots for down hill racers at this event as there are also downhill in-line skaters and street-luge racers.  Twenty spots had already been taken by priority riders, that being riders who have international ranking.  This meant that Wolf was competing for the remaining sixty spots.

Skateboarding for Beginners

Skateboarding is as diverse a sport as the athletes it attracts. Here's advice for beginners from a veteran skateboarding mom.


Tonight, my son Wolf gasped--a happy and surprised sort of sound, from the couch across from me as he checked his email. He closed the lid and bolted to the phone. I didn't listen--very much. I heard a lot of thank yous.
Then he dance, skipped, twirled into the living room. "That was the best phone call in my whole life." His eyes, his face, his 'I just scored big time' arm crunch. 'That was Landy and they have a new board for me, and I don't have to pay for it and they want me to come into the shop to talk about putting me up on the factory team page.'

Off to the Races

The Longboard race season is in full swing. As a mother to an extremely fast downhill longboarder, it is a season of excitement and worry. Racing has been something that I have been watching via Youtube. But now, I am packing my bags and heading to my first sanctioned gravity sport event, The Attack of Danger Bay in Pender Harbour, BC, Canada.

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