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Steve Dykes for The New York Times

Longboarders racing downhill at the Maryhill Festival of Speed in Goldendale, Wash., on July 4.

By MATT HIGGINS
Published: July 20, 2010 
 
GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Here in the high desert east of the Cascades, where towering windmills quietly whir overhead, skaters hurtle downhill along a ribbon of blacktop six at a time wearing helmets and motorcycle leathers, hay bales stacked along switchbacks for the inevitable wipeouts.

But in the garment district in Manhattan, it’s a slightly tamer story. One day in spring, Todd Brunengraber stepped from his office on West 39th Street. Hearing a distinct hum from newly repaved Seventh Avenue, he turned and watched a commuter on a supersize skateboard whiz by.

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