Skateboarding Glides Into New Phase
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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