Portland Community College’s LONGBOARDING 101 mashes up surfing and skateboarding on wheeled boards at least three feet long.
Meet the Professor
Robin McGuirk, a pro skater with 25 years’ experience who owns Portland’s Eastside Longboards, has steered this class since last spring.
McGuirk’s classes cover everything from how to stand correctly on plus-size slabs to bombing down Portland’s steepest hills safely. A longboard’s sizable deck and soft wheels allow riders to achieve speeds up to 35 miles per hour. So even if you play a lot of hooky, best to attend the lecture on braking.
McGuirk says classes are not limited to the self-consciously gnarly. His past protégés include mild-mannered college kids who want to navigate campus and middle-aged women seeking a new commute strategy. Call it the cultural sweet spot between fixed-gear bikes and Segways.
When Summer term begins July 20 and runs through Aug 24; students may register after classes start. See pcc.edu
Where Mt Tabor Park
Time Commitment Six weekly sessions
How Much $60