Longboard Records Are Meant to Be Broken

Helle sped the slope, pushed and doped. Her longboard grooves dug into powder-kissed snowbase. Down down down she sped, chasing a memory’s record.

“Hm,” said Riku, peering down from winter’s cloud. “Those be longboards.”

*WHOOSH* Helle still sailed. The stopwatch blinked 10 seconds.

“Oh,” said Riku, gripping at edge of sky. “She be a fast ‘un.”

Helle squinted against snow spray, wishing for goggles instead of scarves. She squatted, splashing a trail behind her.

“Oh. Oh!” exclaimed Riku. “She be my granddaughter!”

Sliding to a stop, Helle turned to check her time.

“13 seconds!” The clouds proudly quivered. “She beat me!”

Credit goes to Plumas County Ski Club.

©2020 Chelsea Owens

Did some research for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: longboards. According to a brief history written by the Plumas County Ski Club, the record time for running their 1804-foot track is 14 seconds.

April 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features long boards. They can be used in any way you imagine, including a name for sporting equipment. How are they used and who is using them? Go where the prompt leads!

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18 thoughts on “Longboard Records Are Meant to Be Broken

  1. Ian Kay May 5, 2020 / 2:42 am

    If someone had 1800 foot longboards, they could get it down to 1 second. 😀

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  2. H.R.R. Gorman May 5, 2020 / 3:54 am

    I wonder how people back in thd day felt about going back up the mountain for another 13 seconds of fun!

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  3. Jules May 5, 2020 / 9:40 am

    I only was on short skis once a s young person- I enjoyed your history as well.
    I like Riku being surprised and proud. 😀

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    • Chelsea Owens May 5, 2020 / 10:42 am

      I’ve only done shorter skis as well for downhill. Mostly, I can’t imagine returning to traditional dress and attempting the slope in a dress.

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  4. Charli Mills May 6, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    Oh, wow, Chelsea! Great research! And your flash is a blast, its fun matching its pacing down the mountainside. The characterization, one through action, the other through dialog is brilliant use of craft skills.

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  5. Norah May 7, 2020 / 4:05 am

    Love the speed and tension in your story, Chelsea. I appreciate your research too – interesting.

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