Ode to Longboarding


By Landen Osborn Stromsoe

I grab my board

Drop it on the ground

I give a push

I’m on my way down

Going down a hill

Collecting speed

I feel the grip lock in my feet

My grip is like sandpaper, it’s the most reliable

I give a kick

I hear a sound

That’s my wheels sliding on the ground

With wheels smooth as stone

And a rock-hard deck

Nothing could go wrong, that’s what I expect

I turn around

As you know it

I’m laying on the ground

Landen Osborn Stromsoe is an avid young skateboarder from Thousand Oaks, Calif. He has spent his summers here in Edgartown with his grandparents, JoAnn Osborn Bettencourt and Louis Broccoli.