Finding Tatum’s Purpose: Riding a Longboard

By Tatum Sorrelman


GCU’s campus is walkable, but not all students choose to get around on two feet. Why walk when you can ride?

During a busy school week, you’ll pass by students getting around campus on bikes, scooters, skateboards and, of course, longboards. As a college student, I wanted to experience longboarding on campus before I graduated because it looks fun, and I’m always up for trying something new.

That’s why I made the promise last summer to learn how to ride, and my little brother taught me. The longboarding learning lesson was a fun and interesting experience. I was ready to show off my skills on campus by fall.

I debuted my longboarding skills on a typical route to class. The route was more difficult to ride than I thought, but I saw it as a challenge. Unlike when you walk, cracks in the street and gravel quickly become transportation hazards. That’s why you have to focus on your path and be aware of rocks and cracks when you cruise around. Another tip I can offer longboarding newbies is: look out for cars and pedestrians.

Aside from paying attention to your surroundings, riding a longboard is pretty simple! Just make sure to practice in your spare time so that you can really get the hang of it and ride safely. When I was first learning how to ride a longboard, keeping my balance was difficult. But as I practiced, balancing became easier and easier until I was riding around—almost like a pro.

Riding my longboard to class was a great experience. I felt the wind on my face and I got to my destination more quickly than I would have on foot. But more than anything, longboarding is just fun. It’s like a thrilling adventure through campus anytime you go somewhere.

Watch the video here:

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