As a member of the Vernon longboarding community, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family of the young longboarder who passed away recently. Although I did not know him personally, we have a very tight community and I know I'm not the only one shaken up by this tragedy.
We take our safety very seriously and don't want to be perceived wrongly in the community. Longboarding is a growing sport and Vernon is a hot spot for people from all over Western Canada. It's a great way to be outside and be with friends.
I honestly hope this young man's death is not treated with prejudice and judgement. We are all thinking of the family and sending our prayers. It is my sincerest wish that we can work together with the community in creating a safer future for ourselves and others. But for now, our community is in mourning.