Long Treks on Skate Decks: Longboarding Around South America

Bolivia Peru
by Candice Walsh Jun 23, 2010

Photo courtesy of Long Treks on Skate Decks

In 2009, Long Treks on Skate Decks made their 2400 km journey through South America by longboard, from Peru to Bolivia. They won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

PAUL KENT, AARON ENEVOLDSEN, AND ADAM COLTON are three 20-somethings testing their physical limits in some pretty diverse landscapes. Meet Long Treks on Skate Decks, the skater team armed with longboards and backed by a small support crew.

While they’ve already skated their way around Peru and Bolivia, fighting off obstacles like hunger, dehydration, and altitude sickness, they also recently completed a 2500 km trip through Morocco.

Longboarding is like a form of modified skateboarding, appropriate for rough terrains which require a smoother ride. The guys are no novices to the sport: Enevoldsen has been longboarding for 18 months, while Kent holds the world record for the 24-hour Ultra Skate (403 km in 24 hours), and Colton is a known globally for his freestyle longboarding.

When I first saw their trailer for the South American trek, I was instantly hooked on their total enthusiasm and love for what they’re doing. You can’t help but grin at their antics.

Then there are the blog posts of sticky situations and memorable moments along the way:

After waking, we are approached by the family. They offer us breakfast but we tell them we are content with what we have. I eat my carrots and pears I purchased from the grocery store the night before. We practice acrobatics with the oldest son as the rest of the family lets out the cows from behind the solid gates. The cows are milk cows for the company Gloria, the most popular brand of dairy products (and juice) in all of Peru. We leave to skate the rest of the way to Puno, the family thinks we are once again crazy but we insist.

Those little details really shape the trip.

Even while chatting with Paul Kent via e-mail, I get the feeling that the trio are some of the most down-to-earth, honest athletes who have found a way to do what they love. We could all use more passion like theirs.

Check out their trailer of highlights from their South American journey, including navigating intensely sharp turns, interaction with the locals, and yes, even some shots of the boys on their longboards wearing only underwear.

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Stay tuned for more footage from the guys’ journey across Morocco!

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