How do you stop a longboard at 70kph? Like this

Skateboards lack something other wheeled objects have: brakes. But there’s other ways to slow down.
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By Daniel Sampiero

It's not an Olympic sport (yet), but downhill longboarding is like taking the street luge to another level (as in, standing). You've probably seen this video of car-dodging, bike-chasing skaters bombing a hill in the Alps, but it may have left you wondering: how the hell do they slow down?!

The answer: with highly-controlled, pavement-grating, teeth-chattering power slides. Need a demonstration? Just watch the POV video above to get an on-the-board experience of bombing down 1,000 vertical metres of mountain road.

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