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This local biz uses longboards to build community

Burning Spider Stoke Company helps people of all ages get out and get stoked. It’s a niche community that is growing day-by-day, aided by its free, monthly longboard lessons.

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It’s time to rock ‘n roll.

Photo courtesy of Burning Spider Stoke Company

Fun comes in all sizes — small, medium, large, and longboard. That’s what Burning Spider Stoke Company believes.

The locally-owned West 39th Street skate shop hosts free longboard lessons every second Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., KCMO. Dubbed the “Stoke Clinic,” these get-togethers started in 2014 and have been drawing all ages ever sense.

“Our clinics teach people who have never stepped foot on a skateboard, to sponsored riders — ages 3 years old to 69,” owners Joe Burnham and Billy Angus said.

But what’s the difference between a longboard and a skateboard? Simply put, a longboard is longer. It’s modeled after a surfboard and also has bigger, softer wheels which makes riding smoother.

The next Stoke Clinic is Sunday, Aug.13. No registration is needed and all boards + safety gear are provided.

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