“Ting! Stoked!” With these words, 31-year-old OR nurse Ben Fumera describes his longboard “calling” from four years ago. Initially a pinch-hit for the dearth of surfing waves in the city, longboarding evolved into a mode of transportation to a passion and way of life.
“My transition [from surfing] is longboarding-pang-alis-badtrip ‘pag nasa cuidad,” he says (a stress-reliever from the tensions that city-living entails). He recounts the initial feels to be as carving the asphalt ocean that suits his Classic Longboarding style until he eventually boned up on dancing/freestyle because,unfortunately, in a developing nation such as the Philippines, it is rare for a passion to pay the rent. Hence, Ben’s move to Manila and, nearly two years ago, to Doha.
In Global City, Philippines where Ben has resided and worked as a nurse prior to his move to Hamad General Hospital in Qatar, he has longboarded for transportation to save and exercise through his game. “[It is] also for regular exercising, cardio work ups” he shares, “lalo ‘pag (especially if) long push. And for me, longboarding is a lifestyle with a technique and discipline, like any other sport.”
Ben salutes all longboarders. “Their styles and characters make the group (DLC) supercool. What gets me going the most is that everyone’s stoked, however they do it, whatever their styles may be, as long as you’re happy, you’re doin’ it right.” He cheerfully ends his note,