Last month, Nicholas Kielback, a longboarder from Quebec, Canada set out on a journey and came all the way down to Manipur, India to explore the land of diversity and swing with the local longboarding and skateboarding communities after he discovered about the first-ever Downhill Competition taking place in India at Tanglei Festival Oinam, Manipur. He didn’t know a single soul here prior to his journey but he was totally sure of the incredible time that was ahead with the longboard crew, at least, and so he did but more than he ever expected and with a whole bunch of other people he met during his stay.
Nick not only enjoyed multiple longboarding sessions in and out of the town after claiming the title for the Downhill Competition at Tanglei Festival, Oinam but also made the most of his trip making friends with a ton of local people, trying out various Manipuri foods, learning to speak basic sentences in Manipuri like, “Have you eaten?” or “One tea, please!”, and most evidently, by supporting the local longboard crew, Longboard Crew India, Manipur with tree plantation initiatives and campaigns on harmful effects of using plastic bags and its recycling process through their initiative A Hundred Tree, an environment and sustainability promotional team based in Oinam. On Earth Day 2018, along with the team, he pushed across Imphal city to raise awareness on how badly the city needs bike and skateboards to cut down on the swiftly increasing pollution rate inside the city. How inspiring!
Nick has been an amazing friend to everyone whom he during his stay and a gem to the local longboarding family. He left for Guwahati from Imphal to continue with his exploration in the fall of April. We had an amazing time catching up with him. We wish him the best in his future endeavours. Big ups to Boris Nongthomba and his amazing longboard crew for making it happen.
Find out more about Nick and Longboard Crew India, Manipur by watching the brief conversation we had with him.
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Nicholas Kielback: https://www.facebook.com/Boardtravels
Longboard Crew India, Manipur: https://www.facebook.com/lcimanipur/
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