The practice of downhill longboarding appears to be as spectacular... as it is exclusive. And for good reason: it "does not exist", according to the law. Faced with this paradoxical situation, longboarders must invent both the practice and the space to practice in. Longboarding is thus an original case, which makes it possible to question the consumption and appropriation of public space.
We spent two years carrying out an ethnographic and videographic study with a group of longboarders from New Aquitaine (France), to study this issue. With them, we learned to longboard, while observing and participating in the evolution of this small tribe that explored and discovered space and organized itself to have appropriate spaces. Participation in national events in Normandy, Brittany, the Alps and the Pyrenees has also given us a better understanding of the spatial issues and culture of the downhill longboard community.