Charleson earns junior longboard world title

North Vancouver's Alex Charleson was crowned the world junior longboarding champion for 2015 after putting together a stellar season on the International Downhill Federation longboard racing circuit.

In six IDF junior races Charleson finished fifth five times and second once, scoring 5,611 total points to run away with the overall title. Canada's Leo Sartor was second with 5,169 points while Edward Kiefer of the United States was third with 5,143.

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Charleson, a Grade 12 student at Carson Graham, also raced in the men's open division and showed well, placing 11th overall for the season.

Charleson also scored big victories in non-IDF races, winning the junior division and finishing second in the open men's division of the Britannia Classic held just up the Sea to Sky Highway in May. In September Charleson won the Santa Gnarbara race in California, his first victory in a major open men's event.

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