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Lodi women embrace the longboard, and prove skateboarding is not just a boys’ sport

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 8:28 am

Annie Thomas’ Rainbow flip-flops are planted sideways on the grip tape of her blue Sector 9 longboard. With knees slightly bent and her long brown hair blowing behind her, she sways across the brick sidewalk, zooming past Downtown Lodi storefronts.

A surfer and former waterpolo player, Thomas has fallen in love with laid-back longboarding culture that is reminiscent of surfer beach cities, but has made its way inland to cities like Lodi. She’s in it for the sport, but she also loves how it makes her feel.

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