Longboard dance: Moves, music, risk elevate a skating hybrid

This combination of photos shows Hannah Dooling posing with her longboard outside Daddies Board Shop in Portland, Ore., in December 2021, left, and Yun Huang posing with her longboard in Santa Monica on Aug. 31, 2022. Longboard dancing is still in its infancy. But fans say the skate/dance hybrid has already spread in southern California, Paris, Seoul and other places with public squares or wide, open sidewalks. (Devon Hubner, via AP, left, and Laura Paragano via AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — This winter’s been a hard one in Southern California. Highways flood and the rain keeps coming. Pedestrians pick their way across fallen cypress trees, around puddles on sidewalks roped off with caution tape. Between fire, flood, and drought, sometimes it feels like the end of the world.