The board is small, sharply built, basically a plank of wood with wheels on it. The parts are loose and it’s been created for casual riding, lacking the mechanical precision needed to bomb down hills at close to 30 miles per hour. But a 14 year old Russell Phelan doesn’t know this. He begins pushing himself around on the top of his steep, 1/4 mile long driveway in Harvard MA, enjoying the feeling of freedom skating brings him, not yet with the understanding of skating physics to see this is not the type of board for downhill longboarding. Phelan looks at the plank beneath his feet, and looks at the steep long driveway before him. He knows how to ride, he knows how to steer, and he’s pretty sure he can stop.