Longboarder going coast to coast for prostate cancer fundraiser

James Osmond struggles with coastal weather on first leg of trans-Canadian tour

James Osmond is heading across Canada on a long board to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

James Osmond is heading across Canada on a long board to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

As Northern B.C. wraps up  Bike-to-Work-Week, James Osmond is dealing with a much larger agenda, what you could call Longboard-across-Canada Summer.

He’s 22 days into his 9,020 kilometre west coast to east coast trip to raise money for his nonprofit initiative called The Big Push with all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.

It’s Osmond’s first time venturing west of Ontario, and he’s inspired by the memory of his grandfather who died from prostate cancer a few years ago.

Osmond rolled into Terrace on May 24 after finishing a three-day leg from Prince Rupert, rain clouds on his heels.

“The weather was horrible that one day,” he recalled. “I only got 40 kilometres. I had to camp out at a rest stop.”

He is directing those he meets along the way to the Big Push website, which can be found with a simple google search, to make their donations. He originally planned a four month trip but says that it’s already looking like it will be four and a half.

He aims to finish his journey in Cape Spear Newfoundland and says that as far as he can tell it would be the first time someone has long-boarded all the way across Canada, though says there are two other boarders attempting the feat this summer.