Skateboarding gives us all a sense of freedom, a chance to let go of our everyday life and clear the mind and express ourselves in our own form. While in the moment, not much else is thought about. Totally engrossing our attention while enjoying the ride. However when we are not on our boards, the skateboarder's mind wanders. Thoughts of the next trick to learn or the next epic decent down a winding hill constantly flow through our minds. For many skaters, seeking out new terrain and learning how to skate it is what drives them. Searching out new terrain can turn addictive - once a person becomes addicted to longboarding the signs appear. The constant head turn looking up side streets, scoping out landscapes and searching Google earth are all symptoms of downhill addiction. For longboarders we don't have purpose built facilities yet. What we choose to shred depends upon what we find or choose to ride. The need for a wider variety of hills and more challenging terrain becomes vital for continued personal progression. To fulfill our cravings and further improve our skills it is helpful to have access to a variety of hills or spots. To search and seek out new hills is one of the greatest things in downhill skateboarding. The fact that it is there is still so much out there, unlike surfing for example where all the good spots are known or the well-known city skateparks that are loaded with scooters. We still have the opportunity to search and find un ridden and unknown hills or spots. Getting amongst nature and in beautiful surroundings shredding new-found or seldom skated hills with mates is something I live for. Finding a new double hairpin to session just across town is also another truly stoking and satisfying moment. Next time you feel a bit like a change, jump on Google maps, fill the car with fuel and mates, or jump on the bus, grab your buddies load up the skateboards and go search. What you might find and the memories you will retain forever are all determined by your passion and dedication to your search. discovery Ben Hay rides on a Glyde, is part of the Hopkin Racing Team and when he is not climbing to the top of podiums, he is commonly found fishing off the coast and practicing his tuck on top of an esky.