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Agoura Hills man dies after riding ‘Dirtsurfer’ down steep residential street into parked car

A man rides a Dirtsurfer inline board.
A man rides a Dirtsurfer inline board.
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An Agoura Hills man died earlier today after losing control of his “Dirtsurfer” board on a steep residential street and slamming into a parked car, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard told reporters that 29-year-old Christopher Schwartz was riding the board downhill on the 6000 block of Lake Lindero Drive a little after noon today when he lost control and struck the car at high speed.

Schwartz was not wearing a helmet. He suffered head and neck injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Wiard said.

Contrary to reports, dirtsurfing -- more properly known as “inline boarding” -- is not strictly skateboarding. The relatively new sport uses a specialized two-wheeled board developed by Dirtsurfer International, an Australian company. The boards feature BMX-style bicycle wheels and are made to simulate snowboarding without the snow: