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By Renee Nordstrand on February 1, 2010

A fourteen-year-old Huntington Beach boy has reached a settlement with the city of Huntington Beach following injuries he sustained in a waveboard crash on a city alleyway in 2008, the Orange County Register reports.

Waveboards, which are similar to skateboards, allow riders to feel as though they are surfing or snowboarding because the rider must swivel backwards and forwards in an “S” shape in order to move.  The boy, Douglas Young, fell while riding a waveboard in a City alleyway that was undergoing construction. Young suffered two broken bones in the fall.

Young’s attorney, Eric Traut, alleged that the City was liable because the alley had large potholes and loose, dangerous debris that posed a threat to Young and other children in the area that frequently used the alleyway for outdoor activities such as waveboarding or skateboarding.

City attorney Jennifer McGrath denied liability, citing the fact that Young was using a challenging type of board in which falling is an expected result.

Young was awarded a $30,000 settlement.

If you have been injured while waveboarding, skateboarding, biking, or even walking due to dangerous property conditions, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn about your legal options and rights.