The “Death Road.” Hmm. That sounds sort of bad. Almost dangerous. I know, let’s get a bunch of leftover Vikings together and longboard down it!
Historically, young men have always had problems with hills. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is. A slight incline just makes them antsy. They keep trying to hurl themselves down them for one reason or another, and people keep trying to make videos out of it. It doesn’t really matter if the hill is covered with snow or pavement or grass or whatever. We’re heading down it as fast as we can manage.
No need to reinvent the wheel with incline videos, either. Gather up the young men and insert them in a van to get them all riled up. Play some brostep, or dubwop, or whatever, because they’re into that sort of thing. Then loose them on the countryside. Every once in a while flash a couple frames that show they’ve at least met a girl, and then boom: a Dolomites longboard video.
Then shortly afterward a blog post is made by some loser guy at a desk.
Well, it’s a great compilaton of longboarding video they’ve cobbled together. At the 1:45 mark, they’re longboarding through flames, which is usually what everyone wishes would happen to skateboarders. Longboarders shouldn’t get lumped in with annoying sidewalk surfers, though. They’re a chill bunch, and don’t often overturn random baby strollers while missing on an ill-advised ollie outside the 7-11. They just hit a pebble while going 45 MPH and end up in a drainage ditch covered with road rash. If you roll up your windows as you pass the crash site, you can’t even hear them moaning, so what’s the harm?
Those boys are rollin, I tell you what.
They’re on the wrong side of the road, which is the right side of the road in New Zealand. There really is no right side of the road when you’re standing on a cutting board with a couple of roller skates screwed to the bottom of it. The most interesting thing about the video is that there’s a bunch of guys doing it at the same time. Therein lies a point