• Jul 23, 2010
Longboarding at 56+ mph – Click above to watch video after the jump

There's crazy, and then there's this level of all-out insanity. A group of longboarders in New Zealand have taken to hopping onto the local highway and coasting down a sizable hill while overtaking local traffic. The speed limit? A heady 56 mph. Police first became aware of the daredevils via a video posted on YouTube. Apparently Canadian Andrew Chapman first posted the quick film on Facebook. From there, it didn't take long for the exploits to make their way to the rest of the internet – and the law.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the boarders cover about 1.5 miles of State Highway 1 before pulling off the roadway and coming to a stop. If that's not bat guano enough for you, one of the characters in the video is clearly seen riding barefoot. Interestingly enough, the crew isn't forbidden from using their boards on the road. Since it changes from a motorway to an expressway at the top of the hills, though, law enforcement could technically charge the longboarders with failing to keep left or reckless driving. Hit the jump to see the video.

[Source: The Daily Telegraph]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      That annoying ticking sound throughout the video tells me they're using an original GoPro.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hood ornament wannabes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darwin? Darwin is if you do stupid crap and you hurt yourself. This is balls of steel. How the bumblebee to they get up to that speed on a glorified skateboard?
      spencer shawn
      • 11 Months Ago
      That is just crazy. I hope they all stay safe. I wish that they'd just stop going down the highway. There's just a few times you can go before one of them gets seriously injured. Spencer | http://cartridgeworld.com/Midvale-UT/84047-0050/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wtf at the chubby dude with no shoes on..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are these specially purposed skateboards? The technology to keep these boards stable and intact at these speeds is impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those look like longboards, but lower to the ground than most others I've seen.

        Similar: http://vimeo.com/1654340
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, this video of the two guys in California was 10 times better than the Kiwi one. Surprisingly well shot too, how they managed that camera work is almost as impressive as their skating.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you go to landyachtz.com you'll see the boards they are using. They're lowered for stability and some of the trucks have floating axles and collared bearings so the wheels will keep turning if the bearings sieze.
      johnotronic3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the great videos. I used to spend all my weekends longboarding but I've never gone that fast. Now I work at a design firm called Petersen West is a Brand Consulting and Graphic Design firm. They believe in creating efficient sustainable solutions for your Brand and Marketing Strategy. They do both print material and web design. Petersen West services Salt lake City, Utah Valley, American Fork, Orem, and Provo. http://www.petersenwest.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Failure to keep left? Looks like they did a pretty good job to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Positively Darwinian.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait... the only thing they are doing that is illegal is "failure to stay left" or "reckless driving"? I can't believe it's legal to be on a roadway on those, let alone at those speeds...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do not need to have insurance or a license to ride a bicycle on a New Zealand road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As crazy as it sounds, the long boards are probably considered "vehicles", much like a bicycle is. Therefore, they are subject to the same laws as any vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that's the case, they should have licensing and insurance requirements for these, as well. It's not just their own bodies and boards that are in danger here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And people tell me that doing stunts on my motorcycle is crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you doing them on public roads? If the answer is yes, doing stunts on your motorcycle is crazy. It's a binary thing... just because the longboarders are also crazy doesn't make your actions any less so. Do your stunting on a track or an empty parking lot. There's much less collateral damage that way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The barefoot guy is crazy, but the camera man is not, hes got full leathers and a helmet on.

      Still damn fast, i can only go 30ish on my Never Summer Longboard. Its to flexy for real speed, you need a stiffffff board for this kind of bombing.
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