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February 16, 2012 10:05 AM   Subscribe

L.E.D. Surfer
William Hughes snowboards through darkness in a suit made with thousands of L.E.D. lights in a short film by Jacob Sutton.
posted by clearly (18 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Beautiful. Makes me wish this winter had actually included snow.
posted by meinvt at 10:08 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I could have used another hour of that. Awesome.
posted by d1rge at 10:11 AM on February 16, 2012


I think their server just hit a tree.
posted by CynicalKnight at 10:14 AM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


...Is the title a The Wallflowers reference.

(Also, this is great)
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 10:26 AM on February 16, 2012


Beautiful. The LEDs make the snowboarder pop off of the dark background like an early video game character, but the way he interacts with the snow and landscape can't be replicated (at least not perfectly) by CGI.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:29 AM on February 16, 2012


...Is the title a The Wallflowers reference.

Yea, I'm not sure why that lyric popped into my head.
posted by clearly at 10:29 AM on February 16, 2012


Since the lights don't cast very far...how does he see where he is going? (But how soothing to watch!)
posted by mittens at 10:30 AM on February 16, 2012


I think their server just hit a tree.

Google cache link
posted by clearly at 10:39 AM on February 16, 2012


Wow. Thanks for posting this!
posted by Dean358 at 11:22 AM on February 16, 2012


Hell, that's what it feels like to snowboard in deep powder, glowy suit or not. One of life's top ten, easily.

Still, cool.
posted by gottabefunky at 11:55 AM on February 16, 2012


Totally ripped off Little Monsters.
posted by LoudMusic at 12:00 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meanwhile, somewhere in Spain, a matador has just hurled his Suit of Lights into the corner of his dressing room while muttering whatever the Spanish is for "Oh f&$k it!!!"
posted by Mike D at 12:26 PM on February 16, 2012


Since the lights don't cast very far...how does he see where he is going?

A photographer could probably answer this better, but isn't this similar to seeing black/reflection when you look out of a brightly lit room into a dark one? In other words, in the video, we only see the suit and the light cast immediately around him because the surroundings are very dark in comparison. But from the rider's perspective, the relatively dim light being cast on the snow out ahead is still going to be visible enough to guide him. It's possible to ski/board at night with a torch (if you're good), and presumably the suit's going to cast more light ahead than a torch.
posted by Drexen at 12:28 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd like to purchase one of these suits for biking around town please.
posted by orme at 2:57 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd like to purchase one of these suits for biking around town please.

You might have to settle for revolights.
posted by clearly at 3:22 PM on February 16, 2012


imagines drexen skiiing down the mountain with a torch in one hand and a pitchfork in the other
posted by dibblda at 5:10 PM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


Needs more rodeo flips.
posted by Pecinpah at 5:11 PM on February 16, 2012


Gorgeous! Thanks for posting.
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 7:39 PM on February 16, 2012


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