Speed Limit: Cars 30 - Skateboarders 40+
September 12, 2008 12:52 PM   Subscribe

Adam Kimmel shares a video of a couple of sane and sedate runs down Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, California. (The likely route.)
posted by maxwelton (38 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hint for all: it's about skateboards.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 1:00 PM on September 12, 2008


Awesome video. I know pat rizzo and he is the stuff of local legend for these runs. Here's another clip (YT quality, but in the fog). And yes, that is the route.

If you're ever in berkeley, drive up that way to grizzly peak. On a clear day, the views are unreal!
posted by whahappen?! at 1:13 PM on September 12, 2008


They must have filmed this while camping 'cause this shit is in-tents
posted by Damn That Television at 1:19 PM on September 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


Is that like Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel together in one awesomely funny dude?
posted by stevil at 1:25 PM on September 12, 2008


When I used to drive, shit like this used to piss me the hell off. It's beautiful up there, but you sure can't look around much if you're behind the wheel lest some damn adrenaline junky shove his broken body up your tailpipe.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 1:27 PM on September 12, 2008


I've seen Internet videos where cop cars hit deer crossing the road, and at least one video where a motorcycle hits a deer. I'm still waiting to see a video of a bicycle or skateboard hit a deer.

Driving from Seattle to Missoula a few days ago, I counted 4 dead dear, one animal I think was a dog, and one dead elk. Raccoons too numerous to mention. Can you imagine the force involved in hitting an elk?

Even hitting a raccoon or possum while on a skateboard would be catastrophic.

I used to ride down big hills on skateboards in the 1970's, but I was always carving, and kept my velocity low enough so that I could run off it if need be. It was fun enough for me...
posted by Tube at 1:35 PM on September 12, 2008


Note to myself: Make sure Dave Faris vets all future posts.
posted by maxwelton at 1:47 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hint for all : this has been linked on just about every other blog in the universe.

Hint for Dave Faris: Not everyone reads every other blog in the universe. Or even any blogs at all really except maybe for this one - and this is less and less of a blog and more and more of a link-and-comment feed. This is the first time I saw the linked content, your mom makes beeping noises when she backs up and your face scares goats, etc, etc. In short - STFU.


Also, that video is rad. Rad I say. I like saying "rad" about rad things, like this video. Rad.
posted by loquacious at 1:49 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


I've driven and ridden my bike up and down that many times when I was living near there. That was completely nuts! Hopefully those were kevlar suits....
posted by pmbuko at 1:52 PM on September 12, 2008


Rad is right! But man, I quit doing stuff like this when I was around 13 and my knees, hands and elbows are STILL covered with lumpy scars! AWESOME!!!421!!
posted by snsranch at 1:57 PM on September 12, 2008


Man, I wish I were back in Berkeley. I feel dizzy now, damn chantix.
posted by parmanparman at 2:00 PM on September 12, 2008


http://www.metafilter.com/74839/Speed-Limit-Cars-30-Skateboarders-40#2255365, http://www.metafilter.com/74839/Speed-Limit-Cars-30-Skateboarders-40#2255350
You darn hot footers get off the road. Menace to society.
posted by pianomover at 2:03 PM on September 12, 2008


I don't know how to link to a comment dammit.
posted by pianomover at 2:03 PM on September 12, 2008


I don't know how to link to a comment dammit.

You just copy the URL that's embedded in the time stamp next to the person's name.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:26 PM on September 12, 2008


Please post the blooper reel.

"Fuckin' Quintana... that creep can roll, man." The Dude.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:28 PM on September 12, 2008


that is so completely irresponsible. amazingly irresponsible. i'd hate to be the driver who hits the asshole carving across the yellow line.

dip shits.
posted by msconduct at 2:34 PM on September 12, 2008


Not everyone reads every other blog in the universe. Or even any blogs at all really except maybe for this one

You guys need to broaden your horizons.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:38 PM on September 12, 2008


http://www.metafilter.com/user/59453 like this?
posted by pianomover at 2:45 PM on September 12, 2008


No help
posted by pianomover at 2:46 PM on September 12, 2008


Oh my god this is awesome! I wish i had grown up somewhere that had both elevation and pavement.
posted by schyler523 at 2:53 PM on September 12, 2008


You guys need to broaden your horizons.

I, for instance, read many blogs. Some are about sports. Some, my friends' blogs. Other, about politics. MetaFilter too, of course. This was the first place I've seen this. And it's awesome.

Comments about how a post has been posted elsewhere are useless. Everyone reads different shit on the internet. You are super great for reading lots of blogs. Great.
posted by ORthey at 2:59 PM on September 12, 2008


You guys need to broaden your horizons.

Sorry, I have a life in meatspace that involves being away from the computer. Sometimes it involves actually doing real things - like skateboarding.

Anyway, my horizons are so broad it's like I'm standing on Jupiter. What's your excuse?
posted by loquacious at 3:07 PM on September 12, 2008


Yikes! But the suit jackets were a classy touch - nothing like a well dressed gent on a skateboard, I always say.

This reminded me of a delightful argument I once eavesdropped on at a bus stop here in San Francisco. Two high school lads with skateboards and monthly transit passes were debating which bus routes were the best "ski lifts" - quality of hill versus frequency of bus service made for a good deal of earnest discussion.
posted by Quietgal at 3:12 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Intense. I want to see how they filmed it.
posted by letitrain at 3:18 PM on September 12, 2008


Intense. I want to see how they filmed it.

They filmed it with a HD handheld while on the skateboards. Watch it again with the volume up, and watch for the camera hand offs. They're taking turns filming each other and passing the camera back and forth between them while doing 40+ MPH on the skateboard.

That's not the part that freaks me out. The part that freaks me out is when they carve past the shoulder line right up against the rocks. "OMG PEBBLES WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU FUCKING FREAK YOU'RE GOING TO FACEPLANT OFF AN INSTANT-STOP ROCK."

That and the manhole covers and road cracks. Those are some nice fat wheels.
posted by loquacious at 3:24 PM on September 12, 2008


Beautiful. I was on that road a couple days ago, and it smells so good right now. What a lovely thing to do. Too bad roads are so much harder than snow.
posted by oneirodynia at 3:35 PM on September 12, 2008


That's nuts. Great footage, and really pretty smooth for handheld. I like the blue tuxedos, it give a real weirdo feel.
posted by doctor_negative at 3:35 PM on September 12, 2008


loquacious: I was thinking the same thing about the wheels when he was cruising the sidewalk, then grass and down a curb without a hitch. (Must get big fat wheels!)
posted by snsranch at 4:24 PM on September 12, 2008


I just rode that route on my bike, and bombing it is fun. That said, wtf is up with posting videos that you can't fast forward? I shut it off when they got in the pickup truck and started bullshitting.
posted by zekinskia at 4:55 PM on September 12, 2008


I'd say this is one of the rare things that warrants a "rad."
posted by cmoj at 4:58 PM on September 12, 2008


Holy shit.
posted by ruddhist at 5:23 PM on September 12, 2008


that is so completely irresponsible. amazingly irresponsible. i'd hate to be the driver who hits the asshole carving across the yellow line.

I just wonder what happens when one of those guys who goes on high-speed canyon drives in his BMW meets up with one of these skater guys; if it happened, and the world lost a skater as a result, would you assume the BMW crossed the yellow line, or the skater? And would it even matter to a judge, who (I assume) would fault the skater without hesitation, for doing something so reckless?

off my lawn and all that
posted by davejay at 5:26 PM on September 12, 2008


Please post the blooper reel.

Here's a few longboard bloopers, when things don't go so smooth.
I think the guys in the video ride for Sector 9. There are guys on longboards with full face helmets and motorcycle crash suits that reach speeds well over 100km per hour. I want to go skating badly.
posted by phirleh at 7:50 PM on September 12, 2008


thats nothing... a couple of miles from their is a REALLY steep hill called Hiller... I knew a guy in 1979 was clocked on radar on his skateboard going 58 mph. Strangely, he also skated off of Halfdome (with parachute) for a promotion. (back before it was highly illegal) I believe the promotion was for an unbreakable skateboard...
posted by jcworth at 8:12 PM on September 12, 2008


windblast mustache! fantastic.
posted by hortense at 8:25 PM on September 12, 2008


I know this is insane and dangerous, but I can't help but feel that I am not as impressed because I have seen the Jean Yves Blondeau video of him going 100km down a Swiss pass in a wheeled body suit.
posted by cotterpin at 12:46 AM on September 13, 2008


You know that scene in The Matrix where Neo and Trinity are on top of the elevator full of explosives, they grab hold of the line and then shoot the counterweight loose because the rules don't apply to them? This is like that, only with helmets.

It's really astonishing watching them hand stuff back and forth as casually as if they were stationary.
posted by odinsdream at 10:44 AM on September 13, 2008


This is both awesome and idiotic. Hey, they're young, it goes together. It also makes me miss California a lot.

The overall effect reminds me a lot of Rendezvous, except Lelouch didn't have the temptation of being able to record multiple runs and edit them - which made for a stronger film, IMHO.
posted by egypturnash at 2:23 PM on September 13, 2008


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