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World's Largest Skateboard Disaster
July 8, 2010 10:29 PM   Subscribe

World's Largest Skateboard Disaster

- Photos.
- More on the skateboard.
- Official website (still under development as of this posting)
- MTV show "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory" episode featuring the giant board.
posted by Burhanistan (42 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I expected more disastrous.
posted by DZack at 10:37 PM on July 8, 2010 [15 favorites]


Thank you Rob Dyrdek. I was one of first skate campers at Woodward back in the 90's. This video just took me back to all the great times I had back there.
posted by trbrts at 10:38 PM on July 8, 2010


yes!!! awesome!!!
posted by threetoed at 10:41 PM on July 8, 2010


I just picture a bunch of man-child dumbasses sitting around in a puddle of spilled bongwater thinking, "Dudes, we're not wasting enough time or energy. LET'S KICK IT UP A NOTCH."
posted by codswallop at 10:44 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


> I just picture a bunch of man-child dumbasses sitting around in a puddle of spilled bongwater

I'm not much of a fan of skateboarding culture, but that's a hugely unfair and incorrect characterization of these guys. They are thrillseekers, and perhaps have a juvenile streak. But they are also designers of really neat skate parks and promote an active outdoor lifestyle.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:47 PM on July 8, 2010 [12 favorites]


where's johnny knoxville?
posted by RockyChrysler at 10:47 PM on July 8, 2010


But they are also designers of really neat skate parks and promote an active outdoor lifestyle.

And they can probably manage a water pipe without undue spillage.
posted by b1tr0t at 10:54 PM on July 8, 2010 [12 favorites]


Well, he did almost get run over by one of the wheels.
posted by zsazsa at 11:21 PM on July 8, 2010


Huh. I thought the world's largest skateboarding disaster was Bam Margera.

Nevertheless, cool giant skateboard and bonus points for the theme song.
posted by darkstar at 11:22 PM on July 8, 2010 [7 favorites]


You kids get off that lawn!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:22 PM on July 8, 2010


Gravity? That thing needs a 400 big block, with a throttle the riders on top can't reach. Now that would be hard core.
posted by i_have_a_computer at 11:22 PM on July 8, 2010


World's most disturbing skateboard disaster (Seriously, people, trigger warning)
World's least disturbing skateboard disaster
posted by The Confessor at 11:48 PM on July 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


I just picture a bunch of man-child dumbasses sitting around in a puddle of spilled bongwater thinking, "Dudes, we're not wasting enough time or energy. LET'S KICK IT UP A NOTCH."

Woodward is a skateboard and general gravity sport camp for pros and kids, sometimes at the same time. It's a pretty fantastic thing. They're very active in the community and do a lot of charity work. From everything I've seen and read about them they inherently have to run a clean ship. Not just for the kids - but because they need to get stuff done.

Also, not all skaters smoke weed. A lot of the skaters I know are some of the most balanced, clean living people I've ever met. Sure, many will drink beer and smoke a doob while they skate, but you have to eat well and take really good care of your body to become proficient because skating vert and and pools - and skateboarding in general - requires a lot more work and precisely controlled physical effort than it looks like. It's exactly like ballet. Done right it looks graceful, easy and effortless but to get to that point requires peak physical condition and a great deal of practice.

Seriously, skating vert is one of the most physical, strenuous activities I've ever engaged in. It's harder than surfing, skiing, snowboarding. 30 minutes of solid skating in a bowl or park is about the equivalent of two hours on a brisk bike ride. The closest thing I can think of that's as hard or harder is probably trampolining, gymnastics or rock climbing. And you're exerting all of this effort while trying to balance and work the flow lines of the pool or park. There's no real "ok, I can just kick back for this part" in skating like there is for biking or skiing. The brainpower required to is intense, it's a lot of spatial reasoning and calculations against gravity and a bunch of hard concrete that wants to maim you or kill you.

Anyway. Does Woodward deserve a ridiculously giant skateboard just for the hell of it? Fuck yeah they do. Woodward kicks ass.
posted by loquacious at 12:01 AM on July 9, 2010 [18 favorites]


I thought it was grand.
posted by clockzero at 12:34 AM on July 9, 2010


Grand indeed. Disastrous, not so much.
posted by dersins at 12:37 AM on July 9, 2010


This gives me a great idea for rebooting the Godzilla franchise. Someone build a tiny papier-mache skatepark, stat!
posted by No-sword at 12:39 AM on July 9, 2010


World's most disturbing skateboard disaster.

Not even remotely close, but I love the part where the kid goes "Ahhhgh I'm fuckin' bleeding!" and 5 kids stand up and immediately whip out digital cameras.
posted by loquacious at 12:52 AM on July 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


You know, that was just about what I was expecting.
posted by gc at 1:01 AM on July 9, 2010


The Bones Brigade could have used that in their search for Animal Chin.
posted by shoepal at 1:24 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


That poser couldn't even ollie.
posted by dirtdirt at 1:35 AM on July 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Isn't this a bit of a rip off of the opening scenes of Jackass: The Movie?
posted by MuffinMan at 1:47 AM on July 9, 2010


The Bones Brigade could have used that in their search for Animal Chin.

I was waiting for this reference. Animal Chin is apparently alive and... well, apparently he's alive.

A friend of mine called me up a few years ago. It went something like this:

"DUDE I FOUND ANIMAL CHIN."
"Wait, what?"
"SERIOUSLY. I'M STANDING RIGHT BEHIND HIM."
"Where the fuck are you? Are you high?"
"WE'RE AT A SOUP KITCHEN IN SF GETTING SOOOOUUUUP."
"..."
"SOOOOOUUUUP."
"Did you tell him there's a bunch of people looking for him? What the fuck is he doing at a soup kitchen?"
"SOOOOUUUP."

No, it didn't make any sense at the time, either.
posted by loquacious at 2:18 AM on July 9, 2010 [9 favorites]


LOL white people.
posted by bardic at 3:05 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


There was much less disaster and much more skateboard than I was expecting based on the description.
posted by mmoncur at 3:59 AM on July 9, 2010


There was much less disaster and much more skateboard than I was expecting based on the description.

How so? As the post title indicates, it's the world's largest skateboard. Surely there ain't no bigger one out there. And a wipeout like that, well, heck, that kinda qualifies as a disaster. I guess.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:24 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Woodward is so cool. A good friend of mine coaches there every summer and he loves it.
posted by photoslob at 4:51 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


LOL white people

What an edgy yet constructive observation about race that you have contributed to this thread! Do you post something along these lines in every thread where you see white people in a video?

If you think skateboarding is something that appeals only to white people, you clearly have never been within 100 yards of a skatepark, watched a skate video, been to a skateshop, or hung out with a group of skateboarders. I'd argue skateboarding is more diverse than most sports - especially it's sister sports like surfing and snowboarding.
posted by windbox at 5:02 AM on July 9, 2010


LOL uptight defensive skater people

Just chill, folks. It's a funny video.
posted by fungible at 5:25 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


SOOOOOUUUUP.
posted by steef at 5:36 AM on July 9, 2010


People have been imbibing a bit too much of the skater-ade.
posted by pracowity at 5:44 AM on July 9, 2010


A country's least favourite politician has a skateboard disaster.

Dutch prime-minister Jan Peter Balkenende went a bit too populist, and got punished immediately.
posted by ijsbrand at 6:25 AM on July 9, 2010


I find the music choice bewildering, yet fabulous.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:58 AM on July 9, 2010


I'd love to see the build process.
posted by machaus at 7:58 AM on July 9, 2010


Wow, he was lucky he wasn't hurt. He bailed way too near the middle of the board and the back wheel almost got him.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 8:00 AM on July 9, 2010


This is great.
posted by Mister_A at 8:20 AM on July 9, 2010


I wish they'd made a longboard--a much cusher ride.
posted by everichon at 8:36 AM on July 9, 2010


The first thought that comes to mind is DUMB.

Then ... a memory. Maybe 18 years old, drunk at night at a ski resort in southern BC. Me and a couple of friends discover some inner-tubes at the foot of a rather steep ski run. So we drag them way up (maybe two hundred yards), take a thrill ride down. Cool. Take another one. Cooler, because we're clearing the fresh snow as we go, polishing things down to a layer of what's effectively ice. Third or fourth run down, we get maybe a quarter way down and something is terribly WRONG. We're going WAY too fast. The small hump that was a woo-hoo! thrill the first few times is suddenly a f***ing launch pad. This, combined with the inherent bounce of the innertubes' rubber sends all three of us flying, screaming, landing hard, bouncing, rolling, CRASHING hard back to earth. No broken bones but all kinds of nasty bruises.

And the moral of the story is ... stupid shit makes for vivid memories. Or something like that.
posted by philip-random at 8:42 AM on July 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


Huh. I thought the world's largest skateboarding disaster was Bam Margera.

Going to have to say Mark "Gator" Rogowski tops him, but give Bam some time (and drugs, and religion).

A country's least favourite politician has a skateboard disaster.

Apparently that became a running thing where a Dutch TV show tries to get other politicians to try and best his run.
posted by Challahtronix at 9:39 AM on July 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Man, that looks like fun.
posted by madajb at 9:47 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of surprised it didn't end with a collision between a giant rail and a specially-built pair of giant testicles.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:28 AM on July 9, 2010


World's Smallest Large Skateboard Disaster?
posted by doobiedoo at 12:01 PM on July 9, 2010


This was actually a prop that I used during my 1990s "hip" re-imagining of Paul Bunyan. He had a backwards baseball cap and Babe the blue ox kept beatboxing. The best review we got for the pilot still called it "Fucking terrible."
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 12:54 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


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