Extreme longboard freeride down a mountain road


83 Responses to “Extreme longboard freeride down a mountain road”

  1. franko says:


  2. Christopher Chaney says:

    Great vid, but for the love of skin grafts wear something besides a bikini top and shorts!

  3. Zyr says:

    My guess for stopping, is that it might have something to do with the big blocks of plastic they seem to have on the palms of their gloves.

    •  The blocks of plastic let you put your hands down on the pavement while sliding the wheels to slow down. Most people drag a shoe to stop at the bottom of Maryhill, as sliding to a stop wears out your wheels.

  4. bbonyx says:

    “how the hell do you stop?”

    Notice the blocks on the palms of their gloves? Used for braking.

    You’ll notice them putting hands somewhat close to the pavement on the tight turns, (i.e. @ 1:48) one of them actually touches at 3:53. If they are going to understeer a corner they use inside braking to tighten their apex. They are also used for a total slowdown at run’s end.

    • louisleblanc says:

      Yes, standing up will slow also them down quite a bit as well as slaloming. The pucks in the glove can be used to slow down but they’re also useful for sliding, IE quickly turning the board perpendicular to the slope, kind of like how you stop with a snowboard, but you distribute some of your weight on your hands. You can go from 50km/h to 0 in about 50m of meters that way, otherwise it’s hard to go from a medium speed to a complete stop.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

       Or the road levels out (or even starts to rise) after the video ends

    • craniac says:

      I have been obsessively watching longboard videos for a month.  They stop the same way snowboarders do, by turning sideways and sliding.  On turns they put a hand down, hence the slide gloves.  If they have to bail they slide on their knee pads and protected palms.  

    • devophill says:

      Here is an example of that (with shorter boards): http://youtu.be/2QJVDGtzvEE?t=23s

    •  The pucks themselves aren’t meant slow you down, they just let you put a hand down for better balance. If you want to slow down quickly, you lean back on the glove and pitch the board sideways into a powerslide.

      Most people just drag their shoe along the ground to stop at the bottom of Maryhill, as sliding wears your wheels out.

  5. TombKing says:

    Yes thats Maryhill Washington. Maryhill Loop Road in fact. http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/Visit/Do/loops.html

    I have been out there with the family to the museum but we didn’t see Stonehenge. I should go out on the bike next time I want a day out riding that road looks fun.

  6. Timothy Krause says:

    It’s really something to watch, though my inner worrywart kept wanting to stop the proceedings and equip the riders with protective clothing for their bare skin.

    Nothing but a shill for Big Protective Clothing. I knew it all along! Next thing you’ll claim that helmets reduce injuries, or something similarly scurrilous. For shame!

  7. Ian Chesal says:

    Reminds me of this video of Girls Crew, “Carving the Mountains” — which has an excellent soundtrack courtesy The Decemberists: http://vimeo.com/24195442

    That video shows how the stop BTW.

  8. Cary Allen says:

    The most impressive part is the incredibly great work by the camera skater. 

  9. gluther says:

    Stonehenge in Maryhill is a trip.  The museum is as well – complete with Rodin sculptures, Native American pieces, and a wonderful collection of  Chess sets.

  10. Brian Richerson says:

    The bikini lady is a part of the rebel alliance and a traitor! If you look from seconds 9-12, you can see her rebel tatoo, and also? Is that a tauntaun? Can’t really tell.

  11. Ted Lemon says:

    The road also flattens out at the bottom, at which point speeds drop…

    Amazing camera work.   Also, the two women have the poise of Tally and Shay.   Who needs hoverboards anyway?

  12. Scott Croom says:

    As a fan of organ donation, I enjoyed this video.

    • Alistair Twiname says:

       there is a story / myth about a woman awaiting a cornea transplant in london who was told by the surgeon,” sorry we dont actually have any at the moment but it shouldn’t be long as it’s raining quite badly”. …. meaning that motorcyclists would be getting killed in this weather.

  13. Ross Morgan says:

    This video will keep me good company during those long nights at sea, and also in general.

  14. joeposts says:

    How do you stop? Step 1: Jump. Step 2: Sprint. 

  15. travispulley says:

    I was trying to get a sense of how fast they were going, and it looked overall quite safe and controlled to me. I’ve had a normal skateboard oscillate under my feet on steep hills a bunch of times… that feeling is really scary and yes I’ve lost it a few of those times.

  16. quitterjunior says:

    Bonus Rebel Alliance tattoo.  Ah, bested by Mr. Richerson!

  17. In addition to adding my praise for all involved, I just have to say how beautiful that was. It affected me more deeply than I expected; we really can be wonderful creatures when we’re not being obnoxious.

    • PAPPP says:

      I’m only a passable longboarder, but am always mesmerized by the incredibly beautiful videos of really excellent skaters in exotic locations floating around.  Both the suggestion links below are parts of series. 

      Switzerland - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07BmKlY6csc

      Hawaii - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw4ZYKf91Xo

  18. Jeff Reifman says:

    This Longboarding clip was in the Banf Radical Reels Festival 

  19. Kimmo says:


    …my inner worrywart kept wanting to stop the proceedings and equip the riders with protective clothing for their bare skin.

    Sorry Cory, but I have to take exception to that sentiment, since it’s precisely the attitude behind a whole bunch of laws that simply shouldn’t exist.

    Do you imagine these adults aren’t justified in their assurance? You’ve seen how awesomely good people can get at a zillion different things, and yet your impulse is to restrict these folks doing their thing just because it’s beyond the average person’s capacity?

    I can’t ride a skateboard to save myself, but as a keen cyclist I’d be confident enough in my ability to come off one at that speed equipped like those girls.

    They’re badass*, and they wager their skin to prove it.

    *emininently untrue in a literal sense

      • Kimmo says:

        So you’re wondering if I’d say the same for folks who imagine any amount of ability can protect them in leiu of a helmet from the physics of crashing a motorbike?

        No, I wouldn’t. There’s skill and daring, and then there’s Russian roullette.

        But ask me about bicycle helmets.

        • Ladyfingers says:

          Again, I wasn’t arguing with you, but as a competent mountain cyclist who through no particular lack of skill has slipped out on tarmac before, I look at the bare skin on display and cringe, especially on vehicles with no discernible means of stopping.

          • Kimmo says:

            As I understand it, shoes, gloves and even knee pads could be helpful in that regard.

            But yeah, more a matter of slowing, rather than stopping. Although I gather the road was closed.

          • Itsumishi says:

            @Kimmoth:disqus Having gloves with hockey pucks or similar and experience will allow you to stop a longboard pretty quickly. I’ve only been able to find one video quickly, and the guy isn’t going down hill, nor going as fast as these girls, but the physics is the same. Turn sharply, put your hands down, get the board perpendicular to the hill. You’ll stop pretty fast.


          • Believe it or not, at least one of these girls has a totally badd-ass custom leather racing suit. It was hot as hell on the hill last weekend, though, so almost everyone was riding in t-shirts by the end of the day.

  20. Ladyfingers says:

    What an eerily perfect, almost CG landscape.  I do like the look of wind power, I must admit. I wonder if it’d look anywhere near as perfect if it went to 4-bladed designs.

    Kind of reminded me of Goldfrapp’s lovely “Caravan Girl” video.

    • hymenopterid says:

      I love the look of the new massive windmills.  They remind me that I’m living in a William Gibson novel.

      • Ladyfingers says:

         We really are. Sitting in my car with a pocket-sized device connected to GPS, with hours and hours of music and hands-free phone and voice recognition really is beyond the future I envisaged as a kid, minus some of the shoulderpads.

  21. grimatongueworm says:

    I long to live in this Utopian fantasy where helmeted women in short shorts long board down hairpin turns while windmills turn majestically in the background.

    Is this how YT got started?  

  22. fnc says:

    “…how the hell do you stop?”

    I’m gonna guess, parachutes!

    Impressive feat, beautiful surroundings.

  23. Andy Jukes says:

    I you like that, you will LOVE this:

    • Bodhipaksa says:

      Woah. That was intense.

    • Bad Juju says:

      and if its still winter anywhere, there’s my favorite:

    • Kimmo says:

       I believe the expression I’m looking for is… off the chain.

      Seen it before, but just as good the second time round : )

    • Petzl says:

       UH. At least the girls were on a closed track. These guys are insane. No closed track. Staying on right lane? That’s for poseurs. Here we have civilian traffic going both ways. With all sorts of possible obstructions on the way down. Not to mention any rock on the road the size of a quarter will send them careening. There’s residences along the road, with which you can assume there are bikers, cars pulling out, children. Forget these guys killing themselves, what if they kill someone else?  These guys are uncool.

  24. ultranaut says:

    This was the sexiest skateboarding ever

  25. RadiKs SmartWheels would give them way more traction.

  26. Nick Hayday says:

    Dress for the ride, not for the crash

  27. TheMudshark says:

    On the one hand I can´t help but imagine their unprotected bodyparts disappearing into the asphalt like parmesan into a cheese grater, on the other hand I really want to join them. This looks like so much fun.

  28. mandabunny says:

    They are just really graceful. Almost balletic, and that is awesome. Being tough board chicks, and somehow exuding grace at the same time.

  29. curiousrobot says:

    Okay, how am I the first person to say


  30. korvorn says:

    awesome video. it kinda reminds me of the “otters holding hands” video in that while  i am sure holding hands serves some purpose, i can’t help but find it utterly adorable.


  31. andygates says:

     Isn’t half the point of a longboard to damp out those frequencies?

  32. StAlfongzo says:

    That was a killer run!

    Bomb Hills not People!

  33. skeptacally says:

    I used to live in Lake Louise, Alberta (in the mountains of Banff National Park).  I biked from the lake itself down to the villiage of Lake Louise a number of few times, .  It’s a 3 1/2 km chunk of road that somewhat switchbacks its way down a mountain.  Pretty similar to this.

    I have to tell you, it was scary-ass-shit crazy on a bike.  On a skateboard?  You are either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid. 

    Thankfully, these girls seem more brave than stupid.

    All I know is this: a single piece of gravel changes everything.

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