Do Not Try This At Home (or on a train)

By on September 25, 2014

Speaking of idiots, how’s this video of a kid train surfing on the east coast? Apparently he sucks at surfing in the ocean so he thought it would be cool to try it on top of an Orange Line train in Boston, MA. Train Surfing is pretty popular in Big Cities, but it’s not uncommon for the surfer to lose their life trying to fulfill the stoke that only the real ocean offers. In fact, just yesterday in Australia a man died after falling off the train. It’s been said that more people die around the world surfing on trains and cars and other moving vehicles than actually die in the water doing the real thing.

Ironically, Wikipedia has a post dedicated to “Train Surfing” and here’s what the world’s biggest online encyclopedia has to say about it … Train surfing (also known as train hopping or train hitching) is the act of hitching a ride on the outside of a moving train, tram or another rail transport. In a number of countries, the term train hopping is often confused with the term freight hopping, which means riding on the outside of a freight train, while train surfing can be practiced on any type of a train. This type of travelling can be dangerous and even life-threatening, because there is a risk of death or serious injury from falling off a moving train, electrocution from power supply (overhead catenary wire, current collectors, resistors, etc.), colliding with a railway infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, platforms, traffic lights or other trains) while riding outside off structure gauge on the side or on the roof of a train, or unsuccessful attempts to jump on a moving train or off it. Today, the practice is forbidden by statutes on many railroads in the world. Despite this, it is still practiced, especially on those railroads where the trains are overcrowded.

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