07 Sep Gurus in the Ganges – A Skateboarding Fillum
I love to watch good skateboarding but it seems like such a hard sport, not just to master but to attain any sort of level of above-averageness.
Now you might be asking yourself, “what the freak do you know about skateboarding fat-boy?“, before making some wicked sort-of-sideways gesture with your hand and adding, “skate or die!”
To which my answer would have to be, “Not a lot. I guess I’ll have to take death.”
But there’s a strip of beach where I spend a fair bit of time during summer. It’s next to a skate park so when the weather’s on song, there’s the constant hum of polyurethane on tarmac. So for a non-skater, I do spend more time than most watching bodies of all shapes and sizes try to land ollies and kickflips of varying levels of difficulty. And I have to say, the percentage of landed tricks is a long, long way from fifty. Difficult I tell ya.
But not for the boys in the video below – Sean Malto, Sebo Walker, Mark Suicu and Nestor Judkins – they be professionals. And professional boarding is eminently watchable. Add a country like India and a festival like Kumbh Mela to the mix and I felt compelled to check this video out.
One thing’s for certain, they were going to pull a crowd. For anyone who’s visited India, often attending to something as mundane as fixing a blown thong (they’re flip-flops for the non-Aussies), can draw a crowd. That being so, pulling some gnarly moves on a chunk of ply ten foot in the air, should draw a crush of humanity.
So without further ado, here’s Gurus in the Ganges directed, filmed and edited by Patrik Wallner and hosted by Skateboarding Magazine. Enjoy!