Street Luge

In this dry land version of the Winter Olympics sport of luge, the participants race downhill feet first only inches from the ground, on a sort of modified skateboard, with only gravity to power them. The sport started in Southern California as skateboarders discovered that they could reach faster speeds by lying down on their skateboards as they raced downhill.

The sport has evolved rapidly since then, in both the style of lying on the board, and the design of the racing luges/skateboards too. The high number of injuries in early events nearly curtailed the sport, but now there are strict safety requirements for any sanctioned competitions, including the wearing of a helmet, sturdy shoes and a protective racing suit. Being crazy is not a prerequisite, but it helps. See this video of street luge to see what I mean.

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