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Riding the Long White Cloud

I came across these videos on Prolly and even though he points out they are a little dated, I’m soooo glad he still shared them. These videos are so well done that it was hard to stop watching them at work and wait until I got home.

The videos document a bike tour by a group of professional skateboarders who ride their bikes down New Zealand, hitting skate spots along the way. There has been a recent trend in skateboard culture that pairs skateboarding with Easy Rider-like motorcycles, but I had yet to come across skateboarders holding any interest in bikes, let alone bike touring. The melding is a little awkward, but the outcome fascinating.

As an ex-skater, I’ve always been floored by the courage and ability professional skaters have to huck themselves off crazy high ledges, while executing a dizzying skateboard trick in the process. Maybe I’ve been a touch envious and jealous too. So it was somewhat amusing to watch these professional skaters get completely humbled by the simple process of bike touring for a couple weeks straight. The videos show them struggling to overcome the physical demands of bike touring, sometimes at the expense of their skating abilities, but keeping an overall positive demeanor the whole way.

If you like(d) skateboarding or bike touring, you won’t be able to watch these and not feel like you’re smiling the entire time. Enjoy.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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5 Comments

  1. Hunter @ Bike Lane LivingFebruary 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for posting this Scott. New Zealand is a beautiful unique place to enjoy. The Kiwi’s lead the way on bicycle tourism too. With Governments all over the world trying to balance the books, New Zealand is investing heavily in a national bicycle loop and finding ways to get more people pedalling on two wheels. Contrast this with the short-sighted U.S. approach of cutting back on bike funding at the Federal level.

  2. Andrew HolybeeFebruary 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for posting this amazing and I love your website always looking forward to the next post.

  3. igoFebruary 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    As someone who enjoys skateboarding, biking, and touring…I was totally eating this up!

  4. Video Friday, 2/10/12 | Body Local NYCFebruary 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    [...] The videos document a bike tour by a group of professional skateboarders who ride their bikes down New Zealand, hitting skate spots along the way. There has been a recent trend in skateboard culture that pairs skateboarding with Easy Rider-like motorcycles, but I had yet to come across skateboarders holding any interest in bikes, let alone bike touring. The melding is a little awkward, but the outcome fascinating. Read more here. [...]

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    [...] The videos document a bike tour by a group of professional skateboarders who ride their bikes down New Zealand, hitting skate spots along the way. There has been a recent trend in skateboard culture that pairs skateboarding with Easy Rider-like motorcycles, but I had yet to come across skateboarders holding any interest in bikes, let alone bike touring. The melding is a little awkward, but the outcome fascinating. Read more here. [...]

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