The dangerous sport of South African train surfing

Italian photographer and filmmaker Marco Casino went to Katlehong, one of the largest townships in South Africa, to document a rather dangerous subculture and sport: train surfing. It involves ‘jumping aboard moving trains and surfing on carriage roofs, dodging 3,000 volt electric cables. Some say it’s a means of finding release or even a way to express themselves’.

He put together a mini documentary titled Staff Riding that really takes us on a journey of train surfing, which is ‘part of a long-term project about the township lifestyle 20 years later [after] the struggle against apartheid’.

Via Messy Nessy Chic

A train surfer dodges 3,000 volt wires ahead while ontop of a moving train carriage
Train surfing is one of the most dangerous 'sports' and subcultures in South Africa

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.