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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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