You might remember that last week we did a couple of articles on Street Luge?
Well, one of our regular readers sent us a link to this extraodinary video – thank you Garrett.
Now that really is pretty extreme isn’t it? Please do NOT try it just because you’ve read about it on this site!!! but perhaps watch the following video instead and hear what Jean-Yves Blondeau, the inventor of this crazy new extreme sport, has to say about it (buggyrollin):
Hope you enjoyed the scenic trip around Paris too!
Not surprisingly, Blondeau is also known as ‘Rollerman’. He is, in actual fact, a designer, having graduated from the famous industrial design school Olivier de Serres in Paris. His study theme was: “systems that underline the sensations caused by the displacement of the human centre of gravity in relation to support points in order to move into space”. .. and so was born his roller suit.
This was way back in 1995 and since then there have been 6 generations of roller suits … it has been fine-tuned so to speak.
The secret behind its success are the number of rollers (similar to those found on rollerblades) placed on most of the major joints, the torso, and the back. 33 in all. The wearer can ride in a variety of positions (rollerblade, on back, on torso, on all fours, seated, etc.) at speeds of up to 60 mph (96 km/h) – although, in the summer of 2008 and with 2 witnesses, Blondeau reached an incredible speed of 116 km (buggyrollin):
We’re not talking about a mad and crazy teenager here – we are talking about a respectable 39 year old… albeit mad and crazy. Some people never grow up – fortunately!
Buggy Rollin is still at the fledgling stage although several of the movements have already been given names: ‘kamakaze’ where you throw yourself onto your back, ‘Gognoc’ where you roll on your backside and ‘Mad Buggy Dog’ where three limbs roll along the wall while the other remains on the ground.
The planned ‘full-suit’ is not yet available on the market, but the first component – the ‘Rollin Recap’ – which enables use of the knees with conventional in-line skates, can be ordered online for US$175 + delivery costs. www.buggy-rollin.com will have more information for you…