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South African Skater Facing Charges for Speeding 70 MPH

By February 8, 2013

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photo by Andr� RouxA video from South Africa is getting a lot of attention - it's of Decio Lourenco bombing a hill, doing just shy of 70 MPH in Cape Town (see Decio Lourenco video here.

The video, shot with a video camera stuck to the bumper of a buddy's car, might get Lourenco arrested. "All that was needed was for one of those motorists to panic and swerve into the oncoming traffic and you have a large number of deaths, as we have already had on that road," said city safety advisor Jean-Pierre Smith. "If we don't take action against him, every other aspirant skateboarder will try it and one of them will come to a sticky end."

But Lourenco isn't new to this. he claims that he knew exactly what he was doing, and points out that he was wearing safety gear and that he skated at a safe time of day. "I've been skating down hills from a young age," said Lourenco in an interview. "Often going much faster than that. This is the first time I've gotten any attention for it."

What do YOU think? Should skaters like Lourenco be allowed to bomb hills like this? Or is this too unsafe? Where would YOU draw the line? Leave a comment below! And learn more about longboarding.


February 9, 2013 at 6:02 am
(1) Longboard Dude says:

I love going fast down hill with my longboards but 70 MPH is nuts, he’s actually lucky to be alive.

February 11, 2013 at 4:05 am
(2) maaa says:

Isn’t it 68 km/h (kph) not miles (mph)?..
So it’s JUST 42 MPH. ;-P

February 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(3) skateboard says:

Ah HA! That makes a ton more sense! I had a tough time believing it…

February 19, 2013 at 12:50 am
(4) GatorALLin says:

Video on your youtube link was dead or removed already. try this one out.


February 21, 2013 at 12:49 am
(5) skateboard says:


February 21, 2013 at 12:59 am
(6) Skateboard winkel says:

this is totally crazy……..70MPH my god!!!!

February 28, 2013 at 12:25 am
(7) computer desk for truck says:

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June 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(8) Name says:

“Isnít it 68 km/h (kph) not miles (mph)?..
So itís JUST 42 MPH. ;-P”
Well its apperently actually about 110 km/h and yes 68 mph. If it was only 68 hm/h then i personally know people who go faster then that just for warm ups. And guess what, Decio beats them so 68km/h does not make sence.

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