Car Surfing - Teen Reckless Sport Unveiled

By: Michael Stevens - Staff Writer
Feb 9, 2021

Car Surfing - Teen reckless sport unveiled. A car is made for driving, but surfing on one is a new reckless popular stunt among boys and young men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, from 1990 to 2008, nearly 100 people died or were injured while standing on a moving vehicle.

Surfing on an automobile is showing up on a number of videos on YouTube. Recently, the car stunt led to the deaths of two young people in Florida this week. The deaths of the two DeBary men — and the conviction of another Central Florida man in connection with a similar stunt that killed a friend — highlight the dangers of this sport, or hanging on to a moving vehicle and riding on its exterior.

Law enforcement officers say these surfing stunts are on their radar, and a quick search on YouTube brings up thousands of user-generated videos showing young people riding on top, on the side of, or behind moving cars. Some vehicles are SUVs and trucks, and it’s a growing trend that has prompted police to warn parents. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that one of two young men who died were illegally riding on the vehicle’s running boards.

Their sport utility vehicle flipped and burst into flames. The victims were identified as 18-year-old Carlos Velazco of DeBary and 18-year-old Hunter Perez of Orange City, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary Davidson. In another case, an Orange County jury convicted Michael A. Smith of vehicular homicide after a stunt sparked by the daredevil television show “Jackass” killed his 18-year-old friend in 2008.

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