Skating On A Glass Skateboard (Goes As Expected)

July 13, 2016

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Because you don't know until you try (even though most of the time you really do know before you try and are just lying to yourself), this is a video of the folks from Braille Skateboarding trying to ride a skateboard deck made of glass. SPOILER: it lasts one casual ride around the skatepark (starting at 5:40), then shatters to pieces a thousand dangerous pieces on the first ramp drop-in (at 7:30). Who would have thought? I bet my roommate it would be stronger than a regular board and now I have to pay all of next month's rent. I wish I was smarter. And better looking. And had SUPERPOWERS. Might as well dream big. Go big or go home -- that's what my parents always told me. Just kidding, it was "Just go home, the rest of the kids are way better than you." I have a lot of complex complexes now.

Keep going for the video, which should auto-start at the beginning of the ride but feel free to watch from the beginning if your flight just got delayed or something.

Thanks to Aaron, who loves the feel of broken glass in his palms. Right? It's right up there with cutting hot peppers then touching your wiener.

  • aquarius7373

    Skip to 7:30

  • Seems like a lot of effort to create something that was doomed immediately.

  • dougfunnay

    glass can potentially be stronger than steel
    it was in no way doomed as a concept

  • But it was clearly just regular glass. So when they made it, they knew it was doomed.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    The glass broke when he applied pressure with is forward feet, not when it landed. The bending made it crack. Interesting...

  • Spencer Rogers-Greason

    Yeah, that's kind of how pressure works...how is that interesting, did you not learn basic physics in high school?

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Someone sounds like they need a hug. Come on, bring it in.

  • palpable ovaltine

    At least they had the foresight to bring a broom.

  • Chaz Gomez

    Why didn't they use armoured car glass?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Armored glass is just glass sandwiched between plastic layers. You could easily make a board out of polycarbonate which would be plenty solid but it's not particularly abrasion resistant.

  • Dani

    they are not that smart

  • Richard H Sanford

    Love how they're just *waiting* for it to do exactly what they're expecting it to do.

  • Xockszky

    oh shit! a glass skateboard would have been cool, except wouldn't grip tape ruin the effect?

  • TyDurd

    They make "clear" grip tape. It would look like frosted glass which may look cool too.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Or just frost the topside of the glass. Frosted glass is kind of grippy.

  • Draco Basileus

    I was hoping for some Liveleak levels of limb impalement here. Guess I'll have to wait until they make a skateboard of out razor blades.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'll save my old ones. Let me know where to send them.

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