Jumping Off a Bridge: Skateboarding’s On-Trend Viral Challenges

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”  This sentiment pops into my head every time I see a new viral challenge.  Whether it’s covering your eyes while flipping your skateboard in hand, skating in freeway traffic, or the ghost ride challenge, there is always some new craze to amuse us.

board flip challenge
On-trend victim, Clint Walker takes on the board flip challenge.


Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding.  Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge.  People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff.  It’s like the apps were designed just for it.

Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration.  Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it.  We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist!

Everything my friends and I did was relatively harmless and in good fun, less the time I was punched in the head while I slept.  I had fallen asleep at a friend’s house after staying up late watching skate videos and playing video games.  Being the first person to go to bed I was subsequently socked!  I presume this was encouraged by watching CKY2K earlier.  The strike was blown by a mutual friend of our host, Dom Hofmann.  Needless to say, I was pretty pissed, but whatever I write it off as kids being kids.  Now in retrospect, I just find it interesting that Dom went on later to develop a video app called Vine.

Vine, Viral, Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace

Although this app is no longer around, it blazed the way for video on Instagram, and is arguably the pioneer of viral video challenges.  To me, my assault that night was inspiration for finding a better way to share the stupid shit we do with the world.  You’re welcome.

These challenges aren’t going anywhere.  So remember, if you participate in them, don’t hurt others or eat poison, and always stay safe.  Also don’t push the envelope much further than what Jenkem Magazine dubbed the “The Tide Pod Challenge of Skateboarding” either.

Also, if you’re reading this, Dom, I’d settle for less than $20k.

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