Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Freestyle Walking

I thought this was a well-known "sport." But when I showed some people my pics from San Diego recently, they thought I was a perv that randomly snaps shots of teenage boys. So to clarify and educate...

From Wiki:

The art of freestyle walking (loosely related to Free Running) is a means of self-expression and creative interaction with one's environment. Many of the practitioners of this art form (or sport, as some consider) excelled at the sport by freestyle walking to find more full involvement with their otherwise routine surroundings. Freestyle walkers use leaps and air moves, clever footwork, dance or any non-traditional walking movement. Today, many practitioners view it as the act of rollerblading or skateboarding without the skates or board.

Here is the image referenced above of freestyle walking in action:

Note I was actually running when I took this picture. I'm not the first to say that running is a great way to get acquainted with a city, especially a new one (and it was my first time in SD). But back to the freestyle walking - in case you want to get schooled, here's its most prestigous University. See we don't just game and blog. Such a great example of creative activity or active creativity. Or just living fun. I love this stuff.

5 comments:

Clay Parker Jones said...

Love it. I am always jumping around and making my friends nervous. We have this ten-foot gap that I want to jump over but I'm afraid that I'll smack my face on concrete.

The other day I jumped on a fire hydrant. A cop was standing next to me. And the old, rusty hydrant damn near split in half when I jumped on it. Almost got taken downtown for the shenanigans, but I still love it.

El Gaffney said...

I'm a big fan of the stall move. Have done the right foot up on a hydrant before but after that story will be sticking to benches and big rocks for a while. I'd say pass on the long jump...but then again, I'm a pretty big scaredy-cat (which is a name i'm definitely going to try and bring back).

Eric said...

I think freestyle walking was the first real sport.

Clay Parker Jones said...

Scaredy cat. Awesome.

El Gaffney said...

yes eric. as the chemical brothers would say, it began in afrika. possibly zamunda - but that doesn't mean eriq la salle has to like it, "personally i don't like any sport where you don't use your hands."