Sport: Boarding
Bodyboard   (+1, -2)  [vote for, against]
Build a skateboard into your clothes

You've seen how a skateboarder sets off - throws his board along the ground and jumps on it. I'd like to build the wheels and supports into the front of my clothes, so I could dive horizontally and "fly" six inches above the ground. Kinda like sledging, but without the sledge.

It'd only be feasible on a smooth, sloped area though, and you'd run to a stop fairly quickly. Would it be possible to kick with your feet, breast-stroke style? Strong boots you could brake with would be desirable too.
-- david_scothern, May 12 2004

RollerMan http://www.nikkel.n...downhillverslag.htm
scroll almost all the way down...and watch the video clips. [k_sra, Oct 05 2004]

gee david_ I guess HB ers are old fogies such as myself who can't stand pain... sorry
-- dentworth, May 12 2004

See, what I do is get on my longboard face-down and go at it. Load of fun it is. You get a bun for letting me imagine yet another way to hurt myself.
-- Letsbuildafort, May 12 2004

As a young fogie (47) who doesn't heal as fast as he used to, I still love the idea, but a good suspension system will be required to soak up that initial hit before I'll buy one. Might be a great workout, if you could develop a stroke style to fit.

Gonna need a face-down posture to be comfortable, though, so the helmet is going to require angled optics.
-- normzone, May 12 2004

I believe this is merely a variation of the luge suit, that was posted by someone (possibly me) not too long ago, only that idea's not there any more.
-- DrCurry, May 12 2004

-- k_sra, May 12 2004

I'm right with normzone on the suspension... although I'd be ok with not much more than some decent rubber bushes, it needn't be too complex. k_sra's link is very interesting (go watch, RollerMan's pretty much exactly what I had in mind). Baked then, I guess...
-- david_scothern, May 12 2004

Man, the rollerman videos have some the most excurcuiatingly bad camerawork I've seen... cool suit though.
-- 5th Earth, May 13 2004

[5th Earth], glad I'm not the only one.
-- k_sra, May 14 2004

[BrauBeaton], as regards going head first, yeah, true. But that's how I ride a sledge; that way you can steer/brake with your feet. On a sledge at least, it gives you more control, and makes you feel faster (your eyes are only a foot or so from the snow). Rollerman's head-first too... though I have to say I'm not holding him up as an example of sanity :-)
-- david_scothern, May 18 2004

welcome David! sorry about the other idea!
-- po, Jun 07 2004

This would be fun if you had wheels in the toes of your shoes and the wrists of the suit so you could sort of swim along - except that your face is going to be nose-grindingly close to the pavement...
-- submitinkmonkey, Mar 10 2005

random, halfbakery