The Show-Goers Guide to Injury-Free Crowdsurfing
Sure, it looks all fun and easy.
But crowdsurfing is an exceedingly perilous extreme sport. And it's not just the surfers who've gotta worry about getting hurt. The crowd's in an equal amount of danger.
So don't be the fool, getting bruised and making enemies for a lack of expertise on crowdsurfing. Here are some tips to keep your ass in the air and your face from eating the floor.
4. Hurt Someone and Get Face-Planted
It's crucial you refrain from wearing your vintage 1980s black, studded combat boots in case you accidentally clock people in the head. They'll seek vengeance by face-planting you in the concrete. Stick with soft, fitted clothing that won't rip out locks of hair, gash cheeks, or get torn from your body.
3. Ride It Front to Back
People have to see you coming or you'll get dropped immediately. Head to the front of the crowd, so you can avoid unexpectedly bashing people from behind. If you don't catch them by surprise, they'll probably help pull you over therefore increasing your momentum and time in the air.
2. Find Your Pick-Me-Up
Scour the area for that one freakishly oversized dude near the stage to hoist you up onto the crowd. With his hands cupped around your foot, push off and fling yourself -- back first -- onto the nearest cluster of people. Avoid doing this around mosh pits 'cause you'll likely fall right in and get trampled.
1. Milk It Till You Drop
Keep your feet up and your body relaxed. Bravo! You will now gloriously crowdsurf for five to seven seconds before you inevitably plummet to the ground. For a smooth landing, bring your feet down slowly below the waves of showgoers, and find your balance as you reach the floor.
Note: If you're that freakishly oversized dude I mentioned earlier, this guide is not for you. Crowdsurfing is reserved for those who can actually be lifted by a group of human beings without the aid of heavy machinery.
-- Gaby Izarra