Watch Mike Barnes risk his toes on a rocket ride
The Floridian native tosses the rulebook out of the window with exposed toes in his circular flows.
In the expansive category of bad ideas associated with skateboarding – a genre which includes indulging anyone wearing heels wanting to have a bash, trying to second-guess shuffling grannies and saying ‘last go‘ – there are two which sit apart in their heinousness.
The first is flirting with the multiplier of G forces by going anywhere near upside down. In a famous example, Skatepark of Tampa owner Brian Schaefer almost emptied himself on an ill-advised attempt at looped inversion, caught on film in what remains a slam that will live long in infamy. To call attempting a loop treacherous is to understate things considerably.
The second 'it would be great if you couldn’t' bad idea in skateboarding is: doing it without appropriate footwear. What possesses people to do this for a laugh? Protect your poor feet if you can, they will suffer enough in the end! Flip flops, sandals, barefoot – exposed toes equals 'just say no'.
It's madness of the highest order: the correct number of toes to leave the session with is however many you brought with you, every single time. No doubt there's a back alley of the internet somewhere with videos of shoeless tomfoolery on skateboards gone awry.
However, Florida’s Mike Barnes has a rather cavalier approach to conventional concrete wisdom and risks all sorts of potential unpleasantness for the ever-wonderful lens of Joe Brook. Check it out at the top of the page.
Clearly, don’t try this at home; nor anywhere else for that matter.