Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 11, 2009 -- Police report a United States tourist, who was pretending to be surfing on the hood of a friend's moving car, died when he fell and broke his neck, in a popular Puerto Rican beach town.
Yolanda Hernandez, police spokeswoman, announced 29-year-old Long Beach, New York, resident Jorge Geysel fell off his friend's Isuzu Trooper as he "car surfed" along a road in the west coast community of Rincon early Saturday.
Hernandez can't reveal whether Geysel's two companions will face any criminal charges.
Car surfing, also known as 'urban surfing', is a form of illegal acrobatics, in which passengers of moving vehicles perform various stunts, including hanging out of the car, riding the hood, trunk, or on the roof of the vehicle, while it is moving. Some participants are even dragged behind the moving vehicle by a rope.
Others toss the car into cruise control, then exit the moving vehicle, while others prefer to have a driver behind the wheel while surfing. The death toll inflicted from car surfing stands at 51 in California, Texas 42 and Florida 42, with many more injured.
Car surfing was first popularized in the 1985 movie 'Teen Wolf'. The movie 'Grindhouse' has re-popularized the fashion. YouTube is also responsible for popularizing and glamorizing this particularly risky form of entertainment.
A recent report published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, stated that a group of neurosurgeons, after analyzing statistics from the states with the most car-surfing injuries, have concluded that car-surfing injuries are linked with the release of the Grand Auto Theft and Jackass video game series.
"It is well documented that children and adolescents imitate what they see in the media, even when this is deleterious to their health. Adults need to channel teens' need for adventureâ into activities with less likelihood of life-altering, or life-ending, outcomes" said Dr Ann-Christine Duhaime .
A similar hazardous trend is known as 'ghost-riding'. A person puts an automatic car in motion then exits the vehicle and dances beside or on the car. This trend was popularized by the hit song âGhost Ride Itâ in 2006. The video clip came under strong criticism, due to its directions on how to ghost ride. At least two deaths have been caused from ghost riding, though some claim the death toll as high as 8.
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