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Train surfing, India’s extremely stupid sport

After gaining popularity among teens practising extreme sports at the risk of their own lives in South Africa, Russia, Germany and other European countries; train surfing has arrived in India. Hanging outside the trains is not new to Indian citizens, as it is a necessity for them at times when the trains are overcrowded and next available train is not scheduled for hours. Train surfing is different in a way, that instead of hanging there with their hearts in their mouths, these youth treat it as wave surfing, skiing or bungee jumping and enjoy it to the fullest even at the cost of risking their own lives.

Train Surfing in India

Train Surfing in India

How far can they go?

The sport is mostly popular among the youth dwelling near the railway lines. Though there have been reports of injuries and even death, it is not enough to stop the youth from having a blast by either riding on the train roof like a wave, or hanging outside to the extreme from the side doors and clinging with by their bare hands or belts.

After the self filmed video of two youths from Mumbai went on you tube garnering attention and clicks; the craze swept among the bored teens who wanted to be in the picture regardless of dangers involved. For many youngsters in cities like Mumbai where the reality is scary, this dangerous hobby acts as an escape route into a fantasy world, where they are on top of the world, with their adrenalin shooting up. It is their own way of expressing their fearlessness and daredevilry, which they may consider to be a warning signal to those who dare to oppose them.

Stupidly dangerous train surfing in India 

These youth are quite familiar with the trains; hence they feel no fear in playing around with it. It is like their home ground, where they expect no surprises to be thrown at them. Even with practice and safety measures, no one can rule out the risk involved and accidents that have taken place during the act, crippling and sometimes killing the teens. A slight slip would mean being crushed under the heavy wheels of the train. Other risks involve, falling off the train and being killed, electrocuted by the power cables, hit by railway structures and other unthinkable mishaps. “Where the thrill of extreme sport is, if it does not have danger involved in it?” asks a train surfer who is proud to be one. Although train surfing is illegal in most countries including India, the authorities fail to control it.

Should train surfing be banned strictly by government?

Can train surfing be included in extreme sports?Those people who are not in favour of the sport consider it to be outrageous and bizarre behaviour which poses danger not only to the people who are involved in it, but also to the passengers. Train travelling has certain safety rules which are to be followed by passengers for their own safety and smooth running of the trains. Though train surfing can be entertaining to those who are enjoying the ride, in reality it is nothing but illegal activity which is breaking every rule of train safety. Many people criticise it as stupidity by those youth who do not have good and definite goal to pursue. Unless the youths decides to give it up by themselves, there is not much others can do; as escaping the law and surfing the train will provide another form of challenge and excitement for those who are looking for it with banishment of the activity.

‘Why the question, it is an extreme sport’ says the train surfers in regard to the above question. Not everyone will agree with that though.

Every extreme sport though dangerous has certain sports equipment, safety rules, guidance, coaching and training involved before actual performance. The train surfing has nothing of that sort; therefore many rubbish it off as illegal activity rather than extreme sport.

The train surfers do not seem to be deterred by people who do not agree with them. They feel this is nothing different from people paying lots of money just to jump out of planes, fall of from mountain tops or building roofs by hanging on to rubber chords, or ride on the big waves which can engulf them.

From the view of psychology, it is not new for the teens to take social and personal risks to for the sake of some unique sensational experience. The thrill of being in control over an extremity will keep luring youth towards adventures that pose risk and dangers to their lives.

Training surfing in Soweto, South Africa

What do you think of these Indian youths practising this dangerous activity?

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48 Responses to “Train surfing, India’s extremely stupid sport”

  1. It shocked me into silence when I saw those youths playing fool by hanging to the doors of the trains..
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  2. OMG!!
    There surely can be safer things to do even when one is looking for something to keep the adrenalin going.
    we do have some extreme adventure sports. I have tried bungee jumping, surfing, parasailing. hot air balloons and paragliding myself, but at least there were safety plans in place in case something went wrong.
    This is sheer stupidity.
    Totally ruled out.
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  3. Shalu Sharma says:

    @Ambika and Farida. These stunts amazing they may seem but have to be banned. For some reason, its seems to be spreading in other countries as well.
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  4. Michael Belk says:

    Those kids are crazy all it takes i8 one wrong move. If they get killed I bet the parents would sue (in America).

    One wrong move could mean death. The problem is Worldwide kids are too bored and search for adrenaline kicks.
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  5. Medha says:

    This is extremely dangerous and as you said really a stupid act. If they really have that much of guts and courage then they should use it in a better way… perhaps in a act like saving this country from corruption and our corrupt politicians!
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  6. This is totally stupidity, Shalu, how can we count it as sport. Are there no any railway authority to stop them?
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  7. I remember sharing the first video on facebook, I guess with a comment “Stupidity has no limits”. I clearly remember one comment, that precisely described the truth. And that comment said, it’s not stupidity, it’s insanity. And I agree, none in their right mind will do these kind of stuffs…
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  8. This is scary and should be banned immediately. Well put Shalu.
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  9. This very dangerous and as said stupid act.If they realy like adventure,there are many adventure sports,they should try these sports.One wrong movement could mean death.It should be banned immediately.

  10. Sunil Deepak says:

    Stupid is the right word for it! Nicely written post.
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  11. Kiva says:

    Whoa! That’s some crazy stuff. I don’t think banning it is the answer. That would just make more people want to do it.
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  12. Barry Wells says:

    Hi Shalu,

    Sport? really? this is just risk taking in its most extreme form. If people were caught doing that in the UK they’d find themselves in court and probably getting a visit from the local mental health team.

    There’s safer ways to join the paralympics.

    Not only do they put them,selves at risk but the public to, as well those that would have to come along and pick their pieces up, should anything happen. Which of course it will before long.

    Barry
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  13. Abhinav says:

    It is a stupid act and it cannot be considered as a sport in any way! It should be banned.
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  14. Shamis says:

    This reminds me of the famous saying – boys will be boys. Indian youth must be familiar with trains but what these boys does is extremely dangerous. So it would be good if the government do something about it.
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  15. Michael Belk says:

    In America the parents would blame the train operators and try to sue.

    I can not believe the extent people will go to in search of an adrenaline rush.
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  16. Hi Shalu,

    I have seen many teenagers and youngsters doing this kind of stunt with my own eyes in Mumbai CST and Hyderabad Station.

    Its indeed very dangerous and bad idea of doing. These people are not only risking their own lives but also risking others.

    Stay Safe – Stay Alive :D
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  17. Sam says:

    It is a dangerous activity to do, the government should ban such kind if sports.

  18. Felicia says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Looking at the photo you included, train surfing sure looks very dangerous. Of course, teens would be very much attracted by this kind of thing because they aren’t focusing much on the danger, their minds are focusing more on the thrill and enjoyment of doing it. Well, they only do it because they are BORED, as you say.

  19. Well, After watching that video I must say it’s really a stupid things always happening in India. I think they are trying to impressing other people by doing this kind of stupid activities. I am kindly requesting to all Indian Youth to take care of themselves because their family always waiting for them to come back home safely.

    Sorry For My English. Hope all can understand what I am trying to say.

  20. For a time, some of the youth living near the train tracks here in my country have also been doing the same thing. But it’s lessened since the government had them relocated. Personally, I believe that the government should do something about it. It is a dangerous sport to even try. But like what Shamis said, boys will be boys.
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  21. Ehsan Ullah says:

    what kind of sport the train surfing is? :O Honestly, I’ve never heard about this before and It isn’t here in Afghanistan. After reading this article I must say that Indian government should strictly ban the train surfing.
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  22. This is not an extreme sport in any way. It’s just an extreme way of fun for reckless youths who have no goals in their life. A complete waste of time and LIFE!!
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  23. Michael Belk says:

    I just had to watch it again, it almost unbelievable that a kid would be so reckless.
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  24. Hassan Raza says:

    this is really horrible, how these guys do this….! completely shocked.

  25. Seems to be almost a cross-cultural universal. Young men flirting betting the rest of their lives on a few moments thrill and perhaps a trace of pride.
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  26. Oh that is stupid. There is no way that that ‘sport’ would be legally allowed in Canada.
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  27. Jena Isle says:

    This is dangerous. I hope your government should create a law preventing this “sport.” But come to think of it car racing is a dangerous sport too…lol
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  28. dipa says:

    Thanks for an informative post. Hopefully, it will help youngsters become aware of the dangers associated with it. Additionally, our Bollywood movies also encourage such stunts, whereas films should be used for creating awareness.

  29. abhishek says:

    I have seen this video on you tube and also on a tv channel and it was extremely shocking. How can one risk life in such a manner. There are lot more ways to have fun than this. It should straightaway be banned, but I am afraid if such a law will strictly be implemented in India.

  30. liz says:

    I had no idea that this was even a sport! Wow, how can someone find this entertaining when it is so obviously dangerous?
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  31. Aayna says:

    Hi Shalu,
    This is not an official sport of the country, it is a sort of stunt which youngsters desire of indulging in, so as to show their guts and bravery. But they never realize the magnitude of risk attached with such dangerous stunts. Thanks for writing this post and making people aware of their stupidity.

  32. It stunned me into quiet when I saw those youths enjoying deceive by clinging to the gates of the teaches..

  33. Adetony says:

    I can just believe what these young men are doing, they are playing with what can terminate their life. I don’t think they realize that they have only one life and I don’t think they are tired of life either. Government should look into this and make serious warning about. There is no duplicate about life. This still baffle me honestly. I can’t just believe it.
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  34. Pete says:

    Train surfing is the most stupid sport I’ve ever experienced. I mean what’s the benefits of risking your own life. It’s like playing with death more than surfing. I don’t support such type of sports at any cost. If this sport is being performing for money I wanted to say them please stop. Life is much precious than some money. Those people who are now saying “wow” after an accident they’ll say what a stupid person. So live for you at-least. Thanks.

  35. John says:

    Completely dangerous but what a shot of adrenaline!
    Take care guys…
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  36. Jessica says:

    These stunts amazing they may seem but have to be banned. For some reason, its seems to be spreading in other countries as well.

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  38. I really agree with you, this is too dangerous. Please post some thing on it. Your info is good

  39. Superb posting ! It should be avoided , government should take some action on it..
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  40. Raj says:

    It’s too dangerous but few people think that it’s one kind of adventure which is totally risky. After all Adventures can not be without danger or risk.
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  43. Perry Singer says:

    Though it may look cool, train surfing is very dangerous. Their government should do something about what that train surfing or someone is going to get hurt. I suggest they clinics of easy to access real sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball.
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