Canadian skateboarder criticized for skitching on Hanoi’s busy roads

By Le Ai, Thanh Nien News

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Joel filmed his performance with a selfie-stick Joel filmed his performance with a selfie-stick


A Canadian skateboarder has upset many people after he filmed himself performing a stunt known as skitching, in which he was seen hanging off at the back of vehicles around many busy streets in Hanoi. 
In the three-minute video, the man named Joel moved at high speed by holding onto motorbikes and navigating through the heavy traffic, without a crash helmet. He signaled and asked for permission from the motorbike riders beforehand. 
He filmed the stunt with a selfie stick. Thanh Nien has acquired his permission to share the video. 
Joel said he came to Vietnam two months ago. He said he loves skateboarding especially on places with challenging obstacles. 
The Canadian man did not comment on the fact that his act was both illegal and extremely dangerous. 
Responding to the video, many people said the man appeared to be a very good skateboarder, but criticized him for the reckless stunt that could have put many drivers and himself at risk. 
Skating, skateboarding and other sports are prohibited on Vietnam roads. Violators can be fined for up to VND400,000 (US$18).

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