Remember when prank calls were a big deal? No? Well that’s because kids don’t use landlines anymore. These days, kids have amped up the dare factor considerably — especially in Saudi Arabia, where a dangerous new trend called “sidewall skiing” has caught on like extreme wildfire.
The stunt involves driving cars — often an SUV — on two wheels, tearing down the road at top speed while passengers stand on the side of the vehicle or hang out the window. An article on yahoo.ca attributes the terrifying new trend to stunts from action movies, although a video by rapper M.I.A. added regrettable cool factor by showing her leaning out the window while sidewall skiing in the video Bad Girls.
Videos of young Saudi men (women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia) sidewall skiing have been popping up on YouTube, although some of them have been debunked as fakes.
This isn’t the first death-defying trend to take hold in Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, it was “drifting,” a stunt inspired by The Fast and The Furious movies in which drivers spin out on a crowded street while crowds look on.
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