||High noon, Saturday, October 25th: A group of skateboarders begins gathering at 110th Street and Broadway in New York City. They are preparing to take to the street for an unauthorized race through the concrete canyons of Manhattan. The 8 1/2 mile course will take them straight down Broadway through some of New York’s most storied neighborhoods.
This event, organized by the New York Longboarding Association, was put together through internet message-boards and word-of-mouth. The list of rules is brief: no leaving the Broadway route unless necessary, no hanging onto vehicles and no giving up information on the race if you get stopped by the authorities.
For the 27 participants, this race will test their urban street-riding skills, their endurance, and their willingness to risk getting run over for the chance of being first to cross the finish line. They battle a volatile obstacle course of traffic, pedestrians and potholes with pride and passion …but without permission. Along the unpredictable route, they may run into construction sites, street saws, traffic cops, and the occasional crazy cabbie. But this race is about more than being fast, it’s about being tenacious and fearless in the face of a course that changes from second to second, where a miscalculation can be disastrous.
The nature of this unique event required a shooting style as unorthodox as the race itself. A guerilla crew used cameras on the street, a motorscooter, a bicycle, and even the helmet of a race participant. The result is the “Broadway Bomb.”
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NY Longboarding Association