The origins of skateboarding dates back to the early 1900's in the United States, but since then it has been exported to many other countries. For some it is a recreational sport, for others a form of art, and for the very few, a job.
Skateboarders might be seen through somewhat annoyed eyes in the Western world nowadays, but in India skateboarding seems to be a novelty still, and people gather and actually cheer the skateboarding performances. Although, I could not help but notice the fact that the audience is almost 100% male. I wonder if it has to do with preference or culture?
It's a completely different world out there, and the contrast between cultures it's easy to spot. The faces of the kids learning to craft their own skateboards are priceless, and the final scene with the pigeons is epic indeed.
Shot in Bangalore, Jaipur, Delhi and Agra, this video shows India through the eyes of a skater. It's all about finding the right surfaces and enjoying them. I simply love how both the locals and the skaters learn about each other, transform, grow together and enrich themselves from the experience. The interaction between the two cultures is marvelous.