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Spotted in Budapest: Skimboarding the Danube

As of yesterday afternoon Hungary is in state of emergency. Danube levels are rapidly rising and are expected to peak during the weekend. Roads along the Danube are already closed. I checked it out with the kids this morning near the Chain bridge when people were still enjoying the car-free zone, but Danube already started overflowing in some places. Although this years flood is predicted to be the highest since accurate measurements began, we do get the flood of some extent every year.

Ever heard of skimboarding?

“Skimboarding (or skimming) is a boardsport in which a skimboard (a smaller counterpart to a surfboard without fins) is used to glide across the water’s surface. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on the beach by dropping the board onto the thin wash of previous waves. Skimboarders use their momentum to skim out to breaking waves, which they then catch back into shore in a manner similar to surfing. “(wiki)

During the June 2010 flood in Budapest a group of snowboarders decided to skim the Danube with their custom made skimboards.

What you can see behind them is the Parliament building. I don’t think we will be seeing such stunts this year, since it is incredibly cold considering it is June, but do hop over to Zsombee’s flickr photostream to see some more amazing photos of this action.

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Petra Tkalcec

Petra is a Co-founder and Executive Editor of EastOK Europe. She is a Croatian living in Budapest with her Serbian husband, two sons and an English bulldog.

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