We decided one hot summer day to capture some action video near the Williamsburg Bridge. Dressed in a t-shirt, shorts and Rainbow Sandals I met my un-named friend at the corner of North 7th street and Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The streets were blocked off for “Summer in the Streets” days, a series of weekdays when Williamsburg blocks off Bedford Ave from vehicles to promote green transportation. We decided it was the perfect day to capture some laid back longboard footy.
Following my lead, my camera man maneuvered around me on his board getting some of the best shots I have ever seen. We skated a good ten minutes when outside the green streets area a violent driver decided to be angry. Carelessly honking his horn and flagrantly shouting and waving his hands the man in the sport utility vehicle revved his engine and demonstrated his aggression for green enthusiasts. My camera man turned the camera’s attention immediately to the action behind. Enraged, the driver sped by and schreeched his car to a stop, stepping out of his vehicle to approach us. Anticipating drama, I used my foot brake to keep a safe distance from the reckless man approaching us.
Focused on the dramatic situation, my camera friend could not slow enough to avoid the man’s parked vehicle in the middle of the road. SMACK! He collided with the rear of the SUV, protecting the camera from the impact while recording! Keeping safe distance, I watched the angry man and my friend blindly approach each other toward the rear corner of the vehicle. There, the man attacked my friend and aggressively abused his video camera, while the tape was rolling.
I recognized an opportunity to help my friend so I leap forward and pushed the man away, which enraged him! He fell forward, caught balance and lunged forward back toward me in full sprint! I turned and sped away on my Bustin prototype built for sprint speed. The man was so fast! He was gaining as I rapidly pushed but my sandals slowed me down. As he grabbed for my shirt I jumped forward and kicked the board behind me. The man planted his forward sprint step straight on the board and fell hard! I turned to watch and saw the middle aged man drop direct on his old ass hip. I winced in pain for him and respectfully advised him to get in his car and go home. This pissed him off and he stood to chase me again. My sandals had already fallen off and I was in full sprint down Berry Ave in Williamsburg with a hot tempered bastard behind me. Heart racing I observed my escape route. This guy was not about to end chase, yet his car was parked 3 blocks behind on a one way street, traffic building behind. I ran and ran until he ceased chase. He turned and noticed the camera man had not missed a beat. Charging the camera, the old chap again assaulted my friend and called the police, claiming “officer down”.
Meanwhile I had regained possession of my board and fled the scene skating against traffic to Broadway where I sat against a wall, shoeless. The rest of the story will be revealed when I get clearance.