Years ago there was a hoax video showing people running across water. Their claim was that if you picked up enough speed in advance, you could pull a Jesus for a dozen steps or so. It turned out to be viral marketing and I’m glad I can’t remember what the product or company was.
These guys in Iceland, however, are the real deal. They pick up enough speed in advance to make it across the surface of the water. However, they’re not on foot; they’re driving jeeps, off-road buggies, motorcycles and snowmobiles. Take a look at these maniacs:
It’s true that the water’s not super deep, but when you do it wrong you will sink, as we saw.
The Formula Off-Road Hydroplaning Competition is held in Hella, Iceland. Being an American east-coaster, I’d say it looks like “a lot of” fun. My west-coast counterparts might choose a different expression to put between the quotes.
And it’s all for a good cause: These Icelandic Formula Off-Road events, as they’re known, are fundraisers for Icelandic rescue teams. I think it’s safe to say that if you get stuck out in the hinterlands, these are the guys you want coming for you.