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When people describe parkour, they almost always fall back upon skateboarding comparisons such as “it’s like skateboarding without the...

Jeff Squires
Jeff Squires on November 5, 2007.

When people describe parkour, they almost always fall back upon skateboarding comparisons such as “it’s like skateboarding without the board” or “imagine combining skateboarding with gymnastics” – inevitably, these comparisons have drawn a lot criticism from skaters. If only as an inspiration for parkour, there do seem to be some clear similarities.

The below video is a refreshing glimpse at what happens when the two are combined.

This video also reminded us of clip we saw on VBS.TV’s Epicly Later’d series where they interview Chris Haslam, a professional skater known for his “geek tricks.”[via Mike Arauz]

Thinking...