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Could "liquid mountaineering" become a legitimate sport?

Asked by ParaParaYukiko (6111points) May 23rd, 2010

Today my friend showed me this video that portrayed something called liquid mountaineering, a newly formed “sport” where these people use water-resistant sneakers and literally run on water. Crazy as it sounds, they’re not defying gravity—it truly looks like the physics are there to support running on water, as long as you do it right.

After seeing this, I wonder: could this ever be something that is accepted as a wide-spread sport? It seems that skateboarding wasn’t even considered a sport until the past couple decades…

What do you guys think? Will we be seeing “liquid mountaineering” in the Summer Olympics of 2030? I think it’d be pretty cool.

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VohuManah's avatar

Yeah, no. I’m not convinced that this is real, and niether does Gawker . This wouldn’t be the first time a company has used viral marketing to advertise. From the camera quality to the licensed music, this would be pretty hard and expensive to do unless you had a company’s backing.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@VohuManah I understand what you mean about advertising, but does the fact that they’re using the video for advertisement purposes automatically mean that what they’re doing is fake? Yeah, they probably have some sort of company backing, but I don’t see any blatant advertising for their shoes on their blog, not even close. I can’t even read the logo on that picture on the site you linked, nor do I recall hearing the name.

As far as the quality videos, have you seen this and this one? They’re obviously taken with a normal video camera with no apparent special effects.

I dunno, I’d like to see some concrete evidence that it’s false before I rule it out completely, rather than just speculation.

Blackberry's avatar

It’s fake, we simply can’t run or walk on water.

VohuManah's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko I’ve always thought the opposite way. I require concrete evidence that something is true before I support it. Some videos with no outside observers to verify that it’s true does not count as proof in my book.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@VohuManah I usually think that way too, but in this case it seems like it could actually be true. I suppose official scientific documents stating that this is possible/real would work just as well ask official scientific documents stating the opposite.

@Blackberry People “knew” for hundreds of years that people simply could not fly or walk on the moon. :)

jrpowell's avatar

Around 50 seconds in you can see the Plexi-glass submerged a inch under the water flex.

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