Give him a big hand! Barmy bloke learns to rollerblade – on his hands
This barmy bloke has taught himself to be a top rollerblader – using only his HANDS.
Bonkers Mirko Hanßen, 20, from Geldern, Germany, first started inline skating when he was just 10 years old.
But the daredevil soon decided he could make the sport even more exciting – by learning how to do it UPSIDE DOWN.
Despite not even being able to do a handstand when he set out, he slowly learned to balance on the palms of his hands when they were inside the boots, as well as practising skating with his feet.
But three years ago his decided to ditch rollerblading the usual way up in favour for hand skating – and puts in a gruelling three hours practice every day, to be able to do an array of stomach-churning stunts and flips.
He claims that people don’t believe him when he tells them about his unusual hobby – but they’re always stunned when they see him in action.
He said: “I got the idea one day about 10 years ago, I was just chatting with my family and we thought it would be funny to see if I could do it.
“But I wanted to be really good at it, so about three years ago, I started to train a lot. I am completely self-taught though, I didn’t have a trainer. I’d like to train others in the future though.
“Most people don’t believe I can do it, but when I show them, they call my crazy. But I love it.”
He admits that the sport is particularly dangerous because despite travelling at high speeds, he’s unable to see where he is heading.
Mirko added: “The dangers are that you can´t see where you’re going, which is a problem. I can only see two or three meters in front of me and my head is only a few centimetres from the ground.
“My favourite stunt is the ramp, it is the most dangerous stunt in my repertoire.
“I’d love to compete in hand skating races, but at the moment, there aren’t any. I don’t have anyone to compete with. It would be cool if I could teach the sport to more people and maybe create some in the future.”