By Charles Creasey
This is the moment a daredevil dad on a skateboard raced down a steep hill at 40mph before a cattle grid sent him nose diving into the floor – leaving his skin ‘hanging off’.
Nathan Barr used a long board, a slightly longer version of a skateboard, to hurtle down Horse Shoe Pass in Llangollen, North Wales, with his cousin’s girlfriend filming from the car behind.
The hair-raising footage shows the moment the planter operator realised it wasn’t going to end well as the board started getting uncontrollable ‘speed wobbles’.
However the 24-year-old did not realise just how painful and sudden this would be until he turned a corner to discover a cattle grid in his path – sending him skidding painfully across the tarmac.
Despite his skin being ‘shredded’ off his hands and body and there being ‘blood everywhere’, daring Nathan self-medicated with beer and even went to work the next day.
Nathan, from the Wirral, Merseyside, said: “It was like a human Temple Run.
“As soon as I saw the gate and the cattle grid I knew I was going to crash. I must have been going forty miles per hour.
“Just after the first barrier I started getting speed wobbles. You can see it in the video. I regained control but after then I knew that I was going too fast and couldn’t stop.
“After I approached the first corner and everything bent to the right I just knew I was going way too fast.
“There was just no way out without jumping off – as I got to that first barrier I knew I wanted to get off at that point.
“I saw the layby and I thought I could stop there but then I realised there was a gate in the way.
“Looking towards the main road I could see there was a cattle gird – but it was either the grid or the gate – and there was nothing the guys in the car could do.
“I realised I just had to ride it out.”
Watching the video, you can see the moment Nathan has to choose between a cattle grid and a layby blocked with a gate – he chooses the cattle grid and was left ‘covered in blood’.
Nathan said: “I got road rash after that. When I came to the grid I was thinking ‘this is going to hurt’.
“I just took it but my skin was hanging off and the first thing I did after that video ended was assess the damage.
“I started walking around to see if anything was broken. I just wanted to check everything was in place and on that level everything was okay.
“It was lucky the guys in the car stopped in time or they would have crushed me.
“I was covered in blood when they came over.
“My longboard broke as a result but I got road rash and my skin was shredded.
“That night we just carried on driving to our destination and I washed my wounds in a Welsh freshwater stream. Then after that I had a couple of beers to numb the pain.
“The next day when I woke up the bedsheets were sticking to me because of the blood so I had to peel myself off.
“I went to work and when I came home that night my boxers were sticking to my skin.
“I was glad I crashed where I did because if I would have carried on there were metal barriers and trees further down the road – it could have been ten times worse.
“From the first barrier onwards I was trying to think of a way out but I realised I just had to ride it – there was no way out because I was going too fast to stop.
“I’ve always been into extreme sports. Doing a parachute jump is on the list because that’s about the only thing I haven’t done.
“Last week I was climbing cranes – I just love the adrenaline rush.”