Offbeat Video

By Katy Gill

Forget wakeboarding, this inventive designer and his family of farmers have created flake-boarding using a car bonnet.

Unable to find any hills near his home in Carmarthenshire, Wales, daring Duncan Evans strapped the scrapped bonnet of a Peugeot 206 to the back of a John Deere tractor.

Along with his relatives, the 27-year-old executed this ingenious twist on the classic summer sport of wake-boarding in under two hours on March 2.

Reaching speeds of up to 24mph, a rosy-cheeked Duncan struggles to hold on to his makeshift sledge and is flung off into the fresh powder.

Duncan said: “I live on a farm, so this seemed like the best thing we could do.

“Who likes walking back up the hill after you’ve just slid all the way down?

“The fastest we got up to was 24mph, which doesn’t sound crazy but when the tractor turns sharply it slings the car bonnet around in an arc which must double the speed.

“That’s the best part.”

The graphic designer said the improvised idea came to them when they couldn’t find any steep hills near enough to their home for sledging.

Duncan said: “We weren’t limited by the day light because the lights were so bright on the tractor.

“In fact, it was more fun in the dark.”

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