Natural History Museum: Video shows skateboarder kickflip over dinosaur

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Four top skaters were given overnight access to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington - and this is what happened.

Skateboarders enjoyed a unique opportunity to test their skills among the dinosaurs when the Natural History Museum handed the keys to Red Bull.

For a week, skaters including six time X-Games gold medalist Leticia Bufoni, rising star Lore Bruggeman and Argentina’s Aldana Bertran, skated among the museum’s 80 million artefacts with the results captured in partnership with Canon.

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Skatepark designer Joe Ciaglia helped make good use of the exhibition spaces including the Minerals Hall and Hintze Hall, complete with Hope the whale. The trio of skaters were joined by skate legend Margie Didal and together they scoped out the museum overnight for spots that no one will ever skate again.

They took on benches in Minerals Hall, sessioned the rails at the entrance to the museum and freestyled across a tank containing a crocodile, before creating a ramp down the main stairs of Hintze Hall to kickflip over a velociraptor skeleton.

Leticia Bufoni said: “It was a historic moment for the skate scene. We are used to being kicked out of museums or their grounds, but on this occasion the Natural History Museum allowed us to come inside and create a park around their stuff.

“They had obviously never had ramps in there so it was cool to create them all and skate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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“I was pretty nervous skating around their artefacts. We were taking big risks to avoid damaging them. It was certainly one of the craziest nights of my life.”

Margielyn Didal, Leticia Bufoni, Aldana Bertran and Lore Bruggeman at the Natural History Museum in London. (Photo by Red Bull/Canon)Margielyn Didal, Leticia Bufoni, Aldana Bertran and Lore Bruggeman at the Natural History Museum in London. (Photo by Red Bull/Canon)
Margielyn Didal, Leticia Bufoni, Aldana Bertran and Lore Bruggeman at the Natural History Museum in London. (Photo by Red Bull/Canon) | Red Bull/Canon

Red Bull partnered with Canon to bring the project to life, utilising a broad range of imaging technology to capture all of the skate action inside the Natural History Museum.

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