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Death-defying vlogger shows us what it’s like to surf a train

It's only the latest in Pasha Bumchik's series of stunt and prank videos.


Dylan Love

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 31, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 1:41 am CDT

Pasha Bumchik has broken all laws of common sense and safety.

The 18-year-old Ukrainian vlogger has a well-trafficked YouTube channel showing him and his friends engaging in all order of mischievous daredevilry. He descends the face of a building while dressed as Spiderman; he lights his farts on fire. The most recent upload has sent viral ripples throughout the Internet in the two days it’s been viewable—it offers us a head-mounted GoPro camera view of Bumchik surfing the roof of a train in what appears to be Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

The antics start early in Bumchik’s death-defying adventure. Before his feet ever meet the roof of the train, he jumps the metro turnstile and slides down a long escalator, jumping over the metro employee waiting for him at the bottom. He boards a train, escaping detection, and rides to another station to make a transfer unlike any you’ve seen before.

Bumchik then climbs over a razor-wire fence and waits on top of an awning for the train below to depart. He drops to the roof of the train just as it exits the station and rides it across a river, standing upright for a full minute. He eventually drops down to the coupling between cars and makes a hasty escape once the train stops at its next station.

The teen already has quite the reputation as a prankster and stuntman, but his latest video seems to raise the bar significantly in terms of how much he’s willing to risk his life. It’s unclear if Bumchik’s video might provide authorities with cause to take legal action against him.

Kevin Ortiz, spokesperson for New York City’s MTA, said that if Bumchik had tried his stunt on a subway train, “this idiot would be arrested on the spot.”

Screengrab via Pasha Bumchik/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 31, 2015, 3:20 pm CDT