Bus surfer slammed for filming himself riding atop London double-decker (VIDEO)
The footage, filmed on a head-mounted camera, was uploaded to YouTube by an “urban explorer” who posts daring videos to social media under the name DyingLlama.
The stunt, part of a new “bus surfing” craze, shows the man climbing a tree before jumping on to the bus’s roof while it is stopped, clinging on as it makes a journey around Elephant and Castle.
When the bus is stopped in traffic, the man gets up near the front edge of the bus, laughing and waving to people on the footpath below.
The footage ends with him scrambling down the side of the bus to safety. A man waiting at the bus stop looks shocked as the ‘surfer’ drops down in front of him.
Transport for London (TfL) called the stunt “idiotic,” and Metropolitan Police say they are investigating.
“Police are aware of this video and are looking into it,” a Met police spokesperson said.
“We urge people not to commit such an act as this, which is very dangerous and potentially life threatening to themselves or members of the public.”
The daredevil has warned people not to copy him, writing alongside the video online: “DO NOT ATTEMPT! MUCH RISKIER THAN IT LOOKS!”
The clip has been viewed more than 200,000 times.
A note under the video plays tribute to photographer Christopher Serrano, who died on Wednesday in New York while trying to trainsurf near Brooklyn.
Sad day for the photo world. RIP heavy_minds. pic.twitter.com/OwpBX4LavT— Teddy Brosevelt (@mozzsticks4lyfe) October 6, 2016
According to New York Magazine, the 25-year-old was renowned on Instagram for his daring photos taken atop skyscrapers.
“It’s a very good reminder that despite how easy and fun this stuff looks, it’s extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be recreated,” DyingLlama posted.
DyingLlama has posted similar clips showing stunts including climbing across rooftops and on the 02 Arena.