Skateboarder’s over-interstate trick garners mixed reactions

(Credit: Johnny Gomez)
(Credit: Johnny Gomez)

ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. (KRQE) – A skateboarder’s trick move that had him hovering above I-25 is garnering mixed reactions.

The picture – originally taken by photographer Johnny Gomez – was recently posted to the Facebook page ‘Inhabitants of Burque,’ but KRQE News 13 has learned it’s over a year old. Despite that, the picture is getting attention from people who hadn’t seen it before.

“Job security…” one commenter wrote. Another posted a face palm meme.

“It’s risky and dangerous. There’re probably better places to skateboard,” Kristin Solawetz said showed the picture Tuesday.

The daredevil behind the photo is David Lopez. The picture captured the moment he grinded the railing of the Montgomery/Montano I-25 overpass.

“I think it made an amazing photo,” Patrick Frey said, owner of BZ Skate Shop in Nob Hill.

Turns out, Frey knows Lopez.

“It’s just one of our team riders out doing his job, so to speak,” he said. “Getting photos and footage, that’s what you’re supposed to do as a skater to get sponsored.”

Frey says Lopez has been riding for his shop for five to six years, and is experienced and confident enough to pull off a stunt like this.

“It’s not extreme but…I would say if everything went wrong, it could go kind of bad,” he said.

Albuquerque police shared those sentiments.

“I mean, it’s a sweet move, but you’re going to get yourself killed,” Ofc. Simon Drobik said. “And fall onto somebody on the bottom of the freeway there and get other people hurt.”

Drobik says there’s nothing illegal about what Lopez did, but that skaters should save the cool tricks for the skate park — no matter how cool they are.

“A photo’s worth a thousand words, and that one’s definitely worth a lot of words,” Frey said.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Lopez Tuesday, who has since moved to California. Via phone, Lopez said he’s been skating for about 13 years and loves it. He said he would have never done this trick had he not been confident enough that he wouldn’t hurt himself or anyone else.

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