Dubbed the ‘Messi’ of the parkour world, Dimitris Kyrsanidis, (2014 -2015 champion of Red Bull’s ‘Art of Motion’ parkour contest), was recently in Buenos Aires to film a short movie of him crossing the city free style.
For those who are unfamiliar, parkour is a sport that usually takes place in an urban environment, participants known as traceurs, jump, climb and run across obstacles, to get to the destination in the fastest and most efficient way.
How often have you gotten into a taxi and given the driver an address in broken Spanish, only to arrive and realize you’re in a completely different part of town to where you thought you’d be? Probably quite often, unless of course you’re an old hand at this, in which case hats off, we salute you.
When in a rush, we’re prone to quickly tapping an address into the Uber or BA Taxi app, blindly going on a private tour of Buenos Aires. While you’re comfortably seated, blissfully unaware of where exactly you’re going, your driver is taking you to Avenida Sarmiento, not the calle Sarmiento you had in mind.
Damn you Buenos Aires, and your similar street names! Next time, why not think of trying parkour as your preferred mode of transport? No, really.
Picture this, you’ve actually managed to bag yourself a ticket to see the Superclásico (the iconic Boca Juniors. vs. River Plate soccer match), and in your excitement (or lack of foresight, you pick) you forget in which stadium it’s taking place. So you end up in River Plate’s Monumental instead of Boca’s La Bombonera. Spoiler alert: they’re on complete opposite ends of the city. What do you do now?
With only 30 minutes to go until kickoff, you can write off the bus or subte, honey. Your options are basically limited to having a nervous breakdown and parkour. Free runner Dimitris Kyrsanidis shows us how to get across town, seemingly in a matter of minutes (disclaimer: we don’t know how many takes it *actually* took him to look this cool).
Kyrsanidis seems to transcend the laws of gravity, fearlessly challenging what is humanly possible and of course, making it seem much easier than it actually is. If we could all get across town this quickly, I’m sure we’d never take the colectivo again.