Those in less fortunate countries are often forced to jump trains for transportation, or ride on the sides and roof because of overloading. Long ago this practice was commonplace for poorer Americans as well, but in 2005 a group of young Germans began to make this into a “thing.” They
viewed train jumping not as an inconvenience, but as an incredible opportunity. Thus was born the “sport” of train surfing in which people climb onto trains, "surf" on the roofs and hang precariously off the side while they are rumbling along at high speeds. If it sounds dangerous it’s because it is. You could fall off while climbing, get hit by an object as the train passes or, you know, get run over but a hundred ton train.