Car surfing

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Car surfing (also known as Iowa surfing) is a dangerous thrill-seeking activity involving riding on the outside of a moving vehicle being driven by another person. It has resulted in numerous deaths, predominantly caused by head injuries.[1]

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Car surfing, a term introduced in the mid-1980s, is a dangerous thrill-seeking activity involving riding on the outside of a moving vehicle being driven by another person.[1] It has been popularized by the hyphy movement.[citation needed] It is similar to ghost-riding, except the vehicle remains under the nominal control of another person.

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A 2008 study by the United States Centers for Disease Control[1] identified 58 newspaper reports of car-surfing deaths and 41 reports of nonfatal injury from 1990 through summer 2008. Most reports of injury were found in U.S. Midwest and Southern newspapers (75%), largely involving males (70%) and youths aged 15–19 (69%). A majority (58%) of reported car surfing incidents ended in death.

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