Slomo: The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid | Op-Docs | The New York Times

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Ali Rahn
Ali Rahn - 2 days ago
you can probably tune into that acceleration vibe IN meditation. i wonder. or just at any / every moment, even...
Ali Rahn
Ali Rahn - 2 days ago
*’zero gravity’ *posture? maybe
Ali Rahn
Ali Rahn - 2 days ago
is it ‘zero gravity’ ? i wonder.
Ali Rahn
Ali Rahn - 2 days ago
or ‘levitating’ kind of vibe
Ali Rahn
Ali Rahn - 2 days ago
it’s kind of a ‘hovering’ vibe. i think
duniel3000 - Month ago
Great, inspirational stroy. I liked: "I try to regress to what I think is about eleven and a half, which is the last of the idealistic years before the testosterone and all the other stuff takes off"
Jon Detka
Jon Detka - Month ago
Such Joy! Thank you for sharing your story Slomo. Roll on!
Rich Hayter Skater
Rich Hayter Skater - Month ago
I freakin' love this story!  "Do what you want to."  Class!
Amy Sacco
Amy Sacco - Month ago
Beyond inspirational. This man is a legend and the videography is perfect.
Nuno Ribeiro
Nuno Ribeiro - Month ago
DrinkingStar - Month ago
I totally understand Slomo. He has found his Shangri-la. I am a 74 year old beach bum who has also found his Shangri-la. Shangri-la is not a place but rather a state of mind. Shangri-la is any place where you can "do what you want" and be the person you want to be. Once you try to conform to the norms of commercialism and social expectations, you are not the person you want to be. When you are yourself, you are happy. Keep things in your life simple and seek only what you need to be truly happy. Happiness is the only thing that matters in life. Without happiness, fame, fortune and health are worthless.

Find the place you love and be yourself by doing what you want to do. When you do, you will understand what life is all about. You will be Enlightened. You will then understand what Slomo is saying and telling you.

I would advise those who do not understand nor where to begin that they see to movies. One is "Lost Horizons". The other is "The Razor's Edge"(1946 version). Once you do, then read the novels by the same name by Hilton and by Maugham. I also suggest the movie, "Life Guard" because I think Slomo would appreciate what Sam Elliot( the life guard is saying about wealth/success and happiness. Maybe Sam would want to star a movie about Slomo.
Gary Mabs
Gary Mabs - 2 months ago
Good video every time....
Julio Jimenez
Julio Jimenez - 2 months ago
Reminds me of my teenage years 😢
Mirko San San
Mirko San San - 2 months ago
I love this video. I watch it from time to time and think about it as I kayak the beautiful rivers of Oregon.
bsb1975 - 2 months ago
It would be far more inspiring a story if he continued to work training new doctors despite his oncoming disability. Instead, he comes across as a guy who made a pile of money and wants to spend his remaining days with vision roller skating. He has my sympathy for his blindness, but this man is not a hero.
C D - 3 months ago
My family and I had the privilege of talking to him on the San Diego boardwalk. He was a very kind man and incredibly intelligent man and a wonderful soul. He actually remembered us from past visits, and took time aside from his day just to talk with us. It was amazing to hear his views on life and a pleasure to talk with him.
Michael Garske
Michael Garske - 3 months ago
Just had the opportunity to meet SloMo. Awesome dude, just wish I could have skated with him!
Max Hummler
Max Hummler - 3 months ago
To make it short - great inspiring story ;)
Japhy VanSanity
Japhy VanSanity - 4 months ago
I’ve literally watched this five times it’s like a movie, this guy should definitely have a Hollywood take on what it means to truly live ‘slo mo’ 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Marco Abyss
Marco Abyss - 4 months ago
i just got a pair of inline skates about a month ago. this is exactly the inspiration i'm looking for.
Edgar Perret-Gentil
Edgar Perret-Gentil - 4 months ago
which skates are those he rolls on sebas or gyros?
Kararch - 5 months ago
Why Americans always need that single epiphany to finally wake up? ^^
yixnorb - 5 months ago
He's the sort of guy that you do not need to know to love.
tgooding - 5 months ago
Copernican Revolution 2.0
Copernican Revolution 2.0 - 6 months ago
Resonates strongly here. Using unicycle and OneWheel. But experience sounds very similar! 🙏🏼🌻🐳
Thirty and Rollin
Thirty and Rollin - 6 months ago
Love this video and way of life!
Londonfogey - 6 months ago
I would like to know more about the scientific side of this. I often experience mild elation when cycling, but I assumed this was due to dopamine release during exercise.
Heaven Above Earth Below
Heaven Above Earth Below - 6 months ago
Sorry, there is no "center of the Earth", there is only Up and Down, since we live on a plane. Watch some good flat earth videos like GlobeBusters on YouTube. It is so sad when I see people still stuck ion that old paradigm from 1700 . Newton, though we use math he created, did not believe in gravity. There is no evidence that gravity exists and it is easily disproven that there is a gravity that pulls things towards an imaginary center of a big ball that we live on the surface of.
letsif - 6 months ago
Existential solution to the mystery of life
Mairen Oates
Mairen Oates - 6 months ago
I'm from PB and I love this man with all my heart. He has been a huge part of my childhood and still is today (I just saw him today on the boardwalk lol). This man is great
Alexei R
Alexei R - 6 months ago
Good to know he still hanging around :-)
ludia - 7 months ago
besties to the cameraman also!!!!! great shots!
AJ Bright
AJ Bright - 7 months ago
Wonderful. I’m a hard core rollerblader. And I totally get this. And I truly understand what he’s saying about the feeling of skating in the zone of euphoria. What an amazing piece. Great job NYT!
MOOG FAN - 7 months ago
Keratoconus is the eye condition they are describing possibly - there are special contacts for this.
Divertissement Monas
Divertissement Monas - 7 months ago
Roller skating, best feeling in the world! Well done, Dr John Kitchin. Most people going through life not feeling this type of energy and freedom. Good physical explanation however, doesn't even come close to the actual feeling and experience. It is totally spiritual and one actually feels alive!
Srbin - 7 months ago
Was living in San Diego for about 10 years. Passed by Slomo many times. As he liked to cruise on rollers, I liked to cruise on bicycle. One day I was on the beach with wife and baby... he passed by, and told my son - "maybe you will be our leader one day"... and he slowly moved forward. Today, about 10 years later, I am living in Germany. For whatever reason, mentioned Slomo, while talking to my son (now he is 12). That brought this memory back and I showed to my son this video. Very touching... Anyway, I envision myself in a small wooden house and small garden, next to the river bank, back in my hometown, after many years abroad...To do what I want to do...Thank you Slomo for making my plan stronger.
JenTyme - 7 months ago
At 8:30 The Benefits of Skating are explained
peter carkagis
peter carkagis - 8 months ago
good on you Doctor Slomo , enjoy your life, we all should follow your phylosophy
Robert Spitfire
Robert Spitfire - 8 months ago
At the end of the video I've felt so emotional and I'm seeing in the comment section that others did too. I wonder why, what is the psychology for that? Is it because we're watching a man achieving something that we would like too, is it because of the music or other factors?
Adam Langlois
Adam Langlois - 8 months ago
Retired doctor, a modern philosopher. Its cold as a witch's tit out but I'm gonna skate anyway
Luis Ignacio Hernandez Gonzalez
Wheres this guy at?
Bertrice - 8 months ago
when he dies someone will take his place . I guess that's me
underwaterman - 8 months ago
best video in ages
John Doe
John Doe - 8 months ago
What about Schlomo the diamond merchant?
Kay Dream
Kay Dream - 9 months ago
Very inspirational, thanks so much
ambiguousdreams1 - 9 months ago
Shady Grady
Shady Grady - 10 months ago
do what thou wilt
TRK RDY Vette - 10 months ago
My first day living in PB I saw slomo and thought wow. What drug is he on. No drugs. Just living life.
Michael Philip Reed
Michael Philip Reed - 11 months ago
Super thoughful, super well done. The Narrative/Visual combination is on point, full of depth. Thank you!
Count DuBlevay
Count DuBlevay - 11 months ago
Dick Steel
Dick Steel - 11 months ago
I've been skating since I was 4 and quit around 14 (Life got in the way) and honestly I haven't been happy since, and have been looking for a freedom to get out of myself and this brought me to tears.
I'm gonna stand up out of this bed now and dust my skates off and go explore the city. Thank you for reminding me that this is just a dream. I'll catch you on the other side Slomo. May love be with you good sir.
Dick Steel
Dick Steel - 11 months ago
@Bala Hormiga Than I wish you the best sir. Sorry trying to type with a massive cat on the keyboard..
Bala Hormiga
Bala Hormiga - 11 months ago
I'm soon to be 59 and enjoy skating immensely. I hope to retire soon and plan on living where the sun shines and the weather is "skatable" everyday!
22Tech - Year ago
what a nice video, bravo!
Christian - Year ago
Had someone call me Slomo, while I was skating this past weekend. :)
Tigger - Year ago
Not so long ago I realized: if you do something crazy (something that doesn't affect anyone negatively), people react positively to it.
So he is doing nothing more than just something crazy. And you react to it positively. That's it.
If you want some new friends, do something crazy (without getting on anyone's nerves of course)!
David Tinnerello
David Tinnerello - Year ago
Never do I say that rich people get it. I'm not saying that he is loaded, but as a doctor, he made some money. This well off an has got IT. HE UNDESTANDS!
David Tinnerello
David Tinnerello - Year ago
Lateral acceleration. That explanation is religious. It's beautiful!
alliebchongo - Year ago
This is literally my goal in life
Satori Awakening
Satori Awakening - Year ago
brown_kid _productions
What is this dude high on
AlteredPages - Year ago
Glad for him. How realistic is it for most people? Family, bills, responsibilities. Wish it was as easy as he makes it sound.
tom schmitt
tom schmitt - Year ago
I ran into SLOMO on Pacific Beach today...a real gentleman.
He inspired me to start living my life intentionally, I hope others are similarly moved!!
Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown - Year ago
Wow! What a moving short doco. At first I thought this guy was simple, but of course, things are not that simple, and it turns out that this is a simple person. I wish him to enjoy the longest glide ever.
Gregory Hoaja Inline Skater
I have tears of joy for this man.
Lynn L.
Lynn L. - Year ago
Beutiful video
Jeffrey Gillespie
Jeffrey Gillespie - Year ago
13:28 killed me. "HELLO PURPLE. You're wearing purple." Classic.
Londonfogey - 6 months ago
I chuckled at that too. I guess because he can't recognise faces, he perhaps recognises some people by the colour of their clothing.
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