Staff Riding | A Documentary on Train Surfing in SA



Italian photographer Marco Casino and his team recently visited South Africa to make Staff Riding, a documentary on the dangerous sport of train surfing. It is part of a long-term project inspired by township lifestyle 20 years into democracy.


Staff Riding was shot in Katlehong, a township outside of Johannesburg. The majority of train surfers here are youngsters under the age of 25, and amputations and death are very common. The makers of Staff Riding see train surfing as a creative escape for an impoverished and repressed community, and they want to showcase it in a way that draws attention to the social and economical divide in South Africa.


Staff Riding has been selected as one of the winners of the IdeasTap‘s 30 Under 30 project and won first prize in the Online Short category at the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.




Photography, video, and sound recording: Marco Casino

Editing: Andrea Bertolotti

Sound Design: Salvo Delle Femmine

Equipment: Leica Camera Italia


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One Comment

  1. Beautifully shot. I hope this video brings as much attention to this dangerous ‘sport’ as it deserves.