Parkour team breaks tons of rules while shooting promo video at Joshua Tree National Park

May 25, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Parkour team breaks tons of rules while shooting promo video at Joshua Tree National Park

May 25, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Sadly, it’s nothing new that tourists or photo and video enthusiasts harm natural parks and nature in general only to take the shot. But the recent rule violation in Joshua Tree National Park is pretty impressive – not in a good way. English parkour team Storror visited the national park to film promo videos for their team and clothing line. They didn’t only break one rule, but the disrespectful and wrongful actions kept coming one after another.

Before you play the first video, be warned: there is plenty of strong language (particularly the F-word).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y0R-u1FLOo

YouTube video

The team has published two videos, and the longer one (the first one above) shows the violation of several park rules. The first one is flying the drone, which is forbidden everywhere in the park according to the National Park Service website. At the very beginning, one of the guys says that flying a drone is forbidden and you can get fined. Then he asks the team member: “Are you gonna fly the drone.” And the other guy confidently says “yes.” Remember the “so hardcore” meme? That was my first thought.

At one point, while a team member is packing the drone, you can hear them talking about birds attacking it. I wasn’t able to find any regulations regarding birds, but I can only assume you could (and should) get fined if you kill or hurt a bird in the national park. And the drone’s propellers could easily hurt them.

While we’re at animals, there are more rule violations regarding them. The team encounters a snake. they film it and discuss grabbing it by the head. KCET points out they may have bothered the snake, but it’s not captured in the video.

Lastly, in this longer video, the crew of “badass” young men lights a bonfire. According to the National Park Service, this is also forbidden outside of campsites and picnic sites with provided fire grates. Although, I’m pretty sure you only need some rational thinking and respect for nature not to light a bonfire in the protected area, especially if there’s a risk of causing the fire to spread.

Although the first video shows all these rule violations, sadly, it’s not all. In the second video, you can see, at the very beginning, that a parkour team member is running and jumping on a bent tree. Okay, he doesn’t harm it, but as they point out on KCET, “it isn’t a great idea for the tree’s long-term health.” Personally, I’ve seen a couple of dumbheads destroy young trees this way, so – it’s definitely not a good idea.

It’s still not known whether or not Storror had the filming permit, as it’s necessary for every commercial filming or photography. Judging from their attitude, I know what my guess is. But anyway, even if they’ve had the permission, it doesn’t mean they’d been entitled to doing whatever they wanted and putting themselves, plants and animals at risk.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that people destroy something in a national park or get themselves in danger. It’s not the last one either. It’s sad to see that people would do anything to get the shots and then views and likes on social media. I may sound like a grumpy old lady, but I think some rules are there for a reason. And nature is something we should respect and protect, even at the price of not getting “the perfect shot.”

[Editor’s note: the videos apparently were removed after we published the article]

[via KCET]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

34 responses to “Parkour team breaks tons of rules while shooting promo video at Joshua Tree National Park”

  1. Shannon Avatar
    Shannon

    I can’t wait to see the “hardcore” fines they recieve once they get hauled into court.

  2. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    I look at it like this: would you like it if a wild animal entered your house and started running amock? Probably not. Then why won’t people stay out of the animal’s habitats? They have less and less places to go to.

  3. En defensa de la y griega Avatar
    En defensa de la y griega

    The only rule a photographer can break is the rule of thirds… ??

  4. Liziel Estacio Avatar
    Liziel Estacio

    What else do they do that we don’t know? How can they be trusted? They’re self absorbed and don’t think about anyone or anything else but themselves.

    1. mobby Avatar
      mobby

      they are scum.. human scum with no respect…. lets call it by it´s name.

      1. Tom Lane Avatar
        Tom Lane

        They jumped on some rocks. That’s a bit of an over reaction.

        1. Liziel Estacio Avatar
          Liziel Estacio

          Jumped on some rocks? That’s a bit of an understatement. They pretty much did what they wanted without a second thought for the sanctuary that JT provides not only for people, but for the wild animals and plants of the region. They lit up fire where they weren’t supposed to, that careless decision could have caused very serious damage. They flew a drone, when they knew 100% it was illegal (illegal to protect the birds, as seen in their video were disturbed by the drone). They could have damaged trees that take years to grow because of their stunts. They camped where they weren’t supposed to and possibly caused a mess that nobody even knows about. But yeah, they just jumped on rocks because they are obviously respectful and reasonable people *sarcastic drip*

  5. Reader Avatar
    Reader

    Lets face it – these oh so cool guys are giving a s*t on others, so why should they care about nature, law or other crap of our society as long as they can sell their stuff.
    And then, they will complain that “society” does not accept their sports nor their culture and that they’ve been sooooo bad treated….

  6. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    I don’t even call this “parkour”, it’s only running and jumping around. Too bad none of them has been wounded…
    Just hoping their sponsors (if they have some) will stop helping them !
    Just in case some of you don’t know what real parkour is :
    https://youtu.be/yMmrDpsYr0s

    1. Tom Lane Avatar
      Tom Lane

      The fact that you disapprove of what they did gives you no justification to wish harm upon someone. They jumped on some rocks, and flew a drone. It’s not like they were intentionally trying to destroy and damage anything. They just wanted to capture the beauty of the area.

  7. Randy Dalton Avatar
    Randy Dalton

    It would be nice if they were all tracked down and fined substantially.

    1. Shachar Weis Avatar
      Shachar Weis

      They removed the videos from youtube, I hope they are getting heat from this.

    2. Randy Dalton Avatar
      Randy Dalton

      That does something, but they haven’t suffered any consequences for their actions.

    3. Shachar Weis Avatar
      Shachar Weis

      I hope it means someone found them and reported to the authorities

    4. Randy Dalton Avatar
      Randy Dalton

      I hope so. I take much pleasure in visiting our national parks and monuments and I do not like to see people abuse them.

  8. Gabriel Daabul Avatar
    Gabriel Daabul

    Honestly I don’t see anything wrong with running at the park and climbing rocks.
    About the Drone, as long as they’re not hurting anyone what’s the problem ?
    Seems to me like somebody saw their videos and just looked for some reason to get mad.
    I don’t believe these people are not respecting the nature just because they’re practicing their sport there.

    1. SueBee Avatar
      SueBee

      Hey Gabriel, please don’t visit our park.

      1. Gabriel Daabul Avatar
        Gabriel Daabul

        I’m all for protecting nature and I also get mad when people leave their trash and don’t respect nature.

        But as I see here, aside from drone flying and illegal fire, a bunch of kids climbing rocks and trees make no harm.
        It seriously looks like you just assume the worst.

        1. george J. Avatar
          george J.

          THIS.
          because nobody in their younger years did something as stupid.. come on guys they broke a couple of rules (and deserve a fine for this of course) but are not evil superhero villains.

          1. Liz E Avatar
            Liz E

            Actually, yeah. A lot of people in their younger years didn’t do a lot of stupid crap. Some of us aren’t disrespectful and that’s a good thing.

        2. markelliot2002 Avatar
          markelliot2002

          Wow I may ‘old’ fashioned, but whatever happen to ‘obeying’ the rules? Whether or not YOU don’t see any ‘harm’ doesn’t remove the rule/law. Situational ethics…it appears rules only apply to you when you see fit and when it’s inconvenient or not to our liking, they don’t apply…I am sure you would be the first to holler fowl if another rule breaker decided that breaking into your home was a rule they could ignore….

    2. Liz E Avatar
      Liz E

      They pretty much did what they wanted without a second thought for the sanctuary that JT provides not only for people, but for the wild animals and plants of the region. They lit up fire where they weren’t supposed to. That careless decision could have caused very serious damage. They flew a drone when they knew 100% it was illegal to (to protect the birds. Birds attacking their drone in their video could have been injured). They most likely damaged trees that take years to grow just to do their stunts. They camped where they weren’t supposed to and possibly caused a mess that nobody even knows about.

      1. Jeff Avatar
        Jeff

        Hey Liz aren’t you the one sounding self absorbed? They clearly did no harm to anyone, or damaged anything. You seem to be over reacting to a few misdemeanours and pretentious “park rules”. The fire they lit was controlled and out of harms way what’s the big deal. Lol “damaged trees” they are meant to be climbed, what do u think animals are the only ones allowed to climb a tree? These guys are professional and know what they’re doing probably would do a better job then some of the grumpy old whingers here.

        1. Liz E Avatar
          Liz E

          Let’s see, your words are: “a few misdemeanors and pretentious park rules, what’s the big deal, trees meant to be climbed, probably would do a better job, etc” No, I’m not the one self absorbed. You are. Instead of admitting that what they did was wrong, you instead belittled the rules just because you want to see a couple of immature wannabe​ YouTube stars jump around.

          And no, those trees weren’t supposed to be climbed. Any animal that climb those types of trees aren’t anywhere around that weight of a grown man. Just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should do whatever the hell you want. This place holds a special place to a lot of people and what was done was disrespectful, something you do so well.

          Just because the fire was contained, it doesn’t make it okay. Should we have waited for something terrible to happen before they start following the rules? You and those kinds of people are not above the law or the rules. If you disagree, too bad. It’s a national park. It belongs to the people here and it’s protected from jerks like you.

  9. Isaiah York Avatar
    Isaiah York

    Forgive my ignorance (don’t have time to watch 10 minutes of footage right now), but did they really harm anything? Last time something similar was posted under a headline that read something like “photogs trample/destroy hot springs” and they were where they weren’t supposed to be, but the only danger was to themselves, not the spring. Again, I could be in the dark here since I’m not watching full video, but the pieces I saw looked like a bunch of people just running around on rocks. Nothing my children wouldn’t have attempted…

    1. Karen Padilla Avatar
      Karen Padilla

      Like you not having time to watch, they didn’t have time to go online to check the rules for proper behavior and rules in the National Parks. Lighting fires, climbing on the trees, flying drones and harassing the wildlife is against the rules. They burned a tree, they knew it was illegal to fly drones in the park and did it anyway which caused the birds in the park to be disturbed and possibly hurt, they harassed snakes and were in the park at night. Photographers and production companies must not cause damage to anything in the park, which is the same rule for other visitors, and they need permission to be in the park after dark in areas that are restricted. These lands are delicate and we are trying to preserve them. That’s why there are rules. It’s protected land we are now trying to protect from yahoos that do stupid things to our government that would destroy them. The Parks are the heart and soul of our beautiful country and are meant to be enjoyed by everyone and not meant to be destroyed by idiots.

    2. Randy Kasal Avatar
      Randy Kasal

      No, just like them, no time to check facts/rules.

      1. Liz E Avatar
        Liz E

        In the video, they were handed a pamphlet at the gate about the park. There’s information on it. There are signs where rules are posted. They had time and they even said they knew it was illegal to fly a drone. They still did it anyway.

  10. Maxim Bulat Avatar
    Maxim Bulat

    Those doing parkour usually spend too much time doing … hmm .. parkour at the expense of some other activities. Imho they need to be penalized for what they have done.

  11. mobby Avatar
    mobby

    trumps america…. a president that lies when he opens his mouth .. there is no respect anymore.. at all.

  12. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Every National Park has rules for production companies and people who photograph in the the parks. And even if you are just visiting. Shame on them for not following the rules. Vistiors to the parks and our country should look up those rules before entering. As a photographer, I have to check to see if I need a permit to shoot or if I can use a tripod to shoot. Before you go anywhere check their website for rules. They are published. Don’t understand them – they list their phone number so you can call with questions. And don’t harass the wildlife. They can kill you.

  13. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    No, but it is all about the money and the fame. Such a same. The asshole should be charged to the full extent of the law. It’s all about the money and fame. Such a sad world.

  14. Noah Tahl Avatar
    Noah Tahl

    It seems the videos have gone private. I wonder why? Could it be they were attracting negative publicity?

  15. Malika soinoa Avatar
    Malika soinoa

    Ay, cut the crud. We all know y’all who are even attacking them are probably trump supporters who don’t care about the environment and just act like you do. Because if you did care. You wouldn’t be supporting a president who sought to get rid of the clean land and water act which has been protecting our lands and rivers for over 50 some years. Next time you start a debate about judging whether these incriminating small acts of wrongdoing at Joshua Tree from some random English Parkour YouTube channel group had any real effect on the environment, when it really didn’t do jack compared to what our president is doing to our environment (this is all true and if you don’t believe me here it is https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/trump-administration-rolls-back-clean-water-protections.html you are welcome). That’s exactly how you know who really cares and who’s putting up an act to sound like they care about their environment for a second because you can’t talk about following rules and stuff like that if you are going to break them and make it so you can have some extra expendable use of money for your business to thrive but meanwhile strip away the land we live off of by the use of fossil fuels and crude oil. If you guys actually cared, we wouldn’t be allowing big business to dump all their excess gunk, oil, and all that other nasty stuff into our environment into the first place. One last thing, The people commenting down on this post have probably never heard of this group in the first place. You are all making assumptions based on what you’ve seen in like what one to two videos. Their original intentions for that video were to just train at that location and get it on the damn camera and represent their clothing brand (pretty harmless intentions). Just because they overlooked the rules for a damn second. None of y’all can act like you guys don’t litter and pollute crap all over the streets and into our atmosphere on a daily basis. None of you people are converting to electric cars and investing in ways to get more advanced technology so we can actually preserve our earth. Instead of turning our skies to smog and oceans into landfills. Also I am not a Democrat nor a Republican. Mainly because both sides have terrible leaders and policy’s. Neither side can carry out the demands of people and what is really right for this country. Enough of politics, but you get the idea. Don’t speak about a subject or topic you don’t have prior knowledge about or don’t know the full stories to. You will mislead people and give them the wrong information. Causing confusion and a whole lot of other problems. The only reason I have wrote this essay was because of the ignorance down in this comment section. I love this country and so do you. Let others know that America aren’t the dumb people that other countries think we are and that we aren’t the “richest country in the world” for nothing. Go out there and make change, change promotes growth and that’s the best thing to move forward for our country. Get educated! Nature is one of the beauty’s of this world we live in. Preserve it, Cherish it, and Don’t let anyone take nature away from us. We were put on this planet to protect it and live upon its resources!!! The sole purpose of this was so that it opens up the brains of people who reads this and put some thought into what I’ve said. I’m not the wisest but I’m definitely not the dumbest. I am merely a philosopher on life, innovation, economics, politics, mental and physical well beings, and the state of the ground and skies we live upon. Thanks for coming to my TED TALK. (even though this was 3 years ago, I’m still hoping someone will read this and at least spread some thought into it) and not just get angry and leave a nasty mean ole comment. Alright, actually for reals this time DEUCES!