- The Montreal woman seen bus surfing in a viral video agreed to answer some of our questions about her act, its consequences, and the public reaction.
- This wasn't the daredevil's first public stunt.
The first week of February 2020 has definitely gotten people talking in Montreal. As a storm of nearly 40 centimetres hit the metropolis and residents had to find unusual means of transportation to get around the city, one young Montreal woman's choice was particularly controversial: she clung to a #24 STM bus travelling on rue Sherbrooke Ouest. It only took a few hours for her video, captioned "When you miss the bus," to go viral after the woman, Cassandre Thomas, 19, shared it with her 126,000 Instagram followers.
It wasn't just curiosity and amazement that drew viewers in, however. Many have also expressed concern about the legality of her actions and the danger to her safety and those on the road.
The SPVM confirmed to MTL Blog that it was investigating this incident, an act that qualifies as car surfing.
Surfers can earn fines between $1,000 and $3,000 as well as 12 demerit points. A Montreal police representative tells us that officers expect Thomas to receive a fine of $1,546.
Cassandre Thomas, who is from the island of Saint Martin and has been a Montrealer for only two years, agreed to answer all our questions about this daring stunt.
Questions and responses have been translated from French.
Watch the video of the stunt below.
Why did you perform this stunt in Montreal?
"It was something I had been thinking about doing for a while. I saw the snow, I saw that the road had no potholes because of it, so I thought it was time to do it."
How long did you take to plan this?
"It was an idea that had been in my head for a little while, but recently it's come back. I had to make sure the conditions were right and then I just did it."
We saw you didn't have any equipment. Have you thought about a helmet or protectors?
"No, I didn't think I'd necessarily need them. I knew it was going to go well."
Did you have a contingency plan in case it didn't go as planned?
"There were people with me who were ready to step in. I knew the people in the car that were following the bus.
"I had a plan that if the bus hit the brakes, I was going to fold over so I wouldn't go underneath... There were a lot of things planned and calculated. The bus wasn't supposed to turn according to its route, but if it did turn, I had a plan."
Had you thought about the legal consequences?
"I hadn't. I didn't realize it would be that bad at the time. It wasn't until everyone started talking about it that I realized how big it was."
Did you expect the police to intervene?
"No, I wasn't expecting it. Well, I mean... If I had seen myself at the time, yes. But I didn't think there would be so many consequences afterwards. The police are still reviewing the case.
"I've never gotten a ticket for my stunts."
Were you afraid of the consequences of your stunt?
"I've never really had any consequences. I've never been to the hospital, I've never really hurt myself. In fact, I'm used to it, I've been doing it since I was a little girl.
"There's a lot of training. I wouldn't recommend it to everybody. I live for it, I do it every day and there have never been any big consequences. I know what I'm doing. If I do something, it's because I know I can do it."
How do you feel about all the attention you've been getting online?
"A lot of people are talking about me in Quebec. I think it could be good, it could help me get noticed by producers. I think the exposure can be quite good."
Have you managed to get the attention of people in the stunt industry?
"Currently, I don't do stunts professionally, but I've received a few emails because of my video."
Are you planning another stunt already?
"I'm going back to Saint Martin for a couple of weeks, so I've got a few things planned there. Saint Martin is a lot looser, much less strict.
"For example, we don't even have traffic lights on the island. So I wasn't too familiar with them. When I arrived in Montreal, I took the metro for the first time... I wasn't used to living with so many restrictions and rules. That's why, for me, this stunt was no big deal."
If you had to do it all over again, would you?
"No, I wouldn't do it again. I didn't expect such a big impact, I didn't think people would react like that. I mean, to me, it was just another stunt. Something I cared about that I pulled off.
"I did it once, and I'm not gonna do it again."
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.