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The paraplegic water-jumper !

The paraplegic water-jumper ! (16 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
When a handicapped person in wheel chair throws himself to the sea... In Marseilles, a new sport is born like a joke.
© G. Robert./TheReportage.com
Categories: Sea, Extreme Sports, Offbeat, Men Interest, Sea sports

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In Marseilles, a new sport is born like a joke. "will throw you to Goudes....!" ( a creek near marseilles). BMX FREE STYLE impassioned took the joke with the word and installed a special springboard in the port of Goudes.

Today, the water-jump is integral part of the disciplines of FREESTYLE within the French Federation of Cycling and it has already its own rules.

The goal consists in being thrown in water with a BMX by carrying out several lifting figures after a passage on a springboard at full speed. The most insane figures are allowed, the reception not being dangerous by taking some precautions. (Helmet, jambieres, waistcoats). The water-jump allow many figures in rotation with a very weak taking risks for the riders.

It is a very spectacular discipline which allows all kinds of eccentricities...: High jump, in length, group...

In August, it is a paraplegic, Patrice Gentil who amazed crowd by the demonstration that it made. Installed on an armchair designed for the descent in any ground, it was launched out on several occasions on the springboard, drawn by a scooter prepared for the circumstance. Releasing the strap of towing at the last time, it was propelled in the airs before connecting figures and to fall down in the sea where its assistance team was waiting for him.

Patrice Gentil who is paralysed lower limbs is member of the association HANDI-EXTREME. The goal is to show that handicapped people can carry out true exploits.