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by Dhamaka

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Jumping for Nige and Alfie

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one of my first ever action assignments

paintist says:

omg....I would love to watch that...but really not try it...I am so !

22nd Nov 2006, 11:17

Dhamaka says:

I love my job :D

22nd Nov 2006, 11:19


look at the jumpers!

22nd Nov 2006, 11:21

nige says:

it's all about that second one. cracker.

22nd Nov 2006, 11:26

Sprocket says:

That's just crazy.

People will be jumping off kitchen tables next, you mark my words.

22nd Nov 2006, 11:27

Dhamaka says:

it's all about setting things up so that when you're too scared to do whatever-it-is you've given yourself no choice ...

I was so cold that day - but it was all worth it

At the end of the coasteering, Helen (jumping in the second from last shot) told me she had been scared of the sea all her life and had never been in it deeper than her waist before.She hadn't said a thing, had done the jumping, the coasteering, the whirlpooling, swam everywhere and even went through a cliffside boiling pot. How cool is that!

22nd Nov 2006, 11:29

jle says:

wow and helen did the most adventurous pose while jumping

great shots well done!

22nd Nov 2006, 12:14

Alfie says:



22nd Nov 2006, 12:27

Now that is what I call jumping

22nd Nov 2006, 12:31

Euphro says:

Wow, great jumps! Which one is you?

22nd Nov 2006, 13:12

Sprocket says:

I think technically, it's "extreme falling", with added "avoiding death" thrown in for good measure.

22nd Nov 2006, 13:21

Dhamaka says:

Sprocket - that jump was only about 50 foot and relatively safe. I've done bigger and they get more technical

jle - yes, but she won't have been comfortable landing like that

Euphro - none of them on account of someone having to take the photos

22nd Nov 2006, 14:12

Euphro says:

Ah, I see :)

22nd Nov 2006, 14:14

looks like you're having a grand old time! taking jumping to the next level maaaan

22nd Nov 2006, 16:25

lou says:

fantastic shots!! mmmm yea, number 2 must have a few bruises after that landing!! shame u were stuck behind a camera ;-(
hope you had a go too though!

22nd Nov 2006, 17:43

Viv says:

exciting stuff

22nd Nov 2006, 19:10

eroika says:

That looks like fun!! Great shots!

22nd Nov 2006, 19:50

Caine says:


22nd Nov 2006, 20:16

mouse says:

How you gonna top that one then Nige?!

22nd Nov 2006, 20:46

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys

Lou - not as many as you might think, we were all wearing 2 or 3 wetsuits. I did join in - that's why I love my job :D

23rd Nov 2006, 00:16

purplemoon says:

and that was a real JUMP!... I wish I could jumping around like all of you right now :(

23rd Nov 2006, 10:06

Jesson says:

Feel the fear and then just do it, EH! Takes my breath away!

24th Nov 2006, 09:26

JokerXL says:

That looks like fun!
But I cry "no fair"
I could dig out some of my skydive pics, 13,000ft is a BIG jump!

24th Nov 2006, 10:06