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January 30, 2012 4:05 AM   Subscribe

Awesome weird gymnastic wall coolness! Neat article from the NYT on new quasi-sport, Wall Trampoline. Bonus points for mentioning the school in Quebec where Cirque du Soleil kids train. Enjoy!
posted by Lipstick Thespian (25 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Talk about fly on the wall! They fly!
posted by Goofyy at 4:14 AM on January 30, 2012


Weirdest thing...just last week I found an awesome random youtube clip of this sport and showed it to my physics students as a way to discuss mechanical energy.

Turns out I was into wall trampoline before it was cool! before I knew what it was, in fact
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:21 AM on January 30, 2012


Oh no, please don't show this to my wife. She already wants to buy a trampoline; now she'll want a wall, too.
posted by uncleozzy at 4:43 AM on January 30, 2012 [5 favorites]


I am disappointed that there was not a trampoline on the wall as well. I am also disappointed that it takes great skill and risks injury because those guys made it look SO easy!!!
posted by b33j at 4:53 AM on January 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


uncleozzy, you don't have a wall?
posted by b33j at 4:53 AM on January 30, 2012


For some reason trampoline makes me think: "You're going to break your neck!" Even things much more death defying, like flipping a motor cycle, don't raise the hairs on the back of my neck as much.
posted by OmieWise at 5:04 AM on January 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


uncleozzy, you don't have a wall?

I've really had enough of parietonormative assumptions here on Metafilter.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:08 AM on January 30, 2012 [14 favorites]


"New" quasi sport? Cave Johnson came up with this years ago, and he was paying folks sixty dollars to try it out!
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:21 AM on January 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Just a few more years and all our Ender's Game fantasies can come true.

Hopefully without Card's hate-filled homophobia.
posted by Fizz at 5:23 AM on January 30, 2012


I like the pictures. There should have been more pictures to illustrate the coolness of those activites.
posted by davidng8585 at 5:37 AM on January 30, 2012


"...injuries are common..."

The hell you say.
posted by lastobelus at 5:58 AM on January 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


My little sister (a gymnast) used to do this off the roof of our one-story house onto the trampoline in our backyard when we were teenagers. This was especially fun because the backyard was fenced, and from the sidewalk outside our house, the trampoline wasn't visible. So she'd wait until people were walking by, walking their dogs or something, and then my other sister and I would yell DON'T DO IT!!! Then she'd leap off the roof, much to the horror of the dog-walkers, only to spiral back up in a twist or crazy flip and land on the roof again. Fun times.
posted by mothershock at 6:05 AM on January 30, 2012 [7 favorites]


God that looks like fun.

I hated gym class. I particularly hated the part of every year where we did a unit on gymnastics -- all that being on high things, trying to lob my fat ass over things, or putting my head on the ground and then trying not to break my neck as I flipped my fat ass above it -- but I fucking loved the shit out of the trampoline.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:08 AM on January 30, 2012


That is great. It's like vert skateboarding without the annoyance of the skateboard! Maybe they should call it "Trampoline Vert" to tie it in even further to the extreme sports concept.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on January 30, 2012


So, when you jump from the wall to the trampoline, does it just naturally fling you back up to the place you jumped from? My intuition tells me that you should go flying in the other direction, but then I don't have much experience with trampolines.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 6:25 AM on January 30, 2012


uncleozzy drops a googlewhackblatt.
posted by pjenks at 6:38 AM on January 30, 2012


For some reason trampoline makes me think: "You're going to break your neck!"
When my brother-in-law was working as an ER doctor, he said a lot of his business came from trampoline users.
posted by MtDewd at 6:54 AM on January 30, 2012


I think we all assume that tramapoline starts like this and ends like this.
posted by ianhattwick at 7:20 AM on January 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


Youtube's already got plenty of head-and-neck injury videos but this adds the possibility of scraping-face-down-wall videos too!

Looks like mad fun though.
posted by chairface at 7:33 AM on January 30, 2012


and then my other sister and I would yell DON'T DO IT!!!

mothershock, I love you sooooo much!
posted by IAmBroom at 7:38 AM on January 30, 2012


“The ultimate goal is to have wall trampoline be in the X Games,”

That may be the most 1996 sentence ever.
posted by FatherDagon at 8:37 AM on January 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


First saw a wall trampoline routine as a formal element at Circus Smirkus this past summer. I love how it looks cool, but also looks just plain fun. Are you ever to old to run away and join a circus?
posted by meinvt at 8:59 AM on January 30, 2012


Awesome!! Oh dear, this reminded the of the one time my tombstone almost said "Beloved Son, 1981-1992."

My dad built a shed for him with a fort for us on top, essentially a two-story fort. We realized we could pull the trampoline up next to it and jump out of the fort window, which was way better than just jumping off the one-story house's roof. But one day I had the idea to jump off the roof of the fort (just getting up there was to cheat death), which was probably closer to 2.5 stories. That went well for a while; the worst that would happen was I'd land on the trampoline and then bounce off and land on the ground. Then I wanted to do some of those tricks like Mr. Julien Professional was doing in the video. So I went to do the thing where you land on your back and then land back on your feet, except from 2.5 stories up. I jump, land on my back just fine, but my sideways trajectory throws me back towards the fort, only upside down from somehow flipping in mid-air, where I hit the second-story wall of it upside down, slide all the way down and land on my head, miraculously unharmed.

My friend watched in horror until he saw I was fine, and then--as all boys do in such situations--he laughed.
posted by resurrexit at 9:24 AM on January 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


So she'd wait until people were walking by, walking their dogs or something, and then my other sister and I would yell DON'T DO IT!!!

I used to be a tour guide for my university. One of our fraternities basically attempted the same thing during one of my tours of 60 + people. I don't know if it make anyone in the tour group more likely to attend the university, but at least they'll remember the tour...
posted by TofuGolem at 9:33 AM on January 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am disappointed that there was not a trampoline on the wall as well.

This place has you covered. I keep suggesting we go there for a team-building exercise just to see who survives.
posted by The Tensor at 10:13 AM on January 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


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