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ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 09:57 AM
Tex's Friend: "Hey, I can start by jumping off the dock"
Tex: "Oh yeah, thats nothin...here, hold my beer"

story continues below

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 10:02 AM
Tex: "So I was like, Hey I'll save you..."

Police: "Yeah, were gonna need some identification"

Tex (grumbling under his breath): "Sons-a-b..."

mastercraft1995
10-26-2004, 12:25 PM
So what happened?

Knoxes
10-26-2004, 12:35 PM
I'd say it was a bridge, but it sure does look residential.

Mag_Red
10-26-2004, 12:39 PM
So are we going to have the get "the rest of the story" from Paul Harvey???? Details man........details!

NeilM
10-26-2004, 12:53 PM
OK... don't leave us holding your beer..:confused: What happened?

MarkP
10-26-2004, 01:26 PM
ktn


Is that you:confused:

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 01:43 PM
Hey Guys,

No, thats not me...that's Tex. He hasn't taken the time to figure out how to post pics yet, so I told him I'd post a couple for him. I am not sure what exactly happened, that wasn't really the way it all happened. It's part of a routine he was practicing. I believe all was well afterward. He can chime in and give yall the real story...

Ktn

P.S. Here is another pic of his...talk about bein left hangin...

tex
10-26-2004, 01:46 PM
Ok-Thanks Kyle! Here's the deal. I was doing a ski show in wonderful Natchitoches Louisiana(yes the place where Steel Magnolias was filmed for all of you Oprah lovers). There was a bridge on one end of the site. It was about 35 feet high and the water was about 7 feet deep. Some idiot(me) said, hey why don't we put a bridge barefoot act in the show. The chamber of commerce loved the idea but neglected to tell the po po that we were going to do it. We did a couple of practice runs during the day and the police showed up. They told me that they usually just fish the drunks out of the water when they jump. The place sits on the Cane River and is beautiful! You can also get to the gambling boats quickly from the town!

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 01:50 PM
Hey Look...I made it to enthusiast...

tex
10-26-2004, 01:57 PM
Hey Look...I made it to enthusiast...

It's about time slacker!

mgurley
10-26-2004, 02:38 PM
Tex my step father in law was just in a ski show of some type down in Lousiana any chance you might know him?

Knoxes
10-26-2004, 03:02 PM
geezus Tex, that looks a LOT higher than 35 ft!! :eek:

tex
10-26-2004, 03:31 PM
geezus Tex, that looks a LOT higher than 35 ft!! :eek:

It felt alot higher too!

Mag_Red
10-26-2004, 03:44 PM
:worthy: You're one Crazy Son of a Gun! :D http://forums.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/crazy.gif

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 04:06 PM
It's about time slacker!

Yeah...tell me about it...I should really get internet at home...

tex
10-26-2004, 04:20 PM
:worthy: You're one Crazy Son of a Gun! :D http://forums.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/crazy.gif


Thanks Mag! Don't forget that when I am spouting off with advice on skiing, drinking, marrige, girlfriends, etc......

east tx skier
10-26-2004, 04:36 PM
My cousin is legendary for a very long bridge drop into a barefoot start. Great to see an actual picture of someone doing it.

sfitzgerald351
10-26-2004, 04:52 PM
So I'm curious... does the boat get going before you hit the water so that you sorta bounce or skip? Or does it wait until you hit and bob back up before going? Seems to me that the first way might make the landing a bit harder... :confused:

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 04:53 PM
Tex has a video of it too... Is there a way I can post a video or would it have to be emailed?

BriEOD
10-26-2004, 04:54 PM
Pretty cool.

tex
10-26-2004, 04:59 PM
So I'm curious... does the boat get going before you hit the water so that you sorta bounce or skip? Or does it wait until you hit and bob back up before going? Seems to me that the first way might make the landing a bit harder... :confused:

He takes the slack out as you are falling and gives you a second to gather yourself. If he hits it too soon, a 35 foot air railey(not fun), if he waits to long, you flounder and try not to roll over and turn it into a back deep.

is that clear enough?

ktn_cmu
10-26-2004, 05:01 PM
He takes the slack out as you are falling and gives you a second to gather yourself. If he hits it too soon, a 35 foot air railey(not fun), if he waits to long, you flounder and try not to roll over and turn it into a back deep.

is that clear enough?


The video says a lot...but didn't you say he waited too long on that one?

tex
10-26-2004, 05:03 PM
The video says a lot...but didn't you say he waited too long on that one?
yes he did on the only one we got on tape. i say that, i think my buddy has one on tape that he hit early and i come out on my belly getting dragged down river! As i said, not fun!

Knoxes
10-26-2004, 05:10 PM
So it's not really two different events as I always thought it was?

1) jumping into the water

2) deep start

I saw a guy do a backwards start off a pier once. John Gillette. Essentially, he just jumped, flipped over, belly flopped and did a back deep start (not that that isn't impressive), but I kinda thought "big deal - if you can do the start, then you can basically do whatever you want for the 9 seconds before it".


edited to add: not that I can do a deep start either way...

sfitzgerald351
10-26-2004, 05:11 PM
Got it! Thanks. :toast:

JimN
10-26-2004, 05:16 PM
There's a bunch of crazies who like to go skiing and 'footing in January on the Rock River here in WI. They had WakeTV out there in 2001 and they got tape of a guy launching off of a bridge in a drysuit. It was +1F that day and they had to drive a Jeep Cherokee onto the launch to break the ice so they could put the boats in. Then they did doughnuts to break the ice along the shoreline so nobody would hit it with their feet and ankles.

"Doughnuts- is there nothing they can't do?"

ixthus
10-26-2004, 07:38 PM
STOP THE INSANITY!!! :eek3: :eek:

ixthus
10-26-2004, 07:42 PM
Hey! Does anybody know what's wrong with my posts count? I have 28 and it shows 23! :mad:

bcampbe7
10-26-2004, 07:48 PM
Hey! Does anybody know what's wrong with my posts count? I have 28 and it shows 23! :mad:

"Patience Danielson..."



Awesome shots Tex!

bfinley
10-26-2004, 09:17 PM
Jim,
Where on the Rock River were they doing that? I grew up in the Jefferson/Watertown area and spent a lot of time on the Mighty Rock.

erkoehler
10-27-2004, 07:29 AM
I believe he was referring to winter water land. If you do a google search you can find the web site with all kinds of pics and info.

Try www.winterwaterland.com