Saturday, August 22, 2015

Backyard Water Slide (Water up the Nose!)

My company had a Pool Party BBQ this Saturday. I had been to the house in the past so I was surprised to see the new backyard water slide built into the hill above the pool. It was short but super fun. Your speed picks up until you lose control on the last curve before splash down.

I tried it face-first but the quickest descent was definitely lying flat on my back. At high speed, the last curve flipped me over in the air as I shot off the end. One time, Dave, Doug and I had fun sliding down together. We all took turns trying to hook a ring with our foot, but it was really hard. I also liked the new jumping rock above the waterfall. My boss, Louise, dove off it several times but I only jumped feet first since I was worried about the depth.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the food was delicious, especially the pulled pork sandwiches prepared by Dave. Below are the short videos of my Face-First Slide and Doug's example of bad parenting. Ha!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Flying Trapeze - GoPro Chesty Mount

I bought a new Chesty Mount for my GoPro so I could shoot video from the POV of a Catcher during the Trapeze Classes. The first time I wore it, it mostly filmed up into my nostrils. The video below of a Knee Hang Catch was my first attempt with the corrected camera angle. The Catch Bar had just been re-taped so I had to fight through the sticky tape pulling my tights down as I dropped into my Catch Lock. The flyer was grabby but I still managed to find his wrists. I found the best camera angle is with the GoPro upside down in the chest mount with the lens tilted down from horizontal about 45 degrees.

Update: 8/9/15

Here is a POV video of my catch of Celeste's Half Time Hocks this Saturday. I forgot to charge the GoPro so it died right after this first catch.

On Sunday, I flew for fun for the first time in several months, taking my Splits out of lines again and performing my best Planche so far. Here are the videos with the GoPro camera mounted high up on the Catch Crane.

Next, I want to learn the Half Time Straight Jump or Suicide.