A Perfect Example For Why Not To Rope-Swing From A Moving Boat

Sometimes a great idea is a great idea, and other times it’s just a method to entertain the hundreds of thousands of people who see your video.

By DAVID on November 27, 2018
(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sometimes you get a good idea, and you start to set it up. Sometimes it works great, and you revel in your success. Other times, like this guy, it just doesn’t go to plan.

Luckily for us, and thanks to smartphones (ironic name, eh?), we can relive this learning experience over and over. And then over again once the laughing stops. Not going to lie, I felt a little bad laughing, but the guy seemed to be mostly fine so it’s ok, right? He and his buddy have a rope swing hanging from a tree. Truly it’s more of just a rope, but whatever. That tree is leaning over a river/stream type thing. They have a power boat and a good idea – or so they thought.

Their idea was to get into the boat and speed towards the rope swing. Several things went totally right though – the boat worked, which is always a good sign. The alignment was pretty much spot-on from the boat operator’s point of view, so props there, nicely done. The speed was good-ish, maybe a little over-confident though. A solid B- score from the lead-up, I’d say. The execution of the stunt is where it all went horribly wrong, and that’s where I’ll leave you. If you read this far before watching the video, well, you get an A+, and I hope you enjoyed it.

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