December 23, 2012
This photo is submitted by Kesley Patterson, of Montreal. Here’s the note he sent:
“Over a decade ago, in the summer of 2002, we took a family trip to Hawaii. Even at the age of 12 I knew how lucky I was to be there, and I think I realized then the importance of making the most of that trip. On the island of Kauai, we parked our car on the side of the road in a very remote location on the island (although they all felt remote), and with the help of a tour book, walked a kind of narrow, makeshift path through tall grass and (as we later discovered) poisonous weeds to arrive at this beautiful clearing. It was something of a paradise of different layered ponds and waterfalls for tourists in the know (or at least that’s how I remember it).
Anyway, from the edge of the lowest pond/pool there was a swing rope. And one by one the courageous would grab hold, swing, and let themselves drop. Like I said, I was 12 at the time, had little upper body strength, and was… a little scared. But I did it, held on, and will always remember that drop. And I would do it a million times over if I could. So, it isn’t quite dock jumping, but I couldn’t help but think of that moment when I stumbled across your blog.”
September 30, 2012
Sarah Howell and her friends “jumping off a canyon ridge in Panama this past month (Septmeber, 2012). The area is called ‘Los Cangliones’. It’s an amazing spot to do cliff jumping, rock climbing, and river surfing. In this particular picture it was Melissa’s first time jumping from this spot… it took a few(dozen) minutes to convince her.” Pictured are (from left to right): Sarah, Melissa Zeroual, Daria Kronig.
September 3, 2012
After working many hours to ensure a fair deal for Ontario teachers, this dockrider takes a plunge to re-energize.
Lake Kashwakamak. Ontario
September 3, 2012
Near Kaladar, Ontario.
August 30, 2011
Max and Otto finish a day of sailing lessons with a few celebratory leaps.
Waiting his turn!
Their Dad writes: “The pics were taken in Lake Geneva… Max says he likes it because
it’s just really fun! Otto says he likes it because he likes to swim.”
August 21, 2011
Some of the French-based Johnsons launch in Italian lagoon.
February 4, 2011
A few more from the deBeaupres….in Wakefield.
February 4, 2011
These images from St. Donat, north of Montreal, compliments of the deBeaupres.
First up, Lac Ouareau.
And, here, the dam jumping special.
February 1, 2011
In this picture: Kate and Aidan
Where: My friend Jamie’s cottage on lake Muskoka
When: Summer of 2009 for Jamie’s birthday party, shortly after Josh and Janita (not pictured, but on the dock) were married. It was the summer of love II.
Why I love dock jumping: There’s nothing that feels more like comfort and like a shock at the same time than jumping into water. It is the certainty of my youth and the unknown of my adulthood all in one moment.
Me: I am Peter Braul, a journalist living in Montreal.
January 18, 2011
From Susan Snyder:
“It was taken at Birch Bay in Birch Bay, Washington. It was a spring day and my son wanted to go in the cold water. We weren’t really prepared for swimming, but since he loves going in the water so much, I let him have fun.”
October 31, 2010
This contribution is from Nelson Faria, who writes:
“It was taken in Geres, Portugal(41.805002 -8.126503), my country
Geres is a natural reserve in north of Portugal.”
October 26, 2010
From Milan. This photo is taken on the Mediterranean sea in late September, 2010:
“Well, I cannot tell you much about this (the structure) as I do not know, I photographed this on my vacation on Rhodes island, Greece, Europe. It is a simple jump raising from the sea on the city Elli beach in Rhodes town. It is just before Elli beach club.”
September 15, 2010
From Montreal, this photo from the Brian family, taken near St. Donat, Quebec.
August 6, 2010
Stylerider makes inaugural 2010 Jump
A July 2010 trip to Italy, near Castelletto, provided opportunity to return to swimming hole – known only to locals (and friends of!)
Stylerider didn't mind the cold water
Utlimaterider has had better days than this one
Rookierider takes the plunge
July 29, 2010
“this pic was taken at Dwarka- birth place of Lord Krishna (hindu god), kids jumped for chocolates
thanks for considering it so much.”
July 3, 2010
That takes guts!
These photos from Maria Babinski, taken in June 2010, on a trip to Italy. She writes:
“Here are some shots taken along a shoreline walk from Sta Margherita to Portofino in June. The girls, except for one, were fearless. We went by the next day. They will still there and the one who didn’t dare to jump the day before was now jumping too.”
June 11, 2010
One of our most original submissions yet!
From Sean O’Brien, who writes:
“That’s my daughter Lucy O’Brien, 5.
Lake Kanasatka, New Hampshire.
I like dockjumping because it’s such a rush! It’s just you and gravity.”
May 2, 2010
All for one and one for all!
These pictures and the note from Mark in Iowa:
“I’ve attached four shots, all coincidently taken on July 7, in 2006, 2007, and 2008. These photos are taken from the dock at Kawishiwi Lodge in far northern Minnesota, on Lake One in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our daughters and the daughters of the family we return to every year count dock jumping as one of the highlights of the week-long vacation. They spend hours each day jumping off this dock!”
April 27, 2010
A stich in time
When Fred Dawson was visiting Sea House, in Northumberland, England he came across some spunky and fearless locals. Good thing he had his camera with him!
Sea House, Northumberland, UK.
April 23, 2010
It's all in the form.
This photo comes Fred Dawson, taken upon his visit to Seahouses in Northumberland, UK.
Fred writes that it was among several taken “of local kids jumping off the qauy side into the water.”
April 6, 2010
David Glanzer's Carinthian jumping
Delightful snapshot submitted by David Glanzer.
This is Lake Millstätter See in Carinthia, Austria.
March 6, 2010
A dramatic rescue at sea was the happy end to a harrowing 40 hours at adrift for the 64 people who were on board the SV Concordia before it sank off the coast of Brazil.
The ship had been a floating home/school for students from Canada.
Marine Dewailly was part of the class in 2003-2004 — back in the better days of the program. She sends this snapshot taken somewhere in the Pacific Ocean by then classmate Robin Charters.
Jumping for fun, Not for survival.
“Class afloat is a program for 11-12 th grade students and university students … We all applied to be considered for selection! We sailed around the Pacific ocean for a year! We went to Hawai, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam , Japan, Russia, and Alaska. It was the best experience of my life…I’m sad to know that now no one will be able to experience it since the ship is at the bottom of the sea.”
February 25, 2010
“This is a photo of my friend Pär who jumps into Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda, on the first day of the year. It was a warm morning and a perfect way to start the year.”
February 16, 2010
Zulkifli turns it upside down, into Kenyir Lake, in Malaysia
From Wan Khaidir, in Terengganu, Malaysia.
“It was taken in Jan. 22, 2010 with my nikon d80 camera at Kenyir Lake. Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. The lake covers 260 km² and contains 340 small islands, which were once hiltops and highlands, more than 14 waterfalls, numerous rapids and rivers. My friend Zulkifli takes the jump in this photo after a canoe ride. Everybody really enjoyed it, and it feel good.
I love taking photos. Please feel free to view and comment my other photo at my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/newclear/
February 13, 2010
Warming chilly waters!
From Jeni Fisher, who did the same Kiwi Experience bus tour that my wife Kate and I did, but only 18 years later! :
“Taken in May 2009, Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park in New Zealand. It was taken during the Kiwi Experience bus tour, the three of us are English girls who were looking to find the authentic Kiwi adrenalin rush! It was in the winter there so the water was as cold as ice – but we couldn’t let the opportunity pass us by, so we braved it and jumped in…. I would definitely go back again, preferably in the summer!”
February 7, 2010
Razzu's not afraid of the cold water
These three photos submitted by Razzu. He’s jumping into spectacular Waterton Lake, at the south end, which is in Montana. The north end is in Alberta.
January 24, 2010
From Peter Gnas
Form is good!
The Redgranite Quarry in Redgranite, Wisconsin is a large granite quarry decommissioned and filled with water. During the summer months, it is a beautiful place to spend the day swimming, SCUBA or just enjoying the sun
January 24, 2010
From Peter Gnas:
This was a day spent on the river in a tube and canoe with the family.
Tyler flying off the riverbank into the river.
One of the great things about Wisconsin is the vast amount of natural clay.. and even better, is a good steep riverbank of solid clay.. get it wet and slide in!
Photos taken using a cheap 35mm waterproof disposable.. it worked pretty good, its all about the fun!
January 17, 2010
"That's where the fun is ...way out, way out!"
Thomas Cullen (aged 9) jumping into Lake Koycegiz, near Dalyan, Turkey.
Submitted by Chris Cullen
January 10, 2010
Paul Gordon again, writing that this photo was taken on Sept. 25, 2009….as a man plunges into Crater Lake.
January 10, 2010
Seattle's Polar Bear Plunge
Paul Gordon writes:
The above photo, and the next one below, were taken on December 12th at Green Lake Bath House – Seattle. It was the 2nd annual Poetry Polar Bear Plunge. More info here…
Poetry Polar Bear Club
Noon, Saturday 12 December 2009
Green Lake Bath House Theatre | Seattle
Jump into the lake with a poem & a bikini. Don’t worry, your POETRY will PROTECT you. Yet again, the poets show Seattle what it takes to be one. This is year #2. Last year we made headline news & had a ton of fun. Join us this year?
CALLING ALL ARTISTS, poets, Alaska-natives and crazies. Looking for 50 hardy individuals to jump into Green Lake this December. It’s simple. Write a poem, put it on a bikini, put your bikini on & come to Green Lake at NOON on Saturday 12 December. We’ll be working up our courage behind the Bath House. Then, at 12:30pm, we’ll drop our fuzzy layers, line up on the water’s edge, read our poems to the massed and staring crowds and plunge on in! This is a quick event. If you’re late, you’ll miss it. Plan to be parked and ready to go at noon.
Even if you’re not willing to freeze your pants off, this is a spectacle worth attending. Come enjoy the poetry, sip some cocoa, have a laugh. The POETRY POLAR BEAR swim is the same day as the Pathway of Lights. Go Green Lake!
January 3, 2010
Photo by Grace Collins
Taken in Kent, Connecticut. The picture is of James Evans.
December 24, 2009
Can't wait to get in!
Austrian Olympic team?
Who can stand?
These photos taken in Austria, by visiting Spaniard Antonio Carralón, who writes:
|Some young people arrive and ruin our stillness jumping from the diving board somewhere in the Tyrol, Austria, july 2009. Then I fell I’m becoming older bacause I’d love to jump with them but the water is so cold…. Anyway I love dock jumping!!”
December 3, 2009
Upside down down under!
This shot from Brian Hanmer in Sydney, Australia. Part of a series he took at Manly beach.
November 24, 2009
And all those watching cheered!
Theo Stanton writes from the UK:
“This is my friend Chris breaking into and jumping off a board in Plymouth, UK. Sunset of an evening in spring. That’s shallow water…Taken early spring this year, a while before it opened for tourists in Plymouth. Although I’m not sure how many venture into cold water ! Your blog’s interesting ! Each photo captures a great moment of suspended energy !”
For more of Theo’s photos, check out:
November 14, 2009
They call it the Ruotsalainen
From Mitro Härkönen:
“My friend Toni tries to make supreme splash with the jump called “ruotsalainen” (“swedish”).
Location: Finland, Ruovesi
The picture was taken by me (Mitro Härkönen) in June 23, 2006 (Midsummer)”
More from Mitro:
“Our midsummer sauna sessions ended to the lake. In Finland it is not allowed to wear any clothes when taking bath in a sauna – why wearing any when running in to the water. Person in the picture is a girl.
Location: Finland, Ruovesi
The picture was taken by me (Mitro Härkönen) in June 22, 2006″
November 13, 2009
The mirror reflection about to crack!
This photo from Tai Gray in Utah, who writes:
“It is about 1 hour 45 min north of Salt Lake City, Utah, right next to Utah State University. The picture was taken by me (Tai Gray), the people jumping are (from left to right) Curtis Koch, Nelson Davis, Justin Brush, and Robert Langton. The picture was taken on August 29, 2009 on a Boy Scout overnighter near Logan Canyon.
November 9, 2009
Drop like a stone in Duluth, MN
These photos from Perry Heideman, of Milwaukee, WI, who writes:
“It was taken July 19 of this year in the harbor of Duluth, MN. My wife and I were walking along the beautiful shore and harbor that Duluth has constructed. I noticed these kids swimming out and jumping off an old tilted concrete structure. It was getting late in the afternoon and the sunlight was making the scene look quite warm. Believe me, that water was anything but warm. I inquired about it later and someone told me it was called the “crypt”.
I saw quite a few boys and a few girls jump in. They were able to climb up using an aluminum ladder that was roped rather crudely to one side of the structure. Apparently after you were out there for a bit, your friends on shore would yell and encourage you to jump. It was fun to watch and I wanted to make sure I caught a few of them “in transit”. “
Strength in numbers
There's only one way to go!
November 4, 2009
Scots do it with style!
This snapshot from Katy Plume, who writes:
“The picture was taken in July 2009, at Banff Harbour, on the North-East coast of Scotland.
Two teenage boys just playing about on a sunny day, although the water is still pretty cold at that time of year, this kind of past-time is deemed as a bit of a rite of passage in these areas, as nearly all youngsters get involved at some point in harbour jumping, especially in the summer holidays!!”
October 28, 2009
Antonio's Viet leap
These two photos from Antonio Carralon, who took them while visiting Vietnam. He writes:
|Halong Bay, 2008. Sunset frames our wonderfull holidays in Vietnam and jumping from the boat is the best way to feel you are alive and you are doing whatever you want to do. That’s holidays. -AC
Halong Bay, Vietnam
October 21, 2009
This photo from Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA.
Compliments of Alex Head, who writes:
“The photo (which is me) was taken on the shore of Crater Lake at the bottom of the Cleetwood Cove Trail. There’s one big rock you can jump off–my friend and I watched a few other people jump in before we took the plunge. It was about a month ago, the weekend after Memorial Day. I’m pretty sure we were the last people to jump in that day because it was getting toward evening.”
Alex has a great website about hiking, with lots of variety, from pictures to great podcasts. Check it out : www.hikeyeah.com
October 14, 2009
Alastair Humphreys Self-portrait!
What do you do when not traveling around the world on a solo expedition?
Here, Alastair Humphreys attempts to master a self-portrait against the sunset, and does a pretty good job of it!
Humphreys is an adventurer known for, among other things, his 4-year trip around the world on a bicycle.
Here’s the information on the photo:
1. The Camel Estuary, Cornwall. September, 2009.
2. On holiday relaxing between adventures!
3. I am from Yorkshire