Man, Julien Roberge is getting some press for his ‘wall trampolining,’ huh?
When we last saw Roberge and crew we covered them in this post with a great video from the New York Times. Roberge is still out there trying to drum up support and public awareness about his new activity – and his efforts appear to be paying off. In this video from CBS, a crew treks up to Roberge’s Quebec gym to chat with the gymnast about the development wall trampolining.
Wall trampolining is like regular trampolining, but with the added element of leaping from and against vertical surfaces. So far, it’s much more free-form and less restrictive than the Olympic sport of trampolining which has strict rules and required elements.
“It feels like regular trampoline, but way cooler,” Roberge says in the video.
It is cool, but it’s likely to be a large task to turn wall trampolining into a proper ‘sport.’ One of the interesting evolutions that seem to happen with extreme sports is that an activity begins with a small, passionate group of supporters and as it’s discovered by more and more people rules and regulations evolve to add order and fairness to competition. Of course, as more rules are added, the sport becomes less and less ‘extreme.’
Should wall trampolining continue to gain acceptance, it will be fascinating to see whether or not it can adhere to its more freestyle roots.
Here’s our earlier story: If You Like Gymnastics/Trampolining You’ve Got To See This Video.
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(via CBS News)