When I think back to your jump in the rain, it still boggles my mind. I never had to develop ramp to ramp pavement rain skills, but it seems that a jumper in England would be almost forced into doing it at times. I have experienced hydroplaning on thick water, which can strike fear in any rider's heart.
I hope you stay safe and take all precautions, and I'm glad you're able to spend time with your son. No jump is worth dying for, and it's a loser's game to try to satisfy a few bloodlusting spectators who want a cheap thrill at your expense.
Every serious jumper needs to treat this as a career, as a sport, where they are achieving measurable distances, obstacle numbers etc. without succumbing to the desire for glory by jumping 600 feet and landing on a postage stamp with fangs.
: hi , in one of the posts on this board i
: notice ryan capes feels he does not get much
: credit for his big jumps cos he has big
: landing ramps .. thats ballocks ryan every
: jumper out there will have full respect for
: you and the jumps you have done .. dont
: start thinking you have to shrink your ramps
: just to keep people from critisiseing your
: jumps .. when you start shrinking ramps you
: start tempting fait .. there is only a hand
: full of people who ask what your ramp gap
: was and how big was your landing ramp etc ..
: all the little school kids and most of the
: general public only ever ask " how far
: did he jump" and its that distance you
: flew is all that matters ... you owe it to
: your family and friends to stay healthy and
: in one piece .. when i jumped 253ft i had a
: 220 ft ramp gap and 204ft clear gap . with a
: 14 ft wide landing ramp and 66 ft of actual
: landing area on my landing ramp . with 16ft
: of sissy deck .. it was also pissing down
: with rain too . . when i cuddle up to my son
: at night time and think about that set up
: and that jump it turns my stomack .. when i
: jumped 21 trucks i used the same landing
: ramp and had 18mph side winds that day . i
: pointed my take off ramp that day so as to
: land right on the edge of my landing ramp .
: knowing the 18mph wind would push me a
: little to the side which it did and i
: landed perfect middle ... .. the way i
: jumped 9 years ago was foolish and wreckles
: ... now i would never go further than 180
: ft ish on that ramp set up .. its just not
: worth it unless you are indoors and there is
: no wind or rain.. .. your probably the best
: jumper out there so dont go shrinking ramps
: cos you feel you need to prove a point ... 3
: guy s are persueing a jump for me cant say
: too much at this point but my landing ramp
: will be the biggest you have ever seen . .
: i will be aiming for a 400 ft ish jump but
: will only have 250ft ramp gap ... if we
: can get the ramp gap even smaller then we
: will do ... i know my little boy will be
: proud of his dad no matter how small the
: ramp gap and thats all that matters .... ..
: you have everyones respect ryan so dont
: think you have to go shrinking ramps .. its
: not worth it dude .... keep up the good
: work .........jason
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