Name: Jordan Solorio
Occupation: Cliff Jumper
Hails From: Limerick, PA
Dive a little deeper into in the inner workings of a cliff jumper. We got a chance to sit down with Jordan Solorio as he described what drives him to throw himself from death defying heights.
Do you remember your first jump?
Yes, I do… It’s hard to forget; Christmas Day 2015. I remember it being cold outside; thirty-four degrees with a foot of snow on the ground. It was like a 20-foot jump.
Wow, that sounds dangerous. What drove you to do such a thing?
Right place at the right time I suppose. Actually, it was a dare. Not my smartest decision; although, I’m not mad at the chain of events it set into motion…(chuckles)
What do you like about Cliff Jumping outside of Cliff Jumping?
It’s always a thrill moving from place to place discovering new locations. Each offers up their own unique adventures and landscapes. It’s a privilege to be able to travel the country discovering hidden swimming holes.
What is your favorite type of jump location Jordan?
I’d have to say Waterfalls. The churning water breaks up surface tension for easier landings. Nice waterfalls are normally where I try new tricks out.
Sounds like you know what you’re talking about.
Yeah, it’s important to know the different dangers each location presents. Knowing your shit will keep you alive. I’ve learned that it is important to be cautious. If I want to continue to pursue my passion, I have to be smart.
What does it feel like walking into a location you have never been to?
Every location is different depending on bodies of water and cliff sizes. One location I will never forget is Adams Falls. I remember my first time there and how amazed I was at the enormous cliffs. At the time, they were the biggest I had ever approached to jump, and honestly I was scared. The big one looked like it was 80 feet. The feeling of excitement and fear cannot truly be described. I love that feeling.
Have you ever been seriously injured from Cliff Jumping?
I have taken some gnarly falls; though, the time I got hurt the worst was on a double backflip 360 from 34 feet at the Furlongs in New York State. I ended up over rotating and bellyflopping. It hurt, and a filling in my tooth actually popped out!
What did you learn from this experience?
I should have practiced the flip into foam some more before bringing it to the cliffs. Testing limitations and sight lines is safer into a foam pit first. I also learned how hard this trick really is.
Are you involved in the Adopt-A-Spot Program?
Absolutely, we bring trash bags everywhere we go and I am personally responsible for Lock 60. The more people know about keeping our swimming holes clean, the better off everyone is. If we don’t do our part, enjoying these natural locations won’t be possible. It’s not cool to pollute. I’m willing to stand up and work towards our culture becoming more involved.
What’s the strangest thing that you’ve seen while out cliff jumping?
One time, I was jumping in New York State. As I was climbing up this 85- foot bridge, two police officers showed up. I reached the top, and I looked down at them. They had pulled out their phones, and it looked like they had started recording. They said nothing, just stood there pointing their phones at me. I threw a gainer with a decent landing and got out of the water. The cops both gave me the biggest high fives I’ve ever gotten from anyone. The whole experience was strange for sure, but great.
Thanks for sharing all of that with us Jordan. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for having me, and yeah, I’d like to thank Big Swings App for sponsoring me and contributing so much to the culture and community. I would also like to thank my parents for being so supportive. I know it can’t be easy for the peeps to watch me jump off 110-foot cliffs.
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