“The more massive the cliff – the more nerve-racking it becomes.”
Name: Nick Coulter
Hails From: West Sacramento, CA
Currently Resides: West Sacramento, CA
We got to ask Nick some questions about his Cliff Jumping lifestyle ‒ here is what he had to say:
When did you first start Cliff Jumping?
When I was about 16.
What was your first time like?
My first time cliff jumping was amazing: hitting a 10-foot backflip off a cliff was the starting point of it all. Transferring my trampoline backflip skills to an actual platform was very satisfying. Today, I am continuing to push the limits of how high I can jump.
How do you feel when you find a new jump spot?
Every time I come across a new location, I get excited scoping out what is possible. The more massive the cliffs‒ the more nerve racking it becomes. No matter how many times I have done similar heights before, a new location always gets my heart racing.
What do you go through as you step up to a ledge?
To me, first walking up to the ledge is the time to really focus. I know that danger is present with every jump. As my heart starts racing, I take many deep breaths to control any unwanted anxiety that may come with a new ledge or new height: sometimes, I can’t help but imagine all that could go wrong. Once I approach the ledge, I scope out the best footing possible. After I am confident the ledge is solid, I give the thumbs up and block everything out of my mind. My only focus at this point is a perfect entry into the water whether it be timing a backflip perfectly or straight jumping 100+ feet.
What’s your favorite type of location?
Quarries, and crystal-clear waterholes with waterfalls in the background.
What’s you favorite trick to huck?
70+ foot laid out, single backflip.
What’s your all time favorite spot?
Have you ever had a serious injury?
Are you willing to contribute in our ongoing efforts to educate the public about keeping the jumping environments safe and clean?