Circus Acts: The First Human Loopty Loop On Foot

February 24, 2014


This is a video of stuntman/freerunner Damien Walters performing what is allegedly the first human loopty loop on foot. Is it actually the first? No clue. Was it sponsored by Pepsi MAX to encourage everyone to #LiveForNow? Yes, whatever the hell that means. "You know, carpe diem." I do not know who that is.

PepsiMax sponsored the daredevil's attempt, providing him with a human-sized loop the loop in an abandoned warehouse. After working the math out -- he needed to be going 8.6 mph at the top -- Walters got to work on being the first man to defy gravity in a loop.

Pepsi's video shows not only Walters' success, but his trial and error too. He used mats to fall onto for his first trials until he felt confident to take off the training wheels. After which he nailed the impressive stunt with the appropriate flourish.

You know what would have made it even cooler? If he'd dressed like Sonic The Hedgehog. Plus, I don't know, if they'd added some FIRE. Fire makes everything more extreme. Sitting down on the shitter to go to the bathroom: boring. Sitting down on the shitter to go to the bathroom WHILE ON FIRE: legend status.

Hit the jump for the video as well as a BONUS one somebody added Sonic The Hedgehog rings to.

Thanks to pink_collar and Christian, who are both competing to be the first human to perform a human loopty loop running backwards. Dare to dream!

  • Crackredactie

    Awesome video. Really Damien Walters has been one of the best since a few years.

  • darabe

    sonic for the win!

  • cardstock

    They tried their best, but it's hard to make walking exciting, even if it's upside down.

  • Konstantin

    Where do they get these "experts"? 8.6mph? Yeah, that's what you need for centripetal acceleration to match Earth's gravity on a loop with 1.5m radius. Which is the size of the loop they have. But that's at the perimeter of the loop, where the feet are. Center of mass is more than a meter off the ground. The head is above the center, pulling in the wrong direction!

    Fortunately, that's hardly even relevant. The whole thing has almost nothing to do with centripetal acceleration, and a lot more with moving on a ballistic trajectory. He picks up enough vertical speed and does the turn quickly enough to not need much acceleration from the loop. Basically, it's closer to doing a back-flip, but with the assist of a ramp, allowing for more vertical motion.

    I'm just glad to see that in this case, "expert's" advice could only lead to minor injuries. And kudos go to Walters for getting it done despite bad advice.

  • Prometheus

    Ok thank god I wasn't the only one who noticed. When the "expert" said that I was thinking, "well maybe if he was sonic and rolling through the loop."

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  • Seth

    Its called the 'Loop of Death' in skateboarding.

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