What The Hell Is Wrong With You?: A Norwegian Bellyflop Competition

August 19, 2016


Okay so it's not actually a bellyflop competition, it's a dødsing competition. I only said bellyflop in the title because you have no clue what the hell dødsing is. You are not alone. I am with you always -- in your heart. "I keep you in my butt." Get me out of here!

It's not a bellyflop competition, it's called dødsing which kinda translates do "deathing". The idea is that you spread out as you would for a bellyflop, but tuck into a sort of folded-in-half-dive right before hitting the water. The contestants are scored based on style and how long they wait before tucking in. I'm pretty sure a full-blown bellyflop from that height (10m) is potentially very harmful. As the name implies it's about narrowly avoiding death.

I recommend watching some of the dives in slow-motion (change the Youtube setting to play at quarter speed) to actually be able to see the participants tuck right before hitting the water. At regular speed I couldn't even see it and just assumed all these people died. So, who wants to go to the pool this weekend and have a dødsing contest. Anybody? I remember growing up everybody's parents would always tell you to wait an hour after eating to go swimming to prevent cramps but one time I ate four hotdogs and immediately went off the high dive and I'm still here. Parents spread lies. Sometimes they don't even know they're doing it.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Luke, who challenged me to a cannonball contest, which I politely declined because I heard some kid pooped in the pool yesterday and that grosses me out.

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