Brazilian Man Tests Parachute Bought On eBay By Jumping Off Balcony

January 15, 2019


This is a video of a Brazilian man testing the parachute he allegedly purchased off eBay by jumping off his very high balcony. You can hear a baby crying in the background throughout the video, presumably because it senses it's about to grow up never knowing its father. Thankfully, the parachute opens and dude seems to make a very reasonable landing in the grass below. That was a relief, and I was able to watch the video again without peeking between the cracks in my fingers, ready to slam them shut like window blinds in the event this man was hoodwinked and only bought a backpack.

Keep going for two versions of the video in case the first, slightly higher quality one doesn't work. Also somebody feel free to translate.

Thanks to Zootghost, who agrees you don't know till you try.

  • stuffsticks

    The Real story... A professional base jumper with 20 years experience jumped off his balcony, something he's done multiple times with his own chute that he packed himself. The "wife" was some dumb babysitter that made his kid nervous because of her actions and all in all there was no story here.

  • klausbritto

    the man is a professional basejumper

  • klausbritto

    This is a old news, this turn viral 2 years ago here, here is the news on a respected newsletter in Brazil on 2017:

  • Juvenal Osegueralopez

    bet his ass hole was so puckered he could feel it in his throat XD

  • Akegata

    The way this video is presented i so stupid.
    This is a person with proper BASE gear doing a BASE jump. His exit is good, his opening is perfect, his landing is good from what can be seen in the video. People do jumps like this hundreds of time every day throughout the world.

    BASE gear (and skydiving gear for that matter) is generally bought on the internet like everything else in the world nowadays. I bought my BASE gear from a guy on facebook. It's obviously not more dangerous if you buy it from someone on eBay (which is probably just a made up fact anyway), it's not like you do a BASE jump without checking the gear first.

    The bad things are (apparently) having his wife and kids there, since they seem to be very much opposed to the activity, and having his buddy do a poor PCA.

  • Deksam

    That ... could have been worse.

  • The_Wretched

    Let's see try #2. Repacking those things isn't easy. In any event, that small child needs better care and is clearly emotionally distressed.

  • ben

    Agreed, pretty idiotic to do it in front of your child

  • Konstantin

    Is there any reason to believe he didn't repack ir? He obviously knows how to use it, and not repacking it would be lunacy for anyone that knows how to jump. And with a repacked chute, it can come from a trustworthy man in a trenchcoat, who says it fell off a truck, for all it matters. You're not going to end up jumping with something that won't be more unlikely to work than usual if you packed it yourself.

    Now, the fact that he clearly has no time for backup chute is another matter. But tried and tested chute has the same odds of not opening.

  • murilodude

    Portuguese transcript:

    Jumper: (gives general instructions)
    Wife: oh, dear God
    (Baby Cries)
    Wife: Oh God, the thingy is folded!
    Jumper: "Take care so it don't get tangled in your hands"
    Jumper: Why are you scared (talking to guy)? I should be the one scared. Stop being a crybaby! Stop shitting your pants, hold it strong in your hands
    Jumper: Are you filming it?
    Jumper: 3, 2 1, jump!
    Kid: DADDY!
    Wife: Crazy man... (abour her husband)
    Guy: Way to go, man! YEAHH Now its my turn!!
    Wife: What a stupid man

  • The_Wretched

    On the plus side, if he keeps up being this stupid, he'll be dead and out of the kid's life.

  • Wooder

    I guess he had to try it sometime, so why not at 600 ft rather than 10,000 ft.
    They can at least maybe have an open casket for 600 ft.

  • Closet Nerd

    Now, Rabbit, a good cop does what... before using his equipment in the field? - Uh, they test it?
    They test it. Exactly.

  • Ollie Williams


  • Closet Nerd

    You're gonna feel a little pinch.

  • Corky McButterpants

    Is she crying cos she was banking on that sweet insurance money?

  • Ollie Williams

    Skip to :54 to see him jump.

  • Wooder

    Waited for the camping supplies to come out of the backpack!

    He didn't even put out a wading pool at the bottom (Plan B)...

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