Kiteboarder Flies off Sailboat Mast

Nick Jacobsen is pushing the limits of kiteboarding with his ridiculous jumps.
© Ian Roman / Video by Orillo Productions
By Josh Sampiero

One hundred and eight feet above the water, perched at the top of a Volvo Ocean Race sailboat, kiteboarder Nick Jacobsen readied himself to soar. The masts of these top-of-the-line boats are normally used by the ship's crew to tune rigging or get a glimpse of the course ahead of them. Jacobsen was there to jump. 

Check out the video above to see his masterful mast exit.

Nick Jacobsen, kiteboarder, leaps off a Volvo Ocean Race boat's 33m high mast in the waters off Gothenburg, Sweden
It’s a big leap off a big boat © Ian Roman

Jacobsen's biggest concern? "I didn't know how much the mast would be moving when I was up there," he says. "It can be nice and steady down on the boat — 108 feet up, it's going to be another story."

Nick Jacobsen, kiteboarder, smiles for the camera in Gothenburg, Sweden
Nick Jacobsen, a kiteboarding superman © Ian Roman

Jacobsen launched his kite into the air before being hauled up the mast with a harness. A friend passed him his board, he kept the kite flying above his head and launched himself off the mast.

Kitesurfer Nick Jacobsen flies off the 33m boat mast of a Volvo Ocean Race yacht in the waters off Gothenburg, Sweden
See that boat? He just jumped off it © Ian Roman

By looping the kite around his head, Jacobsen was able to drag out his airtime, landing smoothly a few boat lengths away from the sailboat. The only thing left for him to do now is figure out what he'll jump off of next.

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