VIDEO: Incredible parkour stunt in Madinat Jumeirah
If you thought getting an abra around Madinat Jumeirah was cool, how about this? Professional freerunner and parkour athlete Kie Willis teamed up with XDubai for what they're dubbing a 'playcation' (get it?), jumping around the rooftops of the Madinat.
It looks pretty terrifying, but according to Kie, it’s all planned out. “My 12 years of training is my main research. Every athlete knows their capability. This is exactly the same, I learn and I know exactly how far I can jump. I always go to the location beforehand to check the feasibility of the stunts before I attempt them,” he explained.
“There’s so much analysis that goes into the stunts, even with low level ones. It’s important I train in how to fall safely if I do overshoot a jump and when it comes to taking things to height, I reduce the risk as much as possible. Everything is well within my physical, mental and technical capabilities so that there isn’t any true risk in what I’m doing. It’s not thrill seeking, it’s all very carefully calculated.”
Although to us mere mortals it looks like an adrenaline rush, Kie calls it “another day at the office.” Accidents do happen though… “Accidents happen to everyone all the time, it’s inherent of life, no matter how much you plan. Most of my mistakes are really stupid things like tripping over a curb! A momentary lapse of concentration is when they happen but the good thing is, there’s no lapse of concentration at height, because I’m so focused the chance of failure is much less. I’m not blasé.”
And it looks like we can expect him back in Dubai sometime soon. “Dubai is definitely one of my favourite places for parkour and I visit around four times per year,” he said. “We have a lot of new ideas for the city but I’m not allowed to tell you what they are just yet!”
Watch out for Kie, coming to a rooftop near you.