This Chicago roof jump captured using GoPro cameras is a breathtaking stunt.
However, if the jump was completed without the padding or safety nets typically used on movie sets for stunts like this, it is even more amazing.
The clip was posted online two days ago on GoPro’s YouTube channel and has already racked up over 1.5 million views. It features professional stuntman Ethan Swanson.
The two minute video shows Swanson prepping for the landing by taping some padding and protection on his left leg and left arm.
Wearing a helmet cam, he also shows pre-jump preparations that include climbing to the rooftop landing area and mounting the camera that would capture the leap.
Once the cameras are set and rolling, Swanson climbs to the roof, paces off the small strip he will use as a runway, and then sprints to the edge and leaps.
As he pushes off the roof, the video cuts away from the helmet cam point of view and shows Swanson flying through the air towards the angled roof below. He lands, slides down the roof and is bounced onto a circular staircase on the building next door.
Those questioning the legitimacy of the clip are pointing to the middle portion of the video where the action shifts into slow motion. Could it have been doctored?
Supporting those who argue that the jump is real, the video shows rips in Swanson’s left pant leg, the area he protected and used to land and slide down the roof.
For the record, Swanson’s own YouTube channel features a few videos of him making similar rooftop jumps.
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