Wher­ever the wind took them

North Syd­ney fam­ily rigged up para­chute to power snow­board

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­post.com

You could say the idea was blow­ing in the wind.

Mem­bers of the North Syd­ney fam­ily that im­pro­vised a wind­pow­ered snow­board to take ad­van­tage of this week’s ex­treme gusts says the plan was a spur of the mo­ment idea. They also say that when they filmed the en­deav­our they had no idea it would end up on so­cial me­dia.

On Mon­day evening, just as most of Cape Breton was bat­ten­ing down the hatches in prepa­ra­tion for the big storm, Jar­rod Bur­ton was walk­ing with his fa­ther Glen when they de­cided to check out the waves on the wa­ter across from their Seav­iew Drive home.

“We were ac­tu­ally out in the woods and we thought we should go down and see the waves be­cause there was a storm surge alert and it was re­ally windy,” said the 15-year-old Grade 10 stu­dent.

“At first we thought we could rig some­thing up to pull a sled, or to­bog­gan, and then we thought of a snow­board so I ran back to the house to get one.”

The pair then found an old tarp and some twine, in­clud­ing some cord from a lawn trim­mer, which they tied to the ma­te­rial in nu­mer­ous places to cre­ate a makeshift para­chute.

Af­ter a few trial runs, and some sub­se­quent ad­just­ments to the “para­chute”, they be­gan doc­u­ment­ing their ad­ven­tur­ous pur­suit on video. And, it wasn’t long un­til Jar­rod’s older brother Jor­don got in on the act.

“They conned me into it — it was a storm day and I was in the house watch­ing storm tele­vi­sion,” said the 25-year-old power-en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent.

But once out­side, Jor­don em­braced the chal­lenge and his per­for­mance drew the praise of his brother.

“He prob­a­bly did the best, but we all tried it,” ad­mit­ted the younger Bur­ton, who added that dad Glen also had a go and that his form wasn’t too bad. The next day Jar­rod logged into The Weather Net­work web­site and up­loaded the video of the winds pulling board and rider across the snow at the edge of the nearby road. While their form may have been slightly er­ratic due to the gust­ing winds and the less-than sci­en­tific ally built para­chute, the premise be­hind the idea was solid as the con­trap­tion did drag them across the snow drifts as de­signed.

The Bur­tons say they’re not sure what their next in­no­va­tive un­der­tak­ing might be, but young Jar­rod did ad­mit to an in­ter­est in some­day be­com­ing a drone pi­lot. To view the Bur­ton’s home­made video on The Weather Net­work site, visit this link - http://bit.ly/2lkTIx5.


Jar­rod and Jor­don Bur­ton show the snow­board and home­made para­chute that when com­bined dur­ing this week’s high winds had the North Syd­ney brothers hurtling across the snow drifts near their Seav­iew Drive home. A video of their ad­ven­ture can be viewed on The Weather Net­work’s web­site.

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