One Cape Bre­toner’s leap of faith

Bridge jump only part of Glace Bay man’s love of ex­treme sport

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

A Glace Bay man who gained on­line vi­ral suc­cess with his back flip jump off the Seal Is­land Bridge isn’t plan­ning on stop­ping his ex­treme sport life­style and hopes to make a ca­reer out of it.

“I do skate­board­ing, snow­board­ing, bridge jump­ing, every ex­treme sport — I am su­per into it,” ex­plained Lo­gan LaTulippe, owner of the Cape Bre­ton Col­lec­tive so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

The jump off the bot­tom part of the Seal Is­land Bridge has had more than 123,000 views on Face­book and more than 18,000 views on YouTube. It has re­sulted in the Cape Bre­ton Col­lec­tive YouTube page dou­bling in sub­scribers and its Face­book page re­ceiv­ing 1,500 more likes and fol­low­ers. “It’s pretty crazy.

It’s a lot more than I thought it was go­ing to be. I knew when I did it, it was go­ing to get a lot of re­sponse but I didn’t ex­pect this much,” LaTulippe said, a hint of awe in his voice.

RCMP said they do not con­done jumps like this.

“Given the ob­vi­ous dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with such thrillseek­ing ac­tiv­ity, you are also putting first re­spon­ders at risk if some­thing were to hap­pen to an in­di­vid­ual who chooses to jump from such heights,” said RCMP spokesper­son Dal Hutchinson, via a writ­ten state­ment.

“Far too of­ten we re­spond to in­ci­dents that are pre­ventable. This is an ex­am­ple of a pre­ventable ac­tiv­ity that has the po­ten­tial to be­come a tragic one in­volv­ing death or in­jury.”

Hutchinson also pointed out the jump in­volved tres­pass­ing, which is il­le­gal.

While LaTulippe said he is re­spect­ful of what law of­fi­cials have said, he doesn’t plan on stop­ping his jumps and said he does take time pre­par­ing for the jumps to make them as safe as pos­si­ble.

“It was def­i­nitely some­thing I planned out,” he said, ex­plain­ing he prac­tised the spe­cific land­ing for en­ter­ing the wa­ter from the height of the Seal Is­land Bridge by jump­ing off smaller bridges and 50-foot cliffs.

“I tucked ev­ery­thing in, closed my legs, brought my hands up over my head and pointed my toes,” he ex­plained.

“It still hurt when I hit the wa­ter. I have heard any­thing over 80 feet is go­ing to hurt, no mat­ter how you land. But for the most part, I was fine … I was sore for five or six days but have com­pletely re­cov­ered now,” he added.

LaTulippe cred­its his friend, Bran­don Boland, for get­ting him in­ter­ested in ex­treme sports.

“I pretty much just sat in my room all day and played Call of Duty. Then I be­came friends with Bran­don, who did this stuff, and he got me into it. So I thank him for get­ting me started be­cause it’s what I do every sin­gle day of my life,” he en­thused.

While LaTulippe has no plans for any big­ger jumps at the mo­ment — mostly be­cause he doesn’t know of any­thing big­ger in Cape Bre­ton — he does think some­thing will come along in the fu­ture.

For now, the pho­tog­ra­pher/ videog­ra­pher is go­ing to con­tinue mak­ing videos of him­self and other Cape Bre­ton­ers do­ing cliff and bridge jumps, skate­board­ing and snow­board­ing and post­ing them to his so­cial me­dia chan­nels. He hopes even­tu­ally his chan­nels will start mak­ing money and he can make this his full-time job.

And if he gets any fines from do­ing bridge jump­ing, LaTulippe said he thinks the money he will have to pay will be well worth the thou­sands of views his chan­nels will get, bring­ing him closer to his goal of hav­ing his YouTube chan­nel be his ca­reer.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lo­gan LaTulippe makes his jump off Seal Is­land Bridge.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lo­gan LaTulippe has also been on the other side of the lens a time or two. Above, he shoots a skate­boarder jump­ing a garbage can.

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