Man jumps 400ft off crane in Blackpool on back of a blow-up unicorn

Blackpool AirGamez are coming to a close today but there have been some spectacular sights

 

Not something you see every day at Blackpool beach
Not something you see every day at Blackpool beach (Image: Bpl Bible/LancsLive)

Blackpool’s AirgameZ are in their final day, with hundreds of daredevils turning out to launch themselves off a 400ft crane with nothing but a parachute.

Widely considered to be the most dangerous extreme sport in the world, the basejumping event in Blackpool is the only UK competition of its kind.

Taking place on Blackpool Promenade from Friday (July 2) to today (July 4), the giant crane has been addition to the resort’s already fascinating skyline.

The crane, which is erected for the competition, is almost twice the height of the infamous Big One rollercoaster which stands at 235ft.

Each jumper taking part has used their skills and experience to land on a target placed on the beach, all competing to be AirgameZ Champion 2021.

But one in particular stood out over the course of the 48 hours.

Blackpool AirgameZ this weekend
Blackpool AirgameZ this weekend (Image: Bpl Bible/LancsLive)

Amid the head first jumps and the tandem jumps, one brave individual decided to take their flight on the back of a unicorn.

Majestically hurling themselves off the platform on the inflatable, the free faller deployed their parachute and managed to land, still sat on the float.

We know who our winner is.

The event is organised by Blackpool-based Julian Deplidge, 40, who has come second in the World Base Jumping Championships in Spain.

Julian had made over 1,000 jumps across 36 countries including Ukraine, Beirut, America, France, Spain, China and Finland in some of the most picturesque locations on earth.

One of the jumpers at Blackpool AirgameZ takes a head first dive
One of the jumpers at Blackpool AirgameZ takes a head first dive (Image: Bpl Bible/ LancsLive)

Blackpool, he states however, is one of the best locations in the world to hold the extreme event – but as the organiser he has not competed in AirgameZ himself.

He told LancsLive: “I’m local to the area which obviously makes things easier in terms of organising however there’s a lot more cost to stage the event in Blackpool.

“It actually costs us around £8000 more to have it here as opposed to a field somewhere in another city which it may be cheaper.

“Blackpool has beautiful headlands however that are perhaps underused and I think in terms of events and attractions there’s a lot of reliance on the Pleasure Beach and the Tower, so it’s great to use the beach itself.

An amazing sight to behold on Blackpool beach
An amazing sight to behold on Blackpool beach (Image: Bpl Bible/LancsLive)

“There’s nice soft sand to land on and plenty of places for people to watch from. You can see the crane from around 20 miles away and it looks spectacular as it towers above the Big One.

“”It’s not quite as big as Blackpool Tower but perhaps one day the council will let us jump off there! Visit Blackpool and the council have been really supportive along with a local company called KRS (Knight Ringing Services) and NMT cranes.”

This year is a little less competitive than other AirgameZ competitions due to travel restrictions on competitors coming in however jumpers will still be assessed on the quality of their falls.

Having an incredibly small window, the daredevils have one and a half seconds to deploy their parachute before the ground ensuring they’re not too early and not too late.

Points are also deducted for too much flailing and accuracy for falling within the five meter marker on the ground is rewarded.