Dizzying achievement: Trampolining teenager does a record EIGHT backflips from a single bounce
- Ernest Brenchley, 15, broke his own record for the number of flips in one bounce
- He reached seven-and-a-half flips two weeks ago and decided to go for eight
- His friends bundle him after he completes the eight flips in the Netherlands
A teenager believes he is the first person ever to complete eight backflips in a single bounce on a trampoline.
Ernest Brenchley, 15, from Canterbury, Kent, posted a video on his social media yesterday where he completed the ‘world-first’ stunt.
Last year he became the first person to complete a ‘septuple kaboom’ flip – seven rotations.
His latest footage shows the teenager practising to top that at an indoor trampoline centre in Switzerland, before cutting to his attempt outdoors in the Netherlands.
Flying high: Ernest Brenchley, 15, jumps high in the air in the Netherlands to begin the ‘world’s first’ eight-backflip trampoline jump
Ernest, who has been trampolining for four-and-a-half years, is seen gaining momentum as his friends complete smaller jumps to increase his momentum.
He then rises high into the air and begins to somersault, rotating faster and faster to try and push his limits.
Ernest just manages to squeeze his eighth rotation in before he hits a crash mat and his friends run onto the trampoline for a celebratory bundle.
Ernest told MailOnline he had planning his eight-flip attempt since October last year.
The 15-year-old from Canterbury, Kent, begins his descent by tucking his knees in tight to begin rotating
Ernest picks up incredible rotation speed as he falls back down to the trampoline
He said: ‘About two and a half weeks ago I did another stunt which was six flips to seven flips and I did it to my back, which in my sport, is usually a sign you can add another one on, you go a little bit higher.
‘I did seven and a half and I thought “Why don’t I go for eight?” I was in the perfect location to do it for the week.’
He said this year’s record meant much more than last year’s septuple kaboom flip at the Bouncelab Belp in Switzerland.
Friends cheer as Ernest nears the bottom of his descent, still rotating at a high speed
Just before Ernest hits the trampoline his friends throw out a crash mat to catch him safely
‘That was a good feeling but doing eight is just ridiculous. I don’t know how long it’s going to take to register in my head – a long time.’
Despite the euphoria of achieving eight flips, Ernest has no plans to try and reach nine.
He said: ‘No not at all, not at all. Personally, I think it’s almost physically impossible to reach nine.’
Ernest doesn’t have long to let his record stunt sink in before his friends bundle him on the trampoline in celebration
Before he completed his bounce in the Netherlands, Ernest practised his technique at a trampoline hall in Switzerland (pictured)
Ernest, who is part of the Radial Flipz group, had been visiting friends in the Netherlands when he completed his eight-flip stunt and he says that he had to have complete faith in them to keep him safe.
‘100% trust, he said. ‘I have to trust them with my life because at that height it is pretty much life or death.
‘It’s never gone wrong. We have seen the bad side of it which is falling off, knee injuries, back injuries, neck injuries but there’s never anything serious.’
The video of Ernest completing his record stunt has already been viewed more than 44,000 on Instagram.