The last time this writer fell from a height naked and screaming, I’d just been born. But, incredibly, a man in Omaha, Nebraska, has done that 60 times in a single day and, in the process, created a new category for the Guinness World Records.
Rian Kanouff, pictured above with a helmet covering his helmet, had a pretty busy day last Wednesday. He spent the whole day naked experiencing adrenaline rush after adrenaline rush. And, no, he wasn’t doing that. Get your heads out of the gutter, you disgusting sickos.
Rather he was jumping out of a plane from thousands of feet and all for a good cause; raising money for the Movember Foundation to help combat men’s suicide. Sadly, Rian has a personal connection to the cause. In the skydiving world, there’s a tradition that on your 100th jump you jump out of the plane in your birthday suit. Sadly for Rian, one of his close friends who was closing in on his 100th jump lost his life before he could fulfil the milestone, and so Rian took it upon himself to do it for the both of them… 60 times.
Speaking to local TV station 1011 Now, Rian explained: “My friend that we lost to mental health issues was about [that] close to his 100th jump… Close enough that he talked about it all the time, and he didn’t get to make it. So I am out here for him and a lot of other people that we lost.”
Rian contacted the Guinness World Records to find out how many naked jumps he’d have to complete in 24 hours in order to get the record, only to be told that record didn’t even exist yet. He was informed that if he accomplished 25 jumps they’d include him in the official records. That’s how you know something is crazy, when the category doesn’t even exist yet in the Guinness World Records.
Rian is clearly not someone who does things half-assed (pun intended) and with the help of a group of volunteers he more than doubled that goal. Fellow skydiver Scott Dvorak explained that they had to run a tight ship so that Rian could maximize his jumps.
“From the time he loads the plane ‘til he takes off and gets out is about five minutes,” Dvorak told 1011 Now. “Then, about a three-minute descent, so we’re about seven minutes there… He spends about two minutes on the ground re-rigging and getting back in the plane for a total of 10 to 11 minutes per turn. That puts us at about six jumps per hour.”
They got started at 4:30am at the crack of dawn (once again, pun intended) and Rian managed to reach his 60th jump by 9pm just as the moon was rising (you better believe that pun was intended too).
So well done to Rian for finding a way to spend all day naked doing the thing he loves most and, somehow, coming out as a hero. If this writer tried to do that he’d be arrested at Strike Bowling.
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