Professional kitesurfer Nick Jacobsen made an amazing jump off the top of Richard Branson’s Necker Island on Sunday. The subsequent video includes cool footage as the Danish kitesurfer launches himself from 131 feet above sea level. (Watch above.)
Nick became widely known as a daredevil in kitesurfing circles after he jumped off a crane in South Africa in 2011.
Virgin boss Branson – who was present for yesterday’s adrenaline-pumped stunt – shared the video on social media, saying “this could be the most exciting video you’ll see in a long time”. Nick jumped from the roof of the ‘Great House’
Branson wrote on his blog that “everyone held their breath as he cleared more than 300 feet of land – including a zip line and jungle – and travelled 500 feet to land upright in the water on his board. A huge cheer broke out as he hit the water and kited on across the blue BVI sea.
“What an experience! As a keen kitesurfer myself, I was in awe – blown away by Nick’s courage and style.”
The jump was shot for what is being touted as the biggest kitesurfing film ever, Chapter One, which is being directed by Bob van de Gronde.
Nick and other extreme innovators, entrepreneurs and athletes are on Necker Island at the moment for a Mai Tai Global gathering. Branson explained the group gathers to “share their passion for networking, tech and kitesurfing” and to challenge what’s expected.
Nick’s next challenge is to take on the 1000-foot drop of the world-famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai.