I don't know how many more of my favourite things I can cram into one project! There's flying, a Sea Shepherd paraglider, circus and now, a fundraiser for two of my long time favourite organisations; Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Paw Justice.
So last year I ordered an aerial hoop from the UK. Along with acquiring more bruises I've ever had in my entire life, I have slowly been putting together a routine that would be possible to do in the air with a harness and safety lines attached. Next there was the minor (major!) issue of finding something/someone to hang off. Luckily I seem to be surrounded by people who love this sort of thing and it wasn't hard to find someone willing to pilot a paraglider for me to hang off. Not only that, the paraglider has a massive Sea Shepherd logo on it which, if you know me, you will know how happy I am about that. Georges, the pilot, also happens to be one of the best I know and has done all sorts of impressive things with his glider (base jump off a glider anyone?!).
Now the time has come to put it all together and hopefully create a piece of circus high in the sky above beautiful New Zealand. This isn't an entirely new concept. A couple got together in France and performed a trapeze act below a paraglider at a height of around 2000 ft. If you haven't seen the amazing video they made, check it out here - it will blow you away. Also, the official Guinness World Record for highest trapeze act currently sits at 2171 ft which happens to be held, in part, by another good friend of mine, Chuck Berry.
As far as I know, this will be the first time anyone has performed an aerial hoop act beneath a paraglider and all going well, will also be the highest circus aerial performance.
What's more important than being the highest, is the opportunity to raise some well deserved funds for two very important and effective organisations; Paw Justice and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Scroll down for more information on these organisations.
PLEASE click the link below to donate money towards my goal (you don't need to be in NZ to donate).