First aired the 8th of January, 2015 on Channel 7
Derek: That’s it.
Rhys: I’m really scared, Derek. I’m going to be honest. I’m not looking down, Derek!
Derek: Good job. Close your eyes if you want. Let’s get that right leg over. Well done!
Rhys: Yep, that’s me on top of a building, thinking I was about to have a big break of my own. But we should probably start at the beginning.
Now, as you know, I’m the Adventure Reporter on Coxy’s. I’ve done everything from skydiving to quad biking in the bush, and today’s no different at all. I just wish I was good at it.
I’m down at Southbank on top of the Urban Central building to try my hand at a bit of Rap Jumping, which is kind of like a scary version of abseiling.
Derek: Rhys, how’s it going, mate?
Rhys: We’ve only just met. Can I trust you with my life?
Derek: You sure can. I’ve been doing this for many years. I haven’t had an accident yet.
Rhys: Great. I think.
Derek: You think.
Rhys: Let’s go.
Derek: All right, let’s go.
Rhys: My instructor for today is fellow adrenaline junkie, Derek Whittingham, who has been manning the ropes here for 10 years.
Now, Derek, I remember when I started this adrenaline roller at Coxy’s, Coxy himself said, “Mate, no matter what you do, just don’t look down.” What do I do here? Because I am facing the ground, where do I look?
Derek: You aim for my brakeman’s head. That’s what you’re looking at.
Rhys: Aim for his head.
Derek: Yes, aim for his head.
Rhys: Now I promised myself I wouldn’t look before I started, but I had a peek before and it looks like a long way. How far down is that?
Derek: Thirty meters, mate.
Rhys: And is the challenge more mental than physical?
Derek: It is, very mental.
Rhys: It sounds mental, but here goes nothing.
Oh God, Derek! Oh sugar, Derek!
Derek: Left leg over, sitting down.
Rhys: I’m not looking down, Derek!
Derek: Good job. Close your eyes if you want. Let’s get that right leg over. Well done! Hands on the rope.
Rhys: Oh, far out.
Derek: Enjoying the view?
Derek: It’s beautiful. Here we go. Well done. Open those hands, start running down. Good job. Well done!
Rhys: Oh, wow! Come here!
I thought I was pretty good until this guy went down. Wow, that was quick. Let me have another go, but this time with a little bit more flair.
Brakeman: Oh, well done!
Rhys: I can’t believe I did that.
Brakeman: Ah, you did it very well.
Rhys: That was very scary, but fun. Thank you.
Brakeman: No worries. Cheers.
Rhys: Wow, now that is an adrenaline rush. And I’d love to stay and break the speed record, but I’ve got somewhere else to be. Wow! Actually, wow!
Yeah, I’m Rhys Uhlich from Coxy’s Big Break and I have just been Rap Jumping from up there, seven stories they say. I tell you what, I was petrified…probably I was more than petrified, but I’m so glad I did it. The experience afterwards is amazing, I think symbolic of a lot of things in my life and I’m capable of anything. So, highly recommend it. I will probably do it again I reckon. So thanks for having me guys.
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