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Trampoline & Acrobatics Indo Pacific

June 29th – July 5th

The Indo Pacific Championships 2014 will be hosted by the South African Gymnasts FederationSun City, situated 160 km from Johannesburg. …

Click PLAY or watch a new promo on YouTube.


Trampoline, Tumbling, Double-Mini and Acrobatics. The competition can include all Indo Pacific Members, namely Argentina, China, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Qatar, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Namibia, United States of America.

However it was decided to invite all FIG member countries, including Europe. They may compete as invitational participants, they may medal but cannot claim an Indo’s title. Should a gymnast from an invitational country medal the gymnast from an Indo Pacific member country will receive the same rank and both competitors will receive medals.

Anyone going should plan EXTRA days for sightseeing.

Sam Sendel – 8 Triples

On Supertramp.


Made an 8 triple routine. I know its not as cool as Jason’s 10 triple routine but i hope you enjoy. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Happy (belated) 50th birthday Trampoline!

‘Whaling’ the new Harlem Shake

… the premise is to act like a whale breaching the water behind an unsuspecting observer. …


Trampoline Whale.

Swakopmund Gymnastics, Namibia

I was proud of the Namibian girls who competed African Championships yesterday. Though having some of the lowest start scores, they looked clean, confident. Kept smiling. Kept their heads high.

Abby Dar

Congratulations. :-)


Swakopmund is a beach resort town, famous for a cooler climate and adventure sport. Population 42,000.

I was invited to visit the club while on holiday, happy to find that American coach Joe Softich had been volunteering there for a couple of months, a gymnastics “vacation”.


The facilities are very basic.

Swakop Gym

Home made “channel pit”.

channel pit

Training only on this outdoor vault runway, they flip Tsuk and Yurchenko.

vault runway



The club runs a charity sponsoring underprivileged children’s gymnastics.

warm-up gym

They soon move to a huge, modern multi-sports facility.

new gym

more photos

Any MAG or WAG coach on holiday in Namibia is advised to contact the club. They might be able to provide accommodation in exchange for you volunteering to assist at the gym. For a week, a year … or longer. :-)

email Dana Risser-Wheeling

dana (a) ondjamba.com.na

Namibia and South Africa are the top tourist destinations in Africa, in my opinion. I’ve been on a gymnastics holiday here since January 16th.

I’m planning a Gymnastics trip to southern Africa for (most likely) 2015. Click through to learn more.

2014 African Championships in Trampoline, Tumbling and Aerobic Gymnastics will be hosted in nearby Walvis Bay (NAM), April 30 – May 1, 2014.

They were moved to Namibia from Egypt due to the complicated political situation there.

Walvis Bay Gymnastics, Namibia

I visited the tourist town of Walvis Bay, Namibia to see 200,000 flamingos and gymnasts.


The club is impressive to look at. MAG, WAG, Rhythmic, Trampoline & Tumbling.

Walvis Bay Gym

more photos

Unfortunately this facility must be set-up and taken-down each day. :-(

Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club is run by Vesko and Roumi Kostin from Bulgaria.

Indo Pacific Championships

100 days until the competition.

Sun 29 June – Sat 5 July 2014

A Trampoline, Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics competition comes to Sun City, South Africa. Indo Pacific Championships take place every two years. …

Hosted by the South African Gymnastics Federation, the 2014 Championships will be held at the fantastic Superbowl, Sun City 29 June – 05 July 2014, with all participants scheduled to stay at the Sun City Resort.

Indo Pacific Champs

official website

I watched some of the Namibian team training yesterday in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay

Hunan Gymnastics School arrests

Scandal has hit the closed world of Chinese gymnastics after at least six under-age girls were allegedly raped at one of the country’s most prestigious academies.

The director and deputy head of the Hunan Gymnastics School, dubbed the “cradle of champions” after training four Olympic medallists, have been arrested and questioned by police. …

The school’s director, 48-year-old Liu Zhiqiang, was arrested last December, according to the Legal Evening News. Zeng Rong, 52, the school’s deputy head, was detained the month before.

Both men are being investigated for sexual assault after six girls reported them to the police, according to the Oriental Morning Post. …

A reporter for the Legal Evening News was told the matter was being dealt with secretly. “The case involves minors and will have a negative impact on society so we will not release information to the public,” an unnamed policeman told the newspaper. …

Telegraph – Chinese gymnastics academy that trains Olympians hit by scandal

(via GymCastic)

Trampoline history


Uploaded to the YouTube account of Samuel Castro is a video called “Trampoline Best Legends.” It’s been making the rounds on social media networks. There are many outstanding performances on the video, including clips of trampoline gymnasts at Cirque and on the winter slopes. I don’t know where he got all the clips and I’m not sure who all the performers are or where they are performing. However, I did bear witness to a few of the performances in person.

Galimbatoviski is the most talented gymnast you probably never heard of. At minute 2:25 is a clip of him performing an historic record-breaking routine, the first competition routine with 5 triples in a row, and the first with a rudi-out triffis. He performed two of them: rudi-out triff tuck, 1/2 in rudi-out triff tuck, triff pike, 1/2 in triff tuck, triff tuck – solid, on an ancient 1/4? bed. …

I did not witness Canada’s Jason Burnett perform his world-record DD routine of 17.7 in a 2007 World Cup, but his routine is included in this compilation of Trampoline greats at 5:30.

Trampoline Pundit – Best Trampoline Legends Video

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – 1964 (December) A Year of Trampoline Champions & the Nissen News

Chinese Trampoline training

The website Ministry of Tofu posted a great photo essay about the Chinese youth trampoline training program at the Fujian Trampoline Center where 2008 Olympic Champion He Wenna got her start. Because of her success, among the first Chinese to win an Olympic Gold medal, the Fujian Trampoline Center became the Training Center for the National Team.

There are 40 students there, selected for their potential, who range in age from 5-16. …

Trampoline Pundit

Let me guess …

A small girl will be crying.

Trampoline China

Photos: Chinese kids on the trampoline

Karen Cockburn back training

The three time Olympic Trampoline medalist, age-33, wants one more major international competition. :-)

“I currently weigh less then my pre-pregnancy weight,” she said. “My focus in the gym is on regaining my lean muscle mass and improving my power. I started back on the trampoline two weeks ago and it feels great to be in the air again. I am trying to take it slow, as my mind wants to do everything I did before, but my body needs time to adapt to jumping on the trampoline again.”


Karen Cockburn hopes to bow out at Pan Am Games

Tramp Champs to Namibia

David Wise – Super Quad

David Wise (born June 30, 1990) is an American freestyle skier.

On February 18, 2014 he became the first ever men’s Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe.

Click PLAY or watch him training Tramp in an X Games promo on YouTube.

That Super Tramp is made by Max Air. The “original” version was made by Dave Ross at Rebound Trampoline.

(via Trampoline Pundit)

The Garden Trampoline: Basics

New book by Peter Marino:

Garden TrampolineGarden trampolines are excellent for learning basic trampoline skills at home. In this handbook you will learn the fundamental skills needed for the trampoline, such as tuck, pike, straddle, seat drops, back drops and much more. The handbook contains chapters as diverse as: safety, body positions, warm ups, skills, and challenges. With topics including: arm circles, straight jumps, tuck position, pike position, straddle position, seat drops, back drops, and front drops.

eBook (ePub) $2.99