Jamaican breaks Internet with waterslide stunt
A jaw-dropping video of Jamaican Rolando Johnson skilfully gliding down a waterslide, skiing all the way across the pool and amazingly landing on the pool deck on his feet, while managing to adjust his shirt as he lands has been making its way around the Internet.
Johnson’s acrobatics have earned recognition on TMZ, ESPN, FOX and NBC’s The Today Show and set the Internet ablaze with many viewers debating its authenticity.
The rare capture of his impressive feat has been making the rounds on social media since earlier this week, amassing over five million views, and swiftly climbing.
Johnson, who has been working as a watersports attendant at Beaches Ocho Rios’ waterpark for the last two years, said that after 12 months of constant trial and error, the stunt has almost become second nature.
“At first when I came to Beaches Ocho Rios I used to watch other people go down the slide and try and ski as far as they could across the pool. I decided I wanted to do that. After I became good at skiing, I next vowed to make it all the way across the pool and walk up the side.”
Johnson has been taking his new-found fame in strides.
“It’s been kind of crazy ever since someone posted a video of me doing my waterslide skiing act on the Internet. Guests and staff alike are coming up to me every day asking for autographs and hanging out at the poolside just to see me in action”, he said.
“I am really proud to be contributing to the guests’ experiences and making my team members and my hotel in general feel very proud. For me it’s all about helping Jamaica’s tourism and giving back to Beaches Ocho Rios who took a chance on me and gave me a job.”