Professional wakeboarder Jack Hammersley defends video of ride in carpark
Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark
A man who went wakeboarding in a flooded underground car park has defended his actions after it emerged that he is a professional coach.
The footage shows 24-year-old Jack Hammersley, from Farnborough, Hampshire, riding a board in the Bedford Road facility in Guildford on Sunday, with fellow professional 18-year-old Jorge Gill. The pair also went wakeboarding in a nearby park.
To take part in the sport that is usually performed using a motorboat, Mr Hammersley and Mr Gill reportedly used a winch system to pull themselves at speeds above 15mph.
Mr Hammersley was criticised online following the publication of the video on various news websites. Defending himself he said: “It's not their choice to do it - if we want to do it, it doesn't really matter what they say, we had fun.”
“I'm sure people injure themselves doing a lot more stupid things than that,” he added.
In response to accusations that the pair were trespassing he said: “There's no sign saying it's private property."
"We probably should be wearing helmets. We normally do - but we were trying to get some good photos."
He said he and Mr Gill, from Kilburn, north west London, were at the car park only on Sunday night: "But if it's still flooded, we might go back again."
His words come as the UK once again braces itself for turbulent weather after storms battered the country during the Christmas holidays.
The Met Office has extended its severe weather alert until Thursday morning, warning that the already saturated ground and swollen rivers in the south of England and Wales might not cope with more rain.
Additional reporting by Press Association
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 4 Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
Sally Farmiloe dead: Howards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, dies aged 60
Women in Turkey have a laugh in public at the deputy Prime Minister's expense
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
Australian model Robyn Lawley stages naked protest against huge coal mine seven times the size of Sydney Harbour
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
- < Previous
- Next >
Unpaid Voluntary Work : Cancer Research UK: We need motivational volunteers to...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Accounts Assistant (Accounts Payable...
£200 - £300 per day: Ashdown Group: IT Trainer - Marlow, Buckinghamshire - £25...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + Generous commission scheme: AER Teachers: Thames T...