Balconing, Drunken Cousin of Parkour, Sweeping Europe—States Next?

balconing Balconing, Drunken Cousin of Parkour, Sweeping Europe—States Next?

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And you thought planking was dumb.

A new craze sweeping Europe, called “balconing” (original, we know), has already claimed the lives of six tourists in about a year, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to get people to buck the trend.

Aol News notes that a 19-year-old was recently injured from a 20-foot fall while jumping between balconies at a hotel in Majorca. Others have taken to jumping from a hotel balcony into the pool below (well, what are they supposed to do when the hotel doesn’t provide a diving board?).

So where did this ridiculous trend originate? Where else: “Drunk British men.” The new craze is like parkour, plus alcohol and minus all of that silly training.

So could the craze, um, jump Stateside? After all, New York City is rife with fire escapes and balconies, hovering above the dangerous concrete below. We hesitate to ask if people would actually be that stupid because, in light of the recent news, we fear the answer is yes.

pengel@observer.com

Comments

  1. Urinal Cake says:

    Why does everything need a name? I jumped from one balcony to another in high school back in the 90′s during school trips just to get some from one of the chicks in class. Is that considered Balconing? Ugh.

  2. Marek277 says:

    This has nothing to do with Parkour…NOTHING

  3. Gooneygoogoo says:

    Such as Urinal Cake stated, this has been going on for a LONG time, its just that the kids have lost enough brain mass to think that its more “ok”.

  4. Jakebizzle111 says:

    wtf… parkour is safe with proper training. agreed with marek277; this has absolutely nothing to do with parkour

  5. How is that anything like Parkour?! Parkour, defined: The art of safe, quick, and efficient travel, to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. What he was doing was not parkour, not even training for parkour! Now, by saying: The new craze is like parkour, plus alcohol and minus all of that silly training. Eh, hem…? What do you mean by “Silly”? If you are saying it is “Silly” to practice something that just might, no, scratch that, WILL, save your life one day, then I guess that Karate is silly, maybe even writing thing’s! To do something, you need practice. Practice is not silly. I have said my part, now you need to know the difference between “Parkour”, and just being a moron!

    1. How about you have your people do research on the subject’s that they are working on instead of winging it!

      1. Common Sense says:

        They have nothing else to compare it too and this site is like the onion. Look it up they write stuff to be funny. Take it with a grain of salt and grow a sense of humor.

  6. Rock says:

    Stop comparing STUPID things people do to Parkour or Freerunning. This has nothing to do with these disciplines! This kind of pathetic reporting from people like Pamela Engel is what happens when newspapers start being written by interns with a 9th grade education. Words have power, and when you litter the web with ignorant remarks like those above, you just make it harder for us to get insurance, organize events, teach other people or get recognized as a legitimate sport. Instead you write your infantile sensationalistic remarks, and head off for coffee, a joint and cocktails — all of which are more likely to cause you physical harm and death then anything a traceur or freerunner might ever do. 

    1. Geradduglass says:

      owned!

    2. Geradduglass says:

      owned!

    3. Lolol says:

      Yo, dawg. You do realize she’s not saying that this is parkour and that its just drunk idiots IMITATING parkour?

  7. Camron David MacDougall says:

    All this is, is drunk guys thinging they can do what they see in films, TV and on the net. I dont see how this is a craze or why it needs a name, it already has a name stupidity.

    I dont see why it is being compared to PARKOUR because it is nothing like it AT ALL. Parkour is actually a sport, which takes alot of training and skill to master. Also i dont take to kindly to the training being called silly i would like to see you try one day with us training pengel@observer.com
     

  8. Nick Gendal says:

    Balconing is a drunken-stupid-badass thing. And parkour is a art, a sport, and a creative way to move/live. And it’s well trained, safe.
    So please do not even think of writing parkour and balconing on the same page!

  9. parkour freak says:

     everybody compares something like this as the drunk or stupid version of parkour

  10. Camron David MacDougall says:

    Nick Gendal, Dude i could’t put it better myself.

    Parkour is a life style, balconing is just drunks guys doing drunken stuff.

    Thunbs up mate :)

  11. This not is parkour, parkour is the art of movement,  is the art of safe, quick, and efficient travel. But that’s a stupid jump. Parkour is a good and safe sport. Don’t speak over themes when you don’t know in totality.

  12. Cody Bolen says:

    Please refrain from negative associations with Parkour, the media has already done more than enough to tarnish it’s reputation in some places. Write an article about the training and discipline that goes behind the movements. BTW just cause you mentioned training doesn’t mean people still aren’t going to associate this negative article with parkour.

  13. Cody Bolen says:

    Please refrain from negative associations with Parkour, the media has already done more than enough to tarnish it’s reputation in some places. Write an article about the training and discipline that goes behind the movements. BTW just cause you mentioned training doesn’t mean people still aren’t going to associate this negative article with parkour.

  14. Geraldduglass says:

    please stop comparing this to parkour. its very disrespectful to our art. imagine if we blamed karate for every time two people get in a fight.

  15. Geraldduglass says:

    please stop comparing this to parkour. its very disrespectful to our art. imagine if we blamed karate for every time two people get in a fight.

  16. Schneiderbeara says:

    No. This is the cancer that gives parkour a bad name like skateboarding. I am ENRAGED that you would even THINK about comparing this STUPID fad to the discipline of parkour in ANY way! You are the reason parkour is viewed as dumb and dangerous. I’m ashamed of you as a human being. This is absolutely ABSURD.

  17. Aubrey says:

    Ignorance, absolute ignorance. The understanding of parkour is so little yet they know enough to compare this to parkour? Ignorant report.

  18. IamSpartacus says:

    I thought this article was a joke at first, then i realised its the same bulls**t ramblings of an american newspaper, theres no comparison, its like saying jumping over cars is the cousin of olympic hurdling?

  19. jay says:

    balconing and planking = parkour for wastemen

  20. Ez Styla says:

    Lazy journalism. That is all.

  21. ledzepman says:

    parkour and freerunning are serious disciplines that involve serious mental and physical training. balconing has no relation to parkour or freerunning at all. now, im going to assume that because you are an American, you do not understand the full concept and meaning or parkour and freerunning. and thats ok, as an American tracuer myself, i have seen first-hand the misunderstanding that many people have of parkour and freerunnning. parkour/ freerunning is not just messing about. its a philosophy, discipline, and to many people, including myself, an art and a way of life, a way of thinking and believing. As others have said below, i agree that comparing what may be someones way of life to a stupid stunt can be insulting. This comparison can also bring a negative image to parkour and freerunning, causing the public and officials to misunderstand and view practitioners as dangerous stuntmen, when in fact we are highly motivated, observant, and mentally and physically fit.  i believe that you did not have this intention, but please be aware of this. thank you for your time. 

  22. Ez says:

    Lazy journalism. That is all.

  23. Chrysis says:

    Parkour is the test of ones metal and physical limits. It is not just finding some ledge and jumping off of it just to see if you won’t break your neck. people that do parkour have years of practice just like any other sport and it is insulting to compare it to this balconing thing that Drunk British men apparently creaated. All that “silly training” enables us to things you can’t even fathem so please, have some respect.

  24. Czudej says:

    Whoever wrote this must be retarded, parkour has nothing to do with jumping from a balcony like an idiot. Parkour’s a form of art, not some stupid shit you do when your drunk, balconing isn’t a trend, it’s simply being a fucking dumbass.

  25. realtraceur says:

    so sad that reporters connect everything with danger with parkour. DO RESEARCH. stop comparing parkour and freerunning as the same thing. they are not. planking is not the new parkour. this is not parkour. PARKOUR is a lifestyle and transportation. get your facts straight please. this is why traceurs can’t train without police interfering. they get the impression from media that it is destructive and dangerous. it is only dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing

  26. Raskolnikov says:

    It’s just nature eliminating the weakest links. It will be even  more efficient in America, because you don’t have a socialized health care system.