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Video: Death Diving Is TikTok’s Newest Dangerous Trend

New York Post

(New York Post) This viral stunt is a total flop.

“Death diving” is what can only be described as extreme bellyflopping — and it’s the latest dangerous trend gathering fans on TikTok.


Videos of people jumping from great heights and purposefully bellyflopping into the deep blue have gone viral as people across the world are discovering death diving.

Asbjorg Nesje, a young woman from Norway, is responsible for several viral videos in which she can be seen catapulting herself off high surfaces. Her most recent dive alone has gathered 42.5 million views.

In the clip, Nesje throws herself off a wooden platform from 81 feet in the air (the highest Olympic diving board is about 33 feet) and spirals downward for several seconds before splashing into the waters below.

Stunned viewers pleaded for confirmation that Nesje was safe — prompting the dare-diver to upload another angle of the jump that clearly shows her landing and reemerging out of the water.

Asbjorg NesjeAsbjorg Nesje is the female champion of the 2021 and 2022 Døds championships held annually in Norway.Tiktok / asbjorg_n

People are evidently mesmerized by the nerve-racking videos, which boast more than 253 million views on TikTok thus far — and all come stamped with a safety warning.

But these divers don’t have a death wish. Most of them are, in fact, professional extreme athletes. These terrifying jumps originated in Norway where the sport is called dødsing.

The sport was created in Norway in the early 1970s as a way for men to show off in front of girls, said champion Anders Rox.

Dødsing is officially monitored by the Dødsing Federation, which sets guidelines and world rankings and has hosted the world championships in August every year since 2008.


And, indeed, Nesje won both the 2021 and 2022 Døds women’s championships after joining the sport in 2020. She’s currently ranked 33rd across the globe.

The highest-ranking American is Harrison Wells, who comes in 12th place behind 11 Norwegian athletes.

The Dødsing Federation lists three main criteria for marking a good jump: the run-up, flight, and landing.

The run-up is judged by speed and power, which usually comes from a skip of one foot. For the flight, the “døds must be harmonious in the air and appear as controlled at all times,” whether it be a classic or freestyle jump.

A classic døds includes “simple movements,” without full rotations, while a freestyle døds must contain rotations and other “tweaks.”

Death diverThe sport was created in Norway, where it’s known as dødsing.Tiktok / martin_32123

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