Daytime jumping is prohibited from Pirikkallio in Pikkukoski. Immersion logs may be expected under water. But when the evening comes, it starts to happen.
Body orbits in the air straight around itself, the blue sky flashes in its eyes, then the surface of the water and again the sky. The water is cloudy, dark brown.
There may be two meters left. When the second round is complete, the abdominal muscles pull everything in half. The toes and fingers penetrate the surface first and the eyes are pinched.
The water bubbles white where the person has disappeared beneath the surface.
Swimming supervisors have left home from Pikkukoski beach a couple of hours ago. No one is banning jumping anymore, but the red-yellow signs on the lower pier are reminiscent of the danger to life.
The hot evening sun warms the side of Pirunkallio.
At the top, two concrete levels resemble an old jump rack. The tower was demolished in 2017 too dangerous. The rapids’ currents may carry debris and sunken logs to the jump site.
Jumping is not illegal, but it is also by no means recommended.
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Reijo Hyvenen climbs a rock Seven feet back up. Wet soles and dry leaves stick to wet soles.
“It would flutter a bit,” Hyvenen says.
She looks red and looks pleased. Water drips from the hair.
If you don’t feel the bottom, don’t jump, he says. Usually he walks through the bottom with a handgun before the first jump.
“I have crushed all the bridges. The highest point I jumped from is 15 meters. Now I’m here with the little broid. ”
The little boy asks his big brother to make the previous jump again.
“I don’t want it when it hurts so much,” Hyvenen says.
He takes the momentum and makes the effort. The head bends backwards towards the rock and the back tensions to the arch.
Clock approaching nine.
Ossi Pennanen is going to jump on the “superman”. That’s a suggestion from the guys.
They have been inspecting the jump site. It is so deep in front of the cliff that you could not reach the bottom by diving.
Pennanen disappears behind the tongue. There is a splash from below.
Next goes Lukas Heiman. Stomach towards the water, hands in fists on hips.
Sebastien Dosseh runs back and forth along the edge of the cliff. He wonders where to pull the “biker”. It’s the same jump Hyvenen did before.
A few meters below, the rock forms another tongue.
“Are you fucking sure?” Pennanen shouts from the pier.
Next the outfit climbs a cliff. There are five boys. Backpacks, t-shirts, sandals and caps fall to the ground.
They ask if anyone jumped earlier today. How high is it and how deep the water is.
Everything should be fine. However, one of the boys keeps the clothes on. He thinks there is no point in the fuss. Besides, someone had said that there should be a jumping tower here.
“No one has talked about any jumping tower.”
Spläts. Spläts. Spläts. Spläts.
Four boys swim to the beach and climb back up to where the Fifth has stayed to guard the piles of clothing.
“You don’t want to be the only one who didn’t jump! Think if the police came from there, you would have to jump. ”
The police don’t show up, the boy doesn’t bend. He’s going to go back to the beach.
The rest are left to stand in a cluster at the edge of the cliff and stare down. Someone suggests a “buck”.
“Have you taken a first aid course?”
It takes ten minutes and no one wants to jump. Someone says he still doesn’t dare, and suggests going home.
From five afternoon Kerttu from Kassi and Matias Kennedy was forbidden to sit on a rock. They move to the other side of the cliff to hide from view.
As a child, Kassinen has been swimming. Kennedy has never been to Pikkukoski to jump.
“Don’t lead jump into that rock. You are just pushing forward, ”Kassinen advises.
According to them, many have been waiting for the coast guards to leave. Pretty good because there are a lot of kids on the beach during the day. They must not be set a bad example.
“When it’s over, it’s a shoe feeling.”
Next the duo arrives at 21.54.
Joonas Ikosen and Samu Pasasen there have been plans for an evening swim. A good jumping spot is a pleasant surprise. They have seen others jump and thus found the place safe.
Ikonen says he is shaking and suddenly jumps down.
“I’m a pretty bad hot dog. Jumping is quite a scare. But when it’s over, it’s a king feeling, ”Ikonen says after the first jump.
The best tactic, he says, is to go before you have time to think. During the aerial flight, he feels terribly alive. The airflow hisses in your ears. I saw hard.
Someone throws black rubber slippers in the arch into the water and goes after themselves.
The air still feels soft against the skin.
There will be more people somewhere.
Someone asks Ikonen if he takes the momentum before jumping. He says he himself jumps preferably without speed. However, it is a matter of taste.
The duck has gone to rest on an emptied pier, on the edge of a winter swimming spot.
Ikonen and Pasanen are not in a hurry to go home.
“I’m pretty happy right now,” Ikonen said.