New Daredevil Sport has Authorities Shaking their Heads: Is GOHSSHWA the New Craze for Adrenaline Seeking Teens?
BOULDER, CO - A new daredevil craze is taking the world by storm. Originating in the grungy streets of Russia, Getting Ontop of High Stuff and Standing, Hanging or Walking Around (or GOHSSHWA for short) is quickly becoming one of the biggest pastimes for young, reckless teens.
“GOHSSHWA, is really popular these days,” said Brandon Douglass; a well respected, up and coming athlete in the sport. “There are even gyms now built specifically for practicing the art.”
We took Brandon back to our studio for an exclusive interview to find out more about this new daredevil activity.
What got you interested in Getting Ontop of High Stuff and Standing, Hanging or Walking Around?
I was just browsing FaceBook one day and I saw a picture of a guy standing on the edge of a building looking down. The picture had 100,000 likes, and I thought to myself, “I could do that,” so the next day I climbed up a fire escape outside of a hotel. When I got to the top, I was kind of scared, but I crept up to the edge, stood there and took a picture of my toes dangling over the drop below with my phone. From that moment, I was hooked. It’s the easiest thing I have ever done and people find it a lot more impressive than parkour. I practiced parkour diligently for 5 years and got basically zero notoriety. At a certain point, I thought, why should I spend years honing a craft that requires tons of skill when I can just buy a GoPro and use the basic skills that every human being is born with to become famous? I mean, all you have to do is be able to hang, walk, and stand on high stuff. Plus it’s pretty exhilarating.
What about climbing? Don't you have to be good at that?
Not really. If you can climb a ladder, that's pretty much all the climbing skill you need. In fact, a lot of times, I just take the stairs and open the hatch.
What does your daily training consist of?
I try to do most of my training outside, but I also attend the local GOHSSHWA gym, which has a balance beam, golf clubs to simulate selfie sticks, pull-up bars, and ladders. Walking the beam is all about composure. Ideally, you want to look very casual as you walk, so I try to focus on having a confident gait. I also climb up and down the ladder at least 15 times every day to build my basic climbing endurance.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Cadillac Wanted, for sure. He pushes the sport every day. Some people say he’s not even doing GOHSSHWA anymore. For example, he sometimes brings a hot girl up on the roof and hangs her over the edge by one hand. Holding someone else’s life in the balance is a scary job and one that I’m not ready for yet... Oh ya! This one time, he did three chin-ups at the end of a crane. I find it really inspiring, but sometimes I feel like this sport is becoming more about doing the next biggest moves. I prefer to stick to the basics of hanging, standing and walking around. There is a lot that can be done in the realm of refining those fundamental techniques and I can always just go on a higher building or crane if I want to push myself.
Do you ever worry about dying?
Not at all. I mean, do you ever worry about choking on a chicken bone or falling in the shower? What I do is basically just as easy as performing any other basic life skills, like eating food or taking care of personal hygiene; it looks harder than it is.
What do your parents think of this? Are they concerned for your safety?
They were really frightened the first time they saw a picture of me hanging off the edge of a building, but I have been doing this for 2 years now, so they are numbed to it at this point. Plus they know how much grip strength training I do behind the privacy of my bedroom door, so they support me and don’t worry as much these days.
GOHSSHWA may be fun for its practitioners, but local authorities aren't quite as enthused. "It's reckless and it's against the law," said Boulder County Sheriff. "It's okay when they practice in gyms, but not on someone else's property."
What do you think of this new craze? Will it last? Is it SAFE? Sound off in the comments below!