The peel-out is one of the gnarliest falls in parkour because it often leaves a practitioner falling towards their head, neck, and spine with difficulty spotting the ground. Peel outs are especially dangerous because most swings take place on bars or branches at least 2 m (6 feet) above ground level.
(Photo by JC Gellidon) I haven’t told this story because frankly it’s a bit embarrassing how naive and oblivious I was that night a few years back. Recently I was reminded of it, and it stuck out to me as a story that needed to be told, an important contrast needing to be expressed. … Read more