JumpSport Demonstrates the JumpCourt as an extreme sports training apparatus at the 1997 World Wake Boarding Championship


SARATOGA, CA — October 20, 1997 JumpSport, LLC demonstrated it's JumpCourt in conjunction with Connelly Wake Board (CWB) products at the 1997 World Wake Board Championship held October 17 - 20 at Crane's Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, Florida. The JumpCourt was demonstrated as a training apparatus to practice basic wake boarding maneuvers on dry land. Parks Bonifay, 2nd place in the 1997 Men's Overall World competition, and brother Shane Bonifay were both on hand to give demonstrations in the JumpCourt. Other national wake boarding competitors who gave showed off their maneuvers in the JumpCourt were Rob Struharik, Dave Reinhart and Sonja Scheffler.The World Wake Boarding Championship was the last event in the 1997 Wake Boarding Tour sponsored by companies such as Connelly CWB and Nautique Boats. It was covered by ESPN and can be seen Saturday, November 22nd on ESPN2. The JumpCourt was set up at the event with a tow rope inside so wake boarders could safely practice their timing and movements while bouncing on the trampoline.

The JumpCourt is a safety net enclosure which surrounds trampolines to prevent children and adults from falling off. The product brings safety and peace of mind to the backyard where trampolines are growing in popularity. The JumpCourt attaches to standard 10' to 14' trampolines with a system of flexible padded poles and netting to give 360 degrees of protection to anyone jumping on a trampoline. The netting extends for 6 feet above the trampoline bed to prevent an unexpected ejection from the trampoline. Together, the netting and poles flex in a manner which can withstand an impact of over 800 foot pounds of energy.

JumpSport's founder, Mark Publicover commented "I originally designed the JumpCourt as a safer way for kids to enjoy the trampoline. I didn't realize at the time how important the device would be for bringing safety to the training for extreme sports. The JumpCourt has turned out to be an excellent way for extreme sports competitors and enthusiasts to safely practice their aerial skills. If you've ever seen anyone eat it doing a flip on a snow board or roller blades, you can appreciate how important it is for serious competitors to have a safe way to practice their moves."

On the last day of the World Wake Boarding Championship competition, a drawing was held and the trampoline and JumpCourt were given away to Jared Gilmore of Winter Park, Florida.