“Jumping from a swing is unbelievably scary, at least for me, as I’m not used to the water element. However, during the warm-up, I managed to get a goodfeel of the swing, and that helped me focus on doing tricks, instead. It was awesome that I managed to win such a tough competition,” told very satisfied Vekki after the competition.
Ville Vahtola, last year’s World Champion, placed second in the competition. Before his swing jumping career, he was a successful diver. The competition was extremely close, as the top two were only one point apart. The bronze medal of the World Championships was awarded to Jussi Polkko.
The jury of the World Championships scored the jumps based on impressiveness. The principal judge of the jury was the two‐time European champion of diving, Joona Puhakka. In connection with the championships, an unofficial world record for the longest swing jump was also reached. This record was achieved by Ernest Kymi from Kotka, whose record jump carried him all the way to 17 metres.
Swing Game–Swing Jumping World Championships were held by the mobile games company Kotka Games, who is specialised in the production of games with the swing jumping theme. The company’s first game was launched in connection with the Swing Jumping World Championships. A video compilation of the Swing Jumping World Championships can be found on the website SwingGame.com/championships.