There have been many "tombstoning" accidents reported in the mainstream news over the past few years leading some deep water soloing enthusiasts to speculate that there may be a ban on cliff jumping or tombstoning in the UK which could effect climbers and deep water soloing. How such a ban would be implemented is not clear.
Meanwhile in the Verdon, France, Udo Neumann and friends have been "enjoying the Verdon limestone and refreshing water, where the Verdon river enters the Lac de St. Croix."
I am worried the perception of tombstoning will soon stretch to DWS as well. After all, the BBC just broadcast Ultimate Rock Climb and Tim Emmett's climb up Nicky's Leap so obviously ended in what the media call 'tombstoning' that the link is already there. Now the difference is your average 'tombstoner' couldn't do the climb first, but I was angry to see how the media condemn then televise it but say "Don't try this at home!". Double standards.
I bought the tombstoning.com domain name 2 years ago before it had received SO much bad press. I have been rock climbing and rock jumping (as it was so simply called before that) for years and wanted to put up a gallery of pictures for friends and family. Now I'm attempting (and it may fail miserably) to put up advice and safety guidlines for anyone taking part in this extreme sport that actually takes it seriously, and isnt just drunk or jumping off a pier.