You see some terrible attempts at suspension. Many of these suspensions have, fortunately for those involved, not gone wrong. It is devoutly to be hoped for that they wont go wrong. However for as long as nothing goes wrong this bad rigging goes on. The people responsible will point out that nothing went wrong and that the person suspended had a good time.
The fact that nothing went wrong ‘this time’ didn’t make it any less of a bad suspension. It doesn’t make it any less likely to go wrong next time. Balancing on the knife edge of disaster and getting away with it isn’t a validation of bad bondage.
So… do you want something to go wrong or not?
No of course you don’t because the person harmed would be the poor person suspended and not the moronic piece of shit that did the awful suspension.
Now this is something I’ve really seen so bear with me and you’ll understand why I’m making a further post broadly on this subject.
A guy who’s been around for a while it seems did a suspension. The rope work was bad and I mean BAD. Sloppily done, poorly placed, badly applied. Notice I didn’t use the word ‘hurried’ there because even though it was awful he took ages. The guy didn’t look like he knew what he was doing at all! And yet he was going to do a suspension. So he has one end in a loop of rope that on later examination turned out to be held together with nothing more than a granny knot as his ‘hard point’. The safety of this was pointed out to him by me as soon as it was spotted. The girl was in bad pain (not because of the dangerous ‘hard point’ but because of the awful bondage) but this guy was in no hurry to get her down despite being told how dangerous it was. He did get her down before further action was needed because she became much more ‘verbal’ about her level of discomfort. She was complaining of pain in her shoulder for the rest of the time she was at the venue.
Did this guy learn anything from this? No of course not, not his fault is it? Just a fluke. On another occasion he’s at it again. This time the suspended ‘screamed to be let down’ the second they went up. His fault? No! He had the wrong rope, the wrong, biners, the wrong ring, the person suspended had, and I quote “The wrong centre of gravity”.
Where was I? In the same place but doing a suspension of my own and so not observing him. At that event btw. I told this guy what I thought of his terrible rope work. Just in case you’re thinking ‘why didn’t you confront him then?’.
Anything learned? Nope. I heard tell a couple of weeks later that he’d done a suspension in another club and that the person suspended had ‘screamed to be let down’ the instant they went up. Wonder if he’s learned anything from that? Maybe it was just another unfortunate fluke? Maybe he had the wrong equipment again? Which would be strange as he does have a very nice big and impressive bag of rope, biners etc. with him.
Am I crazy in thinking that someone with his level of talent should maybe consider very carefully if he’s got what it takes to be doing suspensions?
I’ll tell you what he has got though. He talks a good game. I was doing a suspension with my partner and putting her through a series of transitions. He was giving a running commentary to two young girls about everything I was doing and how he does it better and how I manage the transitions and how he can do it better and how yadda, yadda.
I was giving a girl a suspension experience which she was very much enjoying, so comfortable that she was chatting to her friend about how much fun she was having, no screaming at all. Then this guy starts telling me how he does a suspension just like that (only better) and how I could improve it. This was when I have to say I’d had enough of him and told him exactly what I thought of his suspension etc. The expression “The stupidest thing I’ve ever seen” may have passed my lips along with expressions such as “utterly horrifying” and possibly “completely incompetent”.
OK so the point in the end of this is… Despite evidence such as injured rope bottoms, people screaming, politely having some of their grosser errors and safety mistakes pointed out, people screaming, being told bluntly how bad they are, people screaming. There are some people who keep on talking as though they are bondage geniuses and for all I know believing it. All I can think is that some people are far too stupid to realise how stupid they are.