Earlier this month a video went viral, causing as much wonder as it did confusion. In the video, a man slides down a waterslide into a pool of water, but it was what he did upon contact with the water that sent shockwaves throughout the internet.The video gained internet fame after it was posted by Morgan Evick on Twitter along with the caption: “Slidin’ (literally) into the DM’s like…..”. By this point the tweet has gone viral, amassing over 80,000 retweets and 150,000 likes in less than a week.In the short clip, which is only nine seconds long, we can see that when the man hits the water he remains seated, skidding across the surface of the water in a striking way. When he gets to the edge of the pool he uses his momentum to stand up and casually walk away from the feat like it was no big deal.My first response to seeing the video was absolute amazement. The second time I wondered how he managed to do it. After that point, I started to suspect that there was some skillful editing going on. I wasn’t alone, as a lot of the internet believed that the remarkable feat must have been a result of some video trickery.So was the video faked? One of the parts of the video that skeptics pointed out was that after he reaches the edge of the pool and stands up, he seems to put on a t-shirt out of nowhere. It’s also hard to see what exactly happens because a woman passes by the camera at this time.One Twitter user asked: “Wait. Where did the shirt come from? It’s like a magic trick”. And who exactly was this magical man who can walk on water? These questions and more were answered when TMZ tracked him down and found out exactly what happened.
The man the internet has been dying to discover is Rolando Johnson, a 21-year-old lifeguard at a waterpark in Jamaica. He confirms that it is a trick, explaining that it is something that a number of the lifeguards at Pirates Island Waterpark have taught themselves to do.Johnson has been trying to get the trick right for nearly two years, and it was just coincidence that it was this successful attempt that got caught on camera. And as far as the shirt goes – he explained that he pulls the shirt to his chin to hold it there, as the water can push it back over his face in this position.However, this is not just a trick for skilled lifeguards. While it’s easier to learn when your job keeps you near water at all times, Rolando said that it is something that anyone can learn to do. The lifeguards at the waterpark have been teaching visitors the technique for some time now.The tips he gave were to initially build up as much speed as possible on the slide, mainly with a big push when you’re at the top. Then right before you hit the water, sit upright and cross one leg over the other.After that, all you have to do is perfect the landing – something that takes a little practice. Good luck to anyone who attempts it, I’m pretty sure I’d sink like a stone unlike the staggeringly suave Rolando.While this looks effortlessly cool, some people just aren’t so lucky. Waterslides can be pretty dangerous, like what happened with this 10-year-old that was thrown off a dangerous slide in this new waterpark.