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In Focus: Freedom to Flip

The group Down to Earth Parkour utilizes the movement of the human body

Sean Hegstad plants his left foot at the edge of a six-step staircase, kicks his right leg out as he leaps off the concrete, and hangs horizontally in the air briefly before completing a backflip and landing on his feet.

“Those are so fun,” Hegstad exclaims to his friends. “You just feel weightless.”

Passersby stop to watch the group of five young men practicing parkour, a sport that involves jumping, hanging and flipping off obstacles such as buildings, handrails and benches.

“Utilize the movement,” said Nick Brooks. “We just realized that the human body has so much potential, and we’re just trying to see how much potential, really.”

The group, Down to Earth Parkour, has been together for just over a year. They pride themselves on being honest, humble and hard working while expressing themselves in a positive manner.

“Being able to utilize every part of me instead of sitting on a couch, and just making people smile because we are jumping in the air and being goofy, it’s pretty spectacular,” Brooks said. “It’s a lifestyle, it’s a language, it’s a life changer.”

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Nick Brooks and other members of the group Down to Earth practice parkour in Kalispell on July, 5, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Nick Brooks flips off a staircase. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon