Nailed It: The Art of The Jump Shot

Slope Point, New Zealand

We all love a good ol’ fashioned romp around on camera. Age, gender and location is irregardless; practically any situation begs for one.

Of course, I am talking about the jump shot, which has become almost as ubiquitous as the selfie on social media.

We badger our beleaguered friends to take ‘just one more’ as we quest for the photo that will crown all jump shots. No doubt in our heads we look effortlessly agile, lean and fit, whilst in reality often resembling a grimacing blamanche in mid-air.

I for one love a jump shot. However, as I have about as much style and grace as a tap dancing rhino, I am the first to admit that I suck at achieving a quality jump. Does this stop me from trying?

Of course not!

Again and again I jump, until I’m out of breath from the exertion and the laughter. Did we get a good photo? Nope.


Here I am jump shot failing like the best of them in New Zealand

I often find it is the failed jump shots, rather than the perfectly executed, that bring a smile to my face.


Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Months later, when I look back at pictures showing another attempt to elevate myself in a beautiful place, I suddenly remember the fun I had trying.

Here is another one of me looking like a wally.


Epic jump at Cape Reinga, New Zealand

But, much to my satisfaction, I am not alone. Everyone seems to love a hilarious, failed jump shot, and if Instagram is anything to go by, are keen to share these proudly with the world.

So, to rejoice in the bumbling, gangly efforts of my fellow jump shot failers, here is a collection of some of my favourites who nailed it:

There’s Always One

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Zach, you're doing it wrong. #jumpfail

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Jumpshot pa! Lol #jumpshot #jumpshotfail #ouch

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Sitting Down On The Job Jump


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#jumpshotfail. Hahahaha!

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Getting That Jump Is Harder Than College


Bad Jump Hair Day

Aiming For Jumps, Achieving Bump(ed) Knees


You Gotta Be In It To Win It

The Bigger The Expression, The Higher The Jump



But after all those botched countdowns, we still keep jumping. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is, because we love doing it.

I will leave you with the simplest truth of them all:

Jumping Makes Us Happy. Fact


Happy jumping, everyone!




  1. October 15, 2015 / 11:27 PM

    I too am a advocate of jump shots and have one in most of the places I go. 😃

    • October 18, 2015 / 12:33 PM

      Amazing! Though, I have ten times more failed jump shots and the last perfect one that ends up getting shared…!

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