WITH a waist almost as big as his fearlessness — and a brutal list of injuries to prove it — this is the world’s fattest daredevil.
The mysterious 30-year-old, known only as La Mascotte, or the mascot in English, turned to extreme jumping more than 15 years ago – and has earned a reputation for being the biggest and bravest of them all.
“I’m doing this because I’m big and I want to show that big people can do great things,” he told The Sun Online.
La Mascotte, who goes by the name la-mascotte94 on Instagram, started posting videos of his crazy dives two years ago and works with a team of four who he credits for his recent success.
“My friend, known online as @acrobat94, taught me to scuba dive. He makes a lot of extreme videos and we hope to become big names together.”
The larger-than-life adrenaline junkie, who lives in Paris, said he travels to water theme parks across France in search of the biggest slides and catapults himself off them, often performing somersaults and twists before stomaching in the water plopped.
“I want to show what tall people can do,” he said, adding that extreme sports are his passion.
“My next jump is at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
“I’m going to jump from the bridge at the foot of the Eiffel Tower into the Eiffel Tower [River] sienne I’m going to do some somersaults and finish with a death dive.”
A death dive is when you jump into a belly flop position but grab your feet at the last moment and land in a ball on your stomach.
La Mascotte’s friend and fellow daredevil, who goes by her Instagram handle @cass.officiel, said she’s proud of what her pal is doing.
“He urges other people to do the same. People who are fat or slightly taller than the general population, he urges them to push their limits, break their fears and be active.”
But La Mascotte’s fame comes at a price.
He’s broken ribs, feet, arms and a knee, not to mention lots of bruises all over his body.
The former engineering student’s last jump at Frenzy Waterpark in Torreilles, which went viral, left one side of his body covered in red, blotchy bruises, which he shared on his social media accounts.
“My next step is to continue what I’m doing to get more followers and possibly get some branding deals in the future. Always higher, always bigger,” he said.
“It’s finally nice to have someone recognize me for what I do and it’s nice to have people’s support and support in general.”
The illusory aquatic artist – who doesn’t want to reveal his true identity – said he chose his name because “mascots are always fat and they don’t show their face”.
Last month, the chubby daredevil climbed onto the roof of a tall slide at Frenzy Waterpark and jumped while a huge crowd looked on.
Footage shows the young Parisian raising his hands to rally a crowd who cheered him on as he leaps and slides down the plastic slide and is thrown into the air before landing a few meters from the edge of the pool.
What appears to be GoPro footage shows La Mascotte fully extended and flapping his arms as he is catapulted through the air.
Moments later, he lands heavily, creating an almighty splash in his wake.
According to French news agency L’Independant, the water park organized a jumping competition sponsored by Red Bull.
La Mascotte was one of the few to jump on the refurbished waterslide, which cost €6million, according to the publication.
The clip has now gone viral and the edited version is captioned “Dad is taking the divorce well…”
It’s not the first time the mysterious daredevil has wowed crowds with his hilarious diving skills.
Other footage has surfaced showing him slamming off a suspension bridge 36ft into what looks like a lake, according to his Instagram account.
Another shows him plowing down the same waterslide, but this time from the correct starting position.
He lies on his stomach as he flies down the slide and hits the water sideways.
Another clip shows him doing a tandem jump.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5963334/worlds-fattest-daredevil-la-mascotte-fearless-diver-france/ I’m the world’s fattest daredevil – I’ve broken my arms and ribs doing terrifying death jumps, but that won’t stop me