A group of big men from Sydney, Australia have made a fat splash at a contest to decide the best "belly flop" exponent in the country.
CU: Contestant weights in.
GV: Winner Maruie Bulpit jumps into water PAN TO crowd clapping,
GV: Contestants doing variety of belly flops. (10 shots)
SV: Crowd watching.
SV: Bulpit receives cheque and ticket for Canada.
SCU: Bulpit talks to reporter.
SV: Contestants drinking beer.
TRANSCRIPT: BULPIT: "Well, I'm very elated and I hope I can serve the Icebergs well by doing it and hope everything goes accordingly.
REPORTER: "What chance do you think you've got of winning in Canada?"
BULPIT: "Not a great deal."
SPORT: BELLY FLOPPING
REPORTER: JOHN McGREGOR
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Background: A group of big men from Sydney, Australia have made a fat splash at a contest to decide the best "belly flop" exponent in the country.
SYNOPSIS: The swimmers gathered at Sydney's Bondi baths for the competition. One qualification was that competitors had to weight at least 18 stone (about 114 Kilos). The corpulent gentlemen were keen to win the Australian section of the World Belly Flop Championships -- the final is in Vancouver, Canada at the end of this month.
A belly flop is actually a dive gone wrong -- or a dive where the diver hits the water stomach first and makes a sizeable splash. Points are awarded for the height of the splash, estimated water displacement in long tonnes, the difficulty of the flops, artistry and personality.
The judges had plenty of variety to consider -- one Variation was the "buttock flop". Eventually a winner emerged -- Maurie Bulpit who describes himself as a "human iceberg" because he swims all year round, regardless of the water temperature.
Maurie Bulpit weights 18 stone four pounds (about 116 kilos). He wasn't the heaviest contestant, but attributes his success to steady diet of beer, toasting his win with his favourite beverage.