- Dean Michael, 18, from Germany , was brandished an ‘idiot’ after the stunt
This is the moment a thrill-seeker leapt onto the roof of a double decker London bus to catch a free ride while narrowly avoiding being knocked off by tree branches.
Dean Michael, 18, from Germany, was branded an ‘idiot’ after the stunt, which he captured with a GoPro Hero 11 action camera.
Without the bus driver realising, he appeared to jump onto the top of the bus via a 9ft high bus stop.
Dean says he had been given advice by a friend on how to travel that route for parkour.
‘I wasn’t alone there, and a local friend told me he had already surfed the exact same route some time ago.
‘I’m not often in London and that’s why I decided to do it then.
‘Before the ride I’m always a little paranoid and feel like someone is watching me, but it was actually not a problem this time.
‘The moment when I jumped on I was only thinking about if they heard or saw me.
The bus stop was around nine feet tall and the height of the trees were 30 to 40 feet, with low hanging branches that Dean narrowly missed
Dean continued: ‘But finally the bus started driving. Once I was up there on the driving bus my heart rate went down again.
‘While the bus was driving I then was able to properly relax and tried to enjoy it.
‘Once I realised that a woman had seen me from the pavement and was talking to the bus driver my heart rate got a little up again and I had to jump off spontaneously, and didn’t really think about the fact I was on a double decker.’
Dean said the ‘greatest achievement’ from filming is that you can re-watch it years later.
He said he also enjoyed sharing his content with his friends on social media and claimed ‘some people are so inspired that they text me and tell me that I’ve changed their lives completely.’
But not everyone appreciates his antics.
Dean Michael, 18, from Germany , was brandished an ‘idiot’ after the stunt, which he captured with a GoPro Hero 11 action camera
Dean said the ‘greatest achievement’ from filming is that you can re-watch it years later
‘There are also some other opinions, with people making death threats against me and my family or calling me an idiot, and so on,’ he told. ‘But I don’t let these comments affect me.
‘I don’t want to encourage someone to go and climb structures or go train surfing by posting my videos.
‘The message is always to stay focused on what you are doing and do your own thing.
‘Don’t think you have to be doing what everyone does, think about what fulfils you the most and let it control you.’