Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

This week Jack continues his adventures with Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd, singer Natalie Imbruglia and television presenter Konnie Huq. Having survived a mountainous adventure in Canada, this episode sees Jack and the celebs head 3000 miles away to the tropical island of Hawaii for a deep and deadly mission in the clear waters.

The team are in Hawaii to have a go at freediving; learning how to hold their breath and swim as far under water as possible without a lung bursting!

Jack explains, “The dangers are shark attacks, getting knocked out by a speeding boat, shallow water black outs, you can drown…There’s a long list of dangers but, in typical Adrenaline Junkie style, we take them in our stride!”

Freediving is a competitive sport with several different variations and can trace its roots as far back as the fifth century in Korea. Professional freedivers train for many years. The celebs have two days.

Two professional freedivers give the team a crash course in breathing technique on dry land before heading to the pool. In order to freedive they have to relax and hold their breath for as long as possible, needing focus, control and a calm mind. They’re practicing in only four feet of water but failure to master the technique will put them in danger later.

Natalie says, “I’m quite into meditation so that side of it appeals to me. But for a singer I have terrible lung capacity.”

Natalie, Billy and Konnie all push themselves and each manage to hold their breath for up to four and a half minutes underwater. But when it’s Jack’s turn he finds it more of a struggle and decides not to go again.

The team then head out into the open sea for more training, and Jack says “everything bodes well except for the fact I blacked out!”

They have to get used to descending down a fixed line to a yellow plate and all of the celebs manage to reach the 50ft target. But when Konnie comes up, the professionals notice she’s having difficulty with her breathing and suggest she heads back to the boat.

To sharpen up their new found skills Derren, the professional diver, challenges them to swim into an underwater cave. He explains, “There’s no bailing out on this one because you’re not going to have air above you, you’re going to have a ceiling.”

Drained by the strength of the waves, the girls retreat but the boys swim into the 30ft underwater tunnel and plunge into the cave.

That afternoon, the team have a go at one of Hawaii’s most famous sports. Jack explains, “We thought it’d be massively inappropriate if we came here to do extreme sports and didn’t go surfing.”

Natalie feels the need to apologise to her countrymen saying, “I apologise to all Aussies watching – I can’t surf!” But still manages to nail the longest wave of the day.

The next day the team are back on the boat for their second day of freediving. In teams of two they dive as deep as they dare, starting at 50ft and increasing by 10ft each time. The boys go first and both hit 60ft easily. Watching from the boat and feeling under pressure, Konnie says, “I hope they don’t turn it into some manly, macho dive-off!”

Jack and Billy both make 80ft and Jack also hits 90ft. As Billy dives down for 90 the freedivers decide to go with him but he makes it all the way and returns to the surface triumphant.

Then it’s the girls turn. But a few metres into Konnie’s first dive Derren notices something is wrong and brings her back to the surface. Worried that there might be a problem with her ears he decides against her continuing and sends her back to the boat for medical attention. Of her second setback, Konnie says, “I can’t breath right, can’t hear right!” Meanwhile, Natalie pushes on faltering close to the 70ft plate but eventually making 80ft.

Jack then explains the team’s last adventure, “fourteen miles paddling in open sea to an uninhabited island eleven miles away from civilisation.”

The team head off in kayaks to the northernmost island on an expedition that should take them about seven hours.

Billy says, “I’ve never kayaked before, extreme or otherwise.”
“I had a practice last week in Regents Park!” jokes Natalie.

After reaching the island, the team pitch tents for a night under the stars before heading home and reflecting on their trip.

Konnie says, “Even the bits I hated, you enjoy in retrospect.”

Natalie says, “On this trip I’ve been the most scared, and probably had the most fun, of my life.”

After two months, 60000 air miles, six celebs, three extra Osbournes and numerous highs and lows, Jack’s latest mission has come to a close.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Jack Osbourne is back for a new series of Jack Osbourne Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie, but this time he’s accompanied by the rest of his family. In this first episode of the new series Jack is joined by sister Kelly and parents Sharon and Ozzy as the Osbournes take part in a family adventure Adrenaline Junkie style.

After five years of hair raising antics he’s joined by his parents in Las Vegas and Jack’s aware of the challenges they all face. “My parents are out here and they’re both really old….but I’m looking forward to trying to get them stuck in.”

Unfortunately Ozzy comes down with the flu but Sharon has a plan. She calls daughter Kelly and gets her to fly from New York to take part in the first event – rock crawling.

Rock crawling involves attempting to drive highly modified four wheel drive vehicles up near vertical rock faces, down terrifying drops and over obstacles that would be impossible to tackle in a normal vehicle. After checking if her mother has remembered to wear a sports bra, Kelly, although jet lagged, dives straight in and is the first to practice manoeuvring the vehicle.
After Jack and Sharon also have a try, they test their skills out on a course which involves driving over twenty or so steep tricky rocks, round bollards and through a series of mini crevasses all without rolling the vehicle. Each Osbourne will be timed and the fastest one round the course wins.

Sharon is the first to tackle the course after feeling confident in her practice. While driving through a gulley, Sharon deviates slightly from the precise path and terrifyingly the vehicle flips over and leaves her and her instructor hanging upside down. Jack admits he’s worried “I thought she was going to get her hand crushed” but Kelly is visibly upset despite Sharon’s assertions that she’s ok.
Once the right way up, Sharon gets the car in gear and out of the gulley. After getting out of the vehicle, she laughs off her first attempt at rock crawling. “Two minutes on it and I f**k the whole thing up!”

Kelly decides she doesn’t want to attempt the course after her mum but Jack manoeuvres his way round brilliantly.
The next morning, Kelly leaves for the airport and Jack and Ozzy, who’s now feeling better, set off for some father and son bonding….by going indoor sky diving. Jack is planning on doing a skydive over the Nevada desert the following day and this is his chance to persuade his dad to join him.

Since a near fatal quad bike accident six years ago Ozzy has to be careful what activities he undertakes. But he’s intrigued watching the indoor skydiving, which he describes as “like being stoned without any dope.”

“I don’t know where Jack gets his intrepid streak from,” Ozzy says. “I used to have to be out of my face to do any of this stuff.”
After watching Jack, Ozzy decides to have a go and, assisted by instructors, he throws himself into it as the wind from the jet engine blasts him at one hundred and twenty miles an hour. Afterwards, a buzzing Ozzy describes it as “the most powerful f***ing hairdryer you’ve ever used.”

The next morning Sharon and Ozzy accompany Jack into the Nevada desert as he prepares for his skydive. Ozzy bows out of joining Jack on his jump, but accompanies him in the plane while Sharon watches from terra firma. As the plane reaches 15,000 feet Jack and the camera crew launch and plummet to earth at one hundred and twenty miles an hour.

In the plane, Ozzy faces a challenge of his own. Since his guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane accident in the 1980s, Ozzy had avoided travelling in light aircraft. But he admits that this experience “has kind of broken a curse for me.”

After watching Jack, both Sharon and Ozzy admit they wouldn’t mind having a go at skydiving so Jack organises one last adrenaline fuelled adventure in the desert. The Osbournes board a specially converted plane to experience zero gravity. A converted 747 passenger jet, the plane has had most of its seats ripped out and has reinforced wings. It will climb to 34,000 feet to begin manoeuvres.

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