A self-storage manager from California will appear on an upcoming episode of the ABC TV show “Wipeout.”
Don Kemper, a manager at Storage Solutions in Placentia, Calif., took on the world’s largest extreme obstacle course for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. In each episode 24 contestants traverse an obstacle course comprised of whacky challenges such as dodging hockey pucks, jumping onto moving platforms and bouncing across giant balls. The winner is named the “Wipeout Champion” and wins the grand prize.
Kemper beat about 75,000 other applicants to appear on the show, which will air Feb. 24. Following an application process, several interviews and many waivers, Kemper and his step-daughter, Tatiana Kelly, secured their spot to challenge 12 other pairs of contestants in a pairs episode.
Kemper’s biggest challenge was getting hesitant Storage Solutions management to agree. We definitely wanted Don to do the show. We knew he would be great at it because he’s
smart and athletic,” said Jae Ho, operations manager. “But our concern was he would get hurt, and he is such a great asset to lose for any amount of time.”
After taping the episode in November, Kemper did return to work with his arm in a sling. While he’s unable to divulge how he did on the show, he said, “The overall experience of getting to run the obstacle course, including jumping over the infamous ‘big balls’ and other unreal, unbelievable and grueling challenges, was exhausting and withering.”
Storage Solutions operates 21 convenient self-storage facilities in Southern California. The company is the self-storage division of Union Development Co., a real estate developer with more than 1.7 million square feet of property in its portfolio, including retail, industrial, self-storage, and R.V. and boat storage.