In a long list of phobias, many of which nature has generously endowed with man, there is one called fear of heights. People subject to this scourge often use the expression “breathtaking”, even if they are separated from a hard surface by some ridiculous two meters. But nevertheless, one should pay tribute to justice – anyone will feel, to put it mildly, not comfortable when there is an abyss several hundred meters deep underfoot.
Anyone, but not Alain Robert, since this extreme is the steeper the height, the better and, therefore, there is work to do. They admire him, make fun of him, they simply do not understand him, but everyone, as one, agrees that Robert is an extraordinary personality, an athlete without fear and reproach, a player with Destiny and Fortune. Continue reading
1999 year. Competitions of the most desperate people on the planet in everything that, one way or another, can be called extreme sports. On the ground, in the air, on the water – with the help of wheels, boards of various modifications, engines and just a pair of skis – each of the participants tries to prove to the opponent that his passion for risk is several dimensions higher than the others. And that the most dangerous and, possibly, crazy action (trick, feint, trick) is yet to come. This is X-Games – and there is no place for weaklings and cowards! Just 31-year-old American skateboarder Tony Hawke forever imprinted his personal data in the history of extreme entertainment. From the 11th attempt, he nevertheless obeyed the extremely complicated number, which was called the Indy 900 among skateboarders. The essence of it is to jump on a ramp and be able to complete a revolution of 900 degrees around itself. It’s hard to even imagine, not what to accomplish. And it happened in a person with a height of 191 cm! Bravo, Tony! Continue reading
2011. Ocean coast of Portugal. A surrealistic picture worthy of the brush of the best masters of this genre – a huge wave 24 meters high rushes to land at a speed of 50 km / h, and a tiny human figure is visible on its crest, gliding across the thickness of water on a funny plaque. A moment – and the stranger flies down the steep, changeable wall, so that after a while, as if nothing had happened, appear on the shore with a broad smile on his tanned face. Let me introduce – this is Garrett McNamara, a surfer with pronounced extreme inclinations, and just now, he has set a world achievement, which will soon be fixed on the pages of the Guinness Book of Records! Continue reading