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
The beginning of the story of Danny begins in the town of Dunvegan, which is located on the Scottish island of Skye. Born December 23, 1985, a red-haired kid spent all his free time riding a bicycle since childhood, which later led him to work as a mechanic in an Edinburgh bike shop. According to Danny McAskill himself, after work, he rushed to study his strength, his bike and study the beauties of the capital’s street, while honing his unique style, mixing complicated tricks and a trial.
But it all paid off in 2009, when at the age of 23, Danny and his roommate Dave Sowerby, who was a cameraman, uploaded a five-minute video on youtube that actually showed the skill of controlling a bike to the band’s song “the funeral” Horses. ” Despite the fact that they worked on this video for almost six months, who would have thought that the next morning the guy would wake up as a star? The video went far beyond Scotland, gaining three hundred thousand views in just one night! And in the morning this video was on the main pages of YouTube and the BBC website. Professional riders left comments on this video clip, having noticed a serious competitor in Danny in the near future. Soon, articles about this skilled guy appeared in the New York Times and other major publications, after which the young street Continue reading
Xavier De Le Rue was born July 1, 1979 in Bayonne (France). He began his international career at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Korno-alle-Skala, where he took 13th place in giant slalom. On November 14, 1997, he made his debut at the World Snowboard Championship. In Tignes (commune in France), he returned to the giant slalom, but took only 76th place. A week later, in Zell am See, he reached 57th place. For the first time in Lienz in January 1998, he managed to take 7th place, thereby falling into the top ten. Still a junior, at the 1998 World Cup in Chamruss, he finally won the silver medal in giant slalom. In March 1998, he first performed at the Les Angles resort in parallel slalom, and also won the FIS race. A week later, he made his halfpipe debut and took 13th place in Kotra, almost falling into the top ten. At the 1998 French Championships in Alp-d’Huez, he first took part in the snowboard cross and took 4th place. After winning several FIS races in this new discipline, as well as winning the national title at the 2001 French Championships in Serre Chevalier, he went to the World Cup, which began in September 2001. Continue reading