Luke Aykins went down in history as the first person to jump from a height of 7,600 meters without insurance. The parachutist-record holder devoted 30 years of his life to air, one day to show the world that the impossible is possible and become an inspiration for a thousand enthusiasts, as he once was.
Luke Aykins was born November 21, 1973 on the Gulf of Mexico in the touristic city of Corpus Christi, Texas. In the family of third-generation paratroopers, almost everyone was involved in air sports. Mother, father, uncle and aunt are titled athletes with their own school and teaching methods. The childhood idol of the future extremal was Joseph Kittinger, who set a world record by parachuting from a height of 31,300 meters on August 16, 1960. Continue reading
Freestyler Jean-Philippe Oakler was born in Saint-Foix, Quebec on August 22, 1977. He was known by the nickname J.P. At a young age he showed talent in the traditional disciplines of skiing. However, all the basic rules and requirements established by FIS severely limited his freedom, so JP left the classic freestyle and started inventing his own tricks.
He had like-minded people like Vincent Dorion and Shane Zox, JF Cusson and Mike Douglas. Newspapers dubbed the team “The New Canadian Air Force.” The young extremal regularly won prizes in big air. At the age of 34, he moved to live in the mountainous Switzerland – the dream of any skier.
In order to get permission to perform new tricks on the mogul highway, J.P. sometimes had to do paperwork for several months. Continue reading
On August 23, 1962, the first-born, Dean Karnazes, was born into a working-class Greek family. A year later, Craig was born, and after three – Peri. For fourteen years, the family lived in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles. The child’s running addiction appeared in early childhood. Passing into the third grade, he began to participate in short-distance competitions. Getting older, the boy more and more liked to test himself for endurance and unrestrainedly drawn to travel. At the age of eleven, he went through the entire Grand Canyon and climbed Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Related States. And when the future marathoner turned 12, he covered 65 km in one day on a bicycle. Continue reading