Why base jumping is considered the most dangerous kind of extreme
Base jumping is rightly considered a more dangerous form of hobby than its ancestor – parachuting. The difference lies in the fact that in parachuting, jumps take place from significantly higher altitudes, to which athletes are delivered using aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, balloons, etc.). At the same time, the recommended distance to the ground, at which it is necessary to open the parachute, is about 500-600 meters. In this case, in case of failure of the main parachute, the person has 10-11 seconds to free from the idle and the deployment of a reserve parachute. Base jumpers jump from a much lower height and the entire flight usually takes less than 6 seconds. Spare parachute just becomes useless. The problem is that due to the lower falling speed, the required exhaust force of the exhaust parachute to open the main dome is simply not enough. Therefore, traditional parachutes are not suitable for base jumping. For this extreme hobby, special satchels and parachutes equipped with large exhaust domes are being developed. Continue reading
Not so long ago, many in our country perceived windsurfing as something distant, fabulously beautiful from another life, another world. Beautifully built, tanned young people against the background of blue waves and the ocean breeze turned this sport into something inaccessible, beyond the control of a simple person. And what was the surprise when the name of our compatriot – St. Petersburg guy Yegor Popretinsky was found in the top ten windsurfers of the planet.
Egor was born in Leningrad on October 8, 1986. The ordinary life of a simple St. Petersburg teenager made a sharp turn at the age of twelve. The craving for sports was founded from an early age, but instead of the traditional football, hockey or basketball for Leningrad at that time, little Egor made his choice in favor of extreme sports. The search for himself in sports affected both martial arts and skateboarding, but everything was changed by one simple trip to his grandmother. Continue reading
BASE jump is insanely interesting and exciting, but also extremely dangerous. Each of the basic jumpers risks taking another jump. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan, which leads to terrible consequences. This is exactly what happened to the famous young 31-year-old Alexander Polly, whose jump in the French Alps near Chamonix was the last fatal for him on August 22, 2016. How did he embark on this path and how did it all begin?
Alexander Polly, future pioneer of skydivers and skydivers, was born in Norway on June 26, 1985. Unfortunately, practically nothing is known about his childhood and youth, as well as about when he immediately began to practice ski jumping. But, of course, he became the most enthusiastic base jumper and wingsuit. He had dual citizenship – he was a citizen of both Norway and Italy. Continue reading