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American 'Speed Flyer' Disappears in Swiss Alps

Official search for Harrison Fast was called off Monday

(Newser) - Family and friends are launching their own search for a 28-year-old Colorado man who disappeared Saturday while speed flying in Switzerland, KDVR reports. According to the AP , speed flyers use special parachutes to fly close to the ground at high speeds while descending mountains. Mechanical engineer Harrison Fast was speed... More »

Extreme Athlete Dies Setting Up Hot Air Balloon Stunt

Tancrede Melet, 32, was 'at arm's length' from the basket when he fell 100 feet

(Newser) - A French extreme sportsman described by the Inertia as an "inspiration to the working man" has died at the age of 32 after a hot air balloon stunt backfired, ABC News reports. Tancrede Melet, part of a daredevil group known as the Flying Frenchies , was setting up the stunt... More »

Skier's 1,600-Foot Fall Caught on Video

'The most terrifying crash I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Sure it's fast, but it's not the way we would choose to get down a mountain. UPI reports a 24-year-old professional skier survived a 1,600-foot fall while filming footage for an extreme sports film in Alaska's Necola mountains. The film production company, Teton Gravity Research, posted... More »

Extreme Sports Star Killed in Skydive

Erik Roner slammed into tree at Lake Tahoe

(Newser) - The world of extreme sports is mourning yet another star killed doing what he loved best. Erik Roner made his name as a ski BASE jumper, but his final stunt was a skydive at a golf course at the Squaw Valley resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., reports the Dallas Morning ... More »

Daredevil Pulls Off 'Most Hardcore' Stunt Yet

FMX champ pushes the boundaries of motocross

(Newser) - There's surfing waves, and then there's Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison surfing waves on his motorbike "and performing other God-like activities to slam home the fact that he is not a human," as Jenni Ryall at Mashable puts it. Incredible footage shows Maddison pulling stunts on a... More »

Daredevils Die in Yosemite Stunt

Dean Potter was among best-known extreme athletes

(Newser) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was one of two men killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman says. Someone called for help late Saturday after losing contact with Potter, 43, and his climbing partner,... More »

Base Jump Kills Extreme Sports Legend

Climbing world mourns Sean 'Stanley' Leary

(Newser) - One of the more celebrated careers in extreme sports has come to a tragic end in Utah's Zion National Park. Sean "Stanley" Leary of California, a base jumper, climber, and stuntman, has been confirmed as one of two jumpers who died in the park earlier this month , reports... More »

US Takes Gold in Skiing Halfpipe

Daivd Wise soars while world's top-ranked skiier disappoints

(Newser) - David Wise won the gold medal in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing today, cutting through heavy snow to easily outclass the field. The 23-year-old American scored a 92 on his first run through the halfpipe clogged by wet, soggy rain and snow all night. Mike Riddle of Canada took... More »

Woman Makes History: Rows Across Pacific Alone

She completes solo 150-day voyage from Japan to Alaska

(Newser) - After 150 days of rowing punctuated by storms, close encounters with sharks and cargo ships, exhaustion-induced hallucinations, and an engagement, Sarah Outen is back on dry land. The British adventurer has arrived in the Aleutian Islands, having become the first woman to row the 4,315 miles from Japan to... More »

'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving

(Newser) - Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and... More »

Lindsey Vonn Airlifted to Hospital After Crash

Race had been delayed due to visibility issues

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter today after crashing and apparently hurting her right knee in the super-G race at the world ski championships. Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off... More »

Snowmobiler Dies After X-Games Crash

Caleb Moore, 25, dies a week after being crushed by snowmobile

(Newser) - Caleb Moore died today of injuries suffered during last week's horrific snowmobile crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., his family revealed today in a statement. Moore, 25, hurt himself when he botched the landing on a backflip, bringing his entire 450-pound snowmobile crashing down on his... More »

Wind Derails Hypersonic Skydive From Space

Daredevil postpones 23-mile stunt

(Newser) - A healthy sense of his own mortality couldn't stop Felix Baumgartner from hurling himself from the stratosphere in an experimental spacesuit, but a little wind could. Baumgartner was planning to take a record-setting 23-mile dive today that would have given scientists their first look at the effect breaking the... More »

Man Sets Record Surfing Tallest Wave Ever

Guinness certifies November feat from American Garrett McNamara

(Newser) - American pro surfer Garrett McNamera has done something no other man alive has done: surfed a 78-foot wave and lived to tell of it. Guinness World Record has declared McNamera's wave the tallest ever surfed, topping the previous record, held by legendary surfer Mike Parson, by just one foot,... More »

Skier Burke's Family Stuck With $550K Bill

Website set up for donations

(Newser) - Sarah Burke's family has more than grief to deal with after her tragic death : The skier racked up more than half a million dollars in medical bills after her accident, CTV reports. The family has set up a website seeking donations to help—so far they've raised almost... More »

Bizarre Trend: Extreme Ironing

TV camera catches man pressing shirt on empty highway

(Newser) - It’s thrilling, it’s dangerous—and it’s efficient. To get their kicks and get things done, some are turning to extreme ironing, a bizarre new "sport" in which thrillseekers smooth out their wrinkled clothes in exotic locations. The sport made UK headlines after a TV camera caught... More »

Skydiving + Kayak = Skyaking

Man invents new extreme sport by jumping out of plane in a boat

(Newser) - Have you ever wished that skydiving involved more aquatic equipment? Of course you have. Well, behold skyaking, a new extreme sport that consists of jumping out of a plane in a kayak, spinning around a bit, then deploying a parachute and coming in for a water landing. So far, it’... More »

X-Games Skier Dies in Calif. Fall

Vancouver Olympians mourn 'crazy skier' CR Johnson

(Newser) - Another winter sports death has cast its shadow over the Vancouver Olympics: Free skier CR Johnson, a fixture on the extreme sports circuit, died in a fall yesterday at California's Squaw Valley. A professional extreme skier, Johnson competed in superpipe and halfpipe skiing at the X Games. He hit his... More »

The 7 Best Place to Skydive

(Newser) - Skydiving is the ultimate rush, aided by a sensory trick—our brains lose the perception of height, so you can just "enjoy the ride," writes Turner Wright for Vagabondish. But where to jump?
  • Taupo, New Zealand. The skydiving capital of the world, where 30,000 people jump every
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World's Toughest Golf Hole: 3 Rugged Miles

NM hosts challenging extreme golf tournament

(Newser) - New Mexico’s ultimate golf challenge is a single, 50-foot wide hole. Sound like child’s play? Add a 2,550-foot mountain, rattlesnakes, and a 3-mile course. The Elfego Baca Shootout—a side event to the Socorro Open—requires golfers to finish with just one of 10 balls, hardly an... More »

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