Murray Siple, a snowboarder and extreme sport filmmaker, suffered a debilitating injury in an auto accident which ended his career.
Or so he thought. Years later, he came across a group of homeless men in Vancouver, BC who combine their livelihood of collecting bottles for recycling with their love of speeding down hills on shopping carts. He made a film about them which avoids easy clichés and provides a portrait of humanity and thrill-seeking that is joyous and enlightening. Carts Of Darkness
[59m24s] can be viewed in full (even in HD) at the National Film Board of Canada website.
practices Hardcore Sitting
. Indestructible wheelchair by Colours in Motion
(after a manner of speaking).
Enjoy a wide selection of free extreme sports shorts
[flash] in the "Sweetspots" section of the Nike ACG
Includes further ridiculousness
shot in the same location
as this previous post
is like tightrope walking
on crack. There's even instructional sites
dedicated to it. I'd never heard of it until running across this pretty unbelivable video
, which led to the discovery of keywords and what is apparently an entire culture. Some of the basic tricks include surfing
, the 360
, various acts of balance reminiscent of breakdancing
or olympic balance beam
and even a front flip
. Oh, and of course then there's complete insanity...
Are you a snowboarder without snow, a surfer without surf or a skate rat sick of concrete? Grab a Scarpar (as soon as they're available)
and hit the...trails
. Or, if you prefer a nonmotorized offroad shredding experience, try a mountainboard
. Just try really hard not
They call it "Speed Flying"
but it may be better described as Paraskiing. Take a rugged and rocky mountain in the alps, say Mount Eiger
or Mont Blanc
to the top
or have your chopper take you there
, then strap on your skis
, your parachute
, and half-ski
, half-fly down [.mov] that [.mov] mofo [.wmv]
is a champion in the sport of competitive freediving.
Anyone who can dive to 400 feet and return using muscle power and fins
, or to 525 feet
below the surface of the water using a special sled, on just one breath of air, has won my undying respect.
Whether or not you generally enjoy testosterone-ridden activities, watching Greg Gasson jump from one plane to another
is pretty cool.
Also: a longer video of a second such jump, plus lots of annoying commentary. Registration required.
What's so extreme about Extreme Sports?
According to the ads, Extreme Sports are the antidote to our safety-first, shrink-wrapped world. In reality, sports like skateboarding and mountain biking are more about the appearance of risk and marketing-driven terms like 'carving out your own path' rather than any particular danger. The reality of these Extreme Sports? Many are actually safer
than traditional sports.
I had never heard of the Hash House Harriers
("the drinking club with a running problem") until a friend clued me in. Now I don't know how I had missed them! They're certainly very visible
-- and audible
. Here's how it works
. Their origins
are in the British expat community in Kuala Lumpur, but nowadays they are everywhere
One of their key ingredients
is a bit problematic
in this post-9/11 world, but they are adaptable
Just $450 with a signed insurance waiver. [via]
- take one tricked out mountainboard
, a kiteboarding rig
, and the windy season in the Australian Outback. Mix together for Earthflyer Dirk Gion's whirlwind 17 day 3,000 km tour of Western Australia
is the "hottest" new Extreme Sport around.
New Wrinkles For an Age Old Chore ...
A new sport is sweeping the world. It's an outdoor activity
that combines the excitement of an extreme sport
with the satisfaction of a freshly ironed shirt
. It's only requirements: an iron, board and some laundry ... and ropes, harnesses, helmets, boyancy aids, parachutes etc ....
Invented in 1997 by Philip Shaw from from Leicester, England, chapters are popping up all over
(From a WSJ article quoted here