This new and way more extreme form of BASE jumping involves a modified jumpsuit that makes you into a human airfoil. Called a squirrel suit or bird suit, this new sport is as close as man has got to flying. The barrel roll is a sweet stunt that involves a huge level of control and skill. Reach terminal velocity pretty easily in a jump.
Amazing compilation video of thrill-seeking junkies making insane jumps. The top ten covers everything from base jumping to skiing to motocross to finally, what might just be the most insane: back in 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped from the edge of space in a giant helium balloon. Previously, Supersonic Space Diver With Death Wish.
Felix Baumgartner plans to leap a record 120,000 feet, breaking four world records. If all goes well, Baumgartner will set records for highest altitude freefall, longest distance freefall, highest manned balloon fight, and fastest speed freefall (he will actually break the sound of speed!).
Dean Potter, one of National Geographic's Ten Adventurers of the Year, set a world record for base jumping in 2009.
Gliding + falconry = parahawking, a unique and exhilarating experience. Birds (vultures, eagles, hawks) are trained to "guide" a paraglider
Thanks to the squirrel suit, AKA wingsuit, man can move from land to air effortlessly. Matchstick's jumpers reach terminal velocity within 15 seconds, flying at 120 mph.
Here's how to bundle up your parachute before you base jump or skydive. This is pretty important to get right.
A brief video that illustrates parachute packing using the 'psycho method'. Part 1 of 2 shows the steps of; Sorting the 9 cells, slider, stabelisers, wrapping of the tail, flipping the pack job on its back, untwisting d-bag and cocking the pilot chute. Part 2 illustrates the final stages of the pack job called the 'psycho method'. These steps include; Making sure the pilot chute is cocked, roling the left 4 cells left, the other 4 cells right,the9th cell position, slider adjusting or 'pouting...
If you've yet to witness B.A.S.E. jumping, it's an activity for adrenaline junkies first publicized by filmmaker Carl Boenish in '78. The freefall sport employs ram-air parachutes, and is most commonly executed in locations such as the highly elevated El Capitan rock formation of Yosemite National Park (El Capitan is also technically the birthplace of the sport).
Wingsuits are an invention of the Gods. Why? Because they give human beings incredible superhuman powers. First in the gallery below, a compilation of world renown daredevil Jeb Corliss' most amazing jumps. Second, Jeb's epic flight under the arms of Rio's gigantic Jesus Christ. Previously, Adrenaline Rush vs. Death: The Science of Risk.
For some, adrenaline beats out every time. Though I've seen countless videos of base jumping, the sport never ceases to amaze. The video below, Last Walk Around Mirror Lake – Boom Bip (Boards of Canada Remix), is no exception to the rule. Shot in Norway, FroschYankee's footage is nothing short of stunning. *For more info, check out Adrenaline Rush (The Science of Risk), the film which this clip was featured in.
Who wouldn't like to experience soaring through the skies like Iron Man? Purincess Labs has created a device that may create a somewhat similar experience (okay, not quite... but similar, nonetheless):
This is a series of videos on wingsuit flying techniques, varying from basic flocking maneuvers to advanced aerobatics. Wingsuit flying is a type of skydiving or controlled falling, and on thing you'll learn in this series is that upfloating is the technique of raising your legs to deflect the wind and rise upward. Also learn how to barrel roll, front loop, backfly, dock, increase forward speed, and control speed.
Watch closely and see how to assemble a Kitewing. There is no audio so it's a bit tricky to follow.
This video shows you how to make a tailwind turn or jibe when using a Kitewing.
Learn how to change sailing direction while tacking with a Kitewing.
You can use Kitewing with your skis, snowboard, mountainboard, skates or in-line skates and more. This video will show you how to ride or sail your Kitewing.
This is a kitewing sailing complete instructional video. This kite is set up to fly on snow and ice. Kites can be used to kite surf, windsurf, and kiteboard on sand, dirt or water. This is not a standard kite like that in windsurfing or kiteboarding, but closer to the hang gliding style.
This video series is a must for anyone thinking of paragliding at all but especially powered paragliding. Our expert, Hugh Murphy, is the owner of his own para gliding company and he will walk you through every aspect of a powered paragliding trike from getting into the harness properly to how to stand up with the motor attached to your back to how to take off and land.
David Duke is rated as an advanced hang gliding pilot by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. He talks about the basics of hang gliding.
In this video series, Patrick Eaves shows you how to get started in paragliding. Remember, it's important to find an actual instructor to supplement anything you learn here.
Mr. Kagayama demonstrates how to fold a paraglider. He shows your how to avoid bending the profiles in leading edge. This will allow you to fold it yourself, without help, even in a windy day.