Are you tired of hearing about the same extreme sports world records over and over again? We know we are. That’s why we’ve delved into the hidden world of extreme sports to uncover some of the most impressive world records you’ve never heard of. From skydiving to surfing, we’ve got it all covered.
The Fastest Speed on a Skateboard
When you think of skateboarding, you may think of tricks and flips, but what about speed? In 2017, professional skateboarder Kyle Wester set the world record for the fastest speed on a skateboard, reaching an impressive 89.41 mph (143.89 km/h). Wester broke the previous record, which was set in 2016 by Mischo Erban at 85.71 mph (137.93 km/h).
The Longest Wave Surfed
Surfing is all about riding the waves, but how long can you ride one for? In 2011, Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa rode a monstrous wave in Nazaré, Portugal, for a staggering 80 feet (24.38 meters), setting the world record for the longest wave surfed. Koxa beat the previous record of 78 feet (23.77 meters), which was held by American surfer Garrett McNamara.
The Highest Freefall Parachute Jump
Skydiving is one of the most extreme sports out there, but how high can you go? In 2014, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set the world record for the highest freefall parachute jump, jumping from a height of 24.2 miles (39 kilometres) above the earth’s surface. Baumgartner reached a speed of 843.6 mph (1,357.6 km/h) during his descent and became the first person to break the sound barrier without the aid of a vehicle.
The Longest Distance Handstand Walk
Handstands may seem like a simple gymnastic move, but have you ever tried walking on your hands? In 2014, Chinese athlete Li Longlong set the world record for the longest distance handstand walk, covering a distance of 165 meters (541.34 feet) in just over 1 minute and 30 seconds. Li beat the previous record of 100 meters (328.08 feet), which was held by Russian athlete Alexander Orlov.
The Deepest Scuba Dive
Scuba diving is a popular recreational activity, but it can also be an extreme sport for those willing to push the boundaries. In 2014, Egyptian scuba diver Ahmed Gabr set the world record for the deepest scuba dive, reaching a depth of 1,090 feet (332 meters) in the Red Sea. Gabr spent 14 minutes at the record-breaking depth before returning to the surface.
The Longest Distance Wing Suit Flight
Wingsuit flying is a relatively new extreme sport that involves flying through the air in a special suit that allows the wearer to glide like a bird. In 2014, South African Jhonathan Florez set the world record for the longest distance wingsuit flight, covering a distance of 16.315 miles (26.2 kilometres) in just over 9 minutes. Florez beat the previous record of 15.5 miles (24.94 kilometres), which was held by American Jeb Corliss.
The Longest Distance Paraglide
Paragliding is a form of free-flying that involves launching from a slope or cliff and using a parachute-like wing to stay aloft. In 2019, French paraglider Pierre Naville set the world record for the longest distance paraglide, covering a distance of 310.7 miles (499.05 kilometres) in just over 11 hours. Naville beat the previous record of 286.3 miles (460.8 kilometres), which was held by Brazilian Rafael Saladini.
There you have it, some of the most impressive world records in extreme sports that you’ve probably never heard of. From skateboarding to paragliding, these athletes have pushed the boundaries of what we thought was possible. If you’re feeling inspired, why not try your hand at an extreme sport and see if you can break a world record of your own?