Thursday, October 2, 2014

Behold the most intense long-boarding video ever.

Arbor Skateboards pro James Kelly fastest longboard crash
James Kelly's Fastest Longboard Crash, ArborCollective

This video, published by ArborCollective may be interpreted as 'content marketing' but I assure you it is of the highest quality not only in capturing the risk and excitement of James Kelley's unbelievable ride and crash (reported at over 60MPH) but also in spectacular videography and editing as well as a fresh soundtrack ("Jim" by Swans) to accompany the video and make it even more intense.

I do believe this level of extreme video production quality is the future of media and will move niche entertainment into the bigger-screen mainstream.

I have been longboarding around NYC and I can honestly say I never even imagined riding like James Kelly. Well done team Arbor, keep 'em coming!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Climbing the masts of sailing ships while at sea!

This will make your palms sweat a bit!

Here is climber Roman Saitov ascending all 190 feet of the the mast during his 4th year at the Murmansk State Technical University of Marine Engineering.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cliff Jumping in Lake George! Jumping the Calf Pen by Boat or Bushwack

Cliff Jumping On Lake George, The Calf Pen

Jim Pavoldi, 2014

The Calf Pen is one of the best cliff jumping spots in the Adirondacks and is although it's usually approached by boat it's fairly easy to hike into the calf pen without a boat and actually makes the jumps that much more rewarding!

The Extreme Video News crew was at the Calf Pen the week before 4th of July 2014 and got some great footage (below).

 A few notes on hiking to the Calf Pen - Although there seems to be a cowpath that follows fairly close to the water's edge, it's better to 'stay high' even as much as 150 or 200 yards east of the shoreline for 3 reasons -

1) There does seem to be 2 areas posted as private property

2) The waters edge does get dicey and steep right before you get to the calve's pen and fallen logs and small, slippery edges can make it a head-ache especially if you're travelling with a leashed dog.

3) There's a small (and beautiful) stream with a ravine that may be easier (when the water is high) to cross at an altitude of about 80 feet off the water rather than close to the water.

Cliff  Diving in the Adirondacks, The Calf Pen of Lake George

A word of warning - A lot of great divers congregate at the rocks and will often perform not only from the top of the cliff but from the top of the tree! Many of these jumpers have skills and an understanding of the risk that the average jamoke in a rented pontoon simply does not possess. If you are jumping for the first time, stay low and work your way up... You will undoubtedly make a few mistakes and it's better to learn from them on the low cliffs rather than from the top.

In the past few years, we've been a part of two rescues where the jumper has gone unconscious, we had a member of our crew break two ribs, met a pro diver who broke his tailbone, and have heard several tales of people falling off before the jump simply getting two close to the edge.

Jumping from the Tree Branch at the Top of the Calf Pen

In the video below, the Extreme Video News crew shot footage of a maniac doing a back-flip from the top of the tree above the highest jump spot about 6 years ago - DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERT.

Although we've decided not to publish the actual coordinates or directions and trail names as we prefer to deter those less prone to exploration, the map to calf pen below will give you a basic idea of the general area (centered):

Hiking to Calf Pen Map

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No helmet + no knee + no elbow + no palms = NO FUN

Perhaps I am just getting old but after taking the longboard to the Catskills this weekend I realized that elbow protection, knee protection, and a helmet are important but for heaven's sake at least wear some quality palms before doing any high-speed boarding or you'll end up like this dude taking a longboard fall straight on at 40 MPH(video):

Saturday, May 17, 2014

How to Snowkite Jump (part 2) - Endless Winter Continues with Alexis Leblac

Snowkite Jumping; Big Air Sessions with Alexis Leblanc

Another extended snow kite jumping session with Alexis Leblanc kiteboarding in Fjord Saguenay.

April 19th is still plenty cold enough in the Canadian Nord to keep it going.

The following video shot in Chappelle Saintt-Cyriac, QC, Canada is another great example of Alex's skill in getting huge air and in framing his shots in a way that 'shows' us where is kite is during these jumps and gives the South-of-the-Border US snowkiting crews something to keep us grooving through a hot spring.

Alex's videos are available to chrome-cast which is rare as they're all set to real music so it's worth just setting them up and watching them on the big screen with the volume cranked up. He's got a ton of fresh content since his last upload showing the Canadian transition from ice, to slush, to water.

You can subscribe to Alex's channel here:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Skateboarding - How to Stop and Powerslide on a Longboard

Here's a pretty clear tutorial video on how to slide and stop using one handed board grabs to slide and two handed push up slide to stop:

Chris McCurry and Jason Bither have a great collection of longboard how-to videos at SketeDeville - Their breaking section for how to stop a longboard is pretty solid:

If you've been experimenting with the longboard you've undoubtedly found out about 'speed wobbles' - TheGnarDeal and "Downhill/Dashboard Jesus"  put some science to it:

Now that we have the nonsense out of the way, let's get back to business.

Endless Roads 2 - The Island with Longboard Girls Crew is is a bit slow out of the gate but phenomenal once the actually get rolling - around the 8:40 things pick up and by 10:45 mark things get wild! Smoking hot.

With huge fun and huge slides come some big crashes:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

EpicTV's Spectacular Episode - Speed Riding an Avalanche in Chamonix

Featuring Speed Riders David Bozon and Nicolas Blanchard.

If you're not familiar with EpicTV take a look ASAP - The production values these guys are bringing to Extreme Video production is unmatched.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Valentin Delluc Grinding the Chairlift Cables while SpeedRiding

Nerve-wracking goodness!

Valentin's other Speed Riding videos are available here and definitely worth a look!

(Also known as "Speed Flying")

Wikipedia actually has a pretty decent history of the sport: 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Jump a Kite while Snowkiting or Kiteboarding - Best "How To" Videos with Easy to See Tips, Techniques, and Instructions.

Over a few years of snow kiting, I have searched high and low for videos the explain exactly how to safely launch and land a kite during kite jumps on snow or water.

For the basics of learning how to safely handle a kite and an introduction to the concepts of kiteboarding, no one is a better teacher than the folks at Progression Sports who have been making instructional kite videos for over ten years.

While the step-by-step instructions from the progression DVD are valuable, I find that something very much like muscle memory can be achieved by watching certain videos in a very conscious way and allowing yourself to 'feel' the moves.

The best video producer found to date that has captured the essence of this concept in kite jumping is Monsieur Alexis LeBlanc.

Alexis has been referred to as the "Canadian Ambassador of Kiteboarding," and one of the most enthusiastic promoters of kite culture, by US snow-kiters Jeff Bartkowski and Jim Pavoldi of Team Whiskey Tango.

As a snow-kiting videographer, Alexis transitions from 1st person POV, to handheld, to the placement of a tripod (like a javelin, often without slowing down!) in the spot where he intends to jump. As an editor he's diligent in removing some of the tack and jibe drudgery and blending in a perfect series of unique jumps for a finished product that truly allows you to 'feel' the moves over and over with a view of the kite to demonstrate the flight path he's taking to make the jump possible.

The following video features dozens of jumps. Make note of the direction of the wind, the direction of the rider, the angle of the kite into the wind, and the path of the kite before, during, and after the jump:

Halfway through this next video you'll see the consistency in the method for this collection of jumps

For true kite addicts, I fully promote following Alexis on his YouTube channel as he uploads new content almost daily.

A lot of people ask how many meters of kite you need for wind of a certain speed to allow a kiter of a certain weight to jump... The video below shows Patrick Blanc tearing it up in high wind and getting massive kite jumps with 4 meter and 6 meter Ozone.  Watch the air Patrick gets with his 4 meter  knowing that it's become a popular size for 'trainer' kites!

Tramontana fuerte I from xevi carrasco on Vimeo.

Jumping your kite can be done safely, but there's no shortage of horror stories of kites getting lofted... Two of the most famous videos of kite-boarders and snow-kiters getting accidentally lofted won't necessarily teach you anything but will burn a few images into your brain that may make the the entire process a bit more exciting as it's like swimming after watching "Jaws"!

The image above is a screenshot highlighting the "NO FUN ZONE" below the feet of a lofted kite-boarder grabbed from the video below:

The other famous video that shows a snow-kiter being lofted comes from Algeria,  where a simultaneously unlucky / very lucky kiter is caught an updraft:

There are of course the extremes in every sport and kiting is no different. I was hesitant to include the clip below as this really isn't kiting anymore, as much as it is "kite soaring" and truly "flying with severe disadvantages" such as without the right tool like paraglider... but it's still impressive:

Have fun!

Monday, February 3, 2014

CineDrones are the Future of Extreme Video.

And AntiMedia is pushing the evolution of extreme production in "challenging" enrionments:

Check out the rest of AntiMedia.NO's footage here

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rooftop Skating Video with Tengu, God of Mischief!

Check out Colin Read's other uploads here or purchase the film here

Who is Tengu?

The  ("heavenly dog") is a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The skateboarder incarnation of Tengu  is a maniac!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

What is the "Red Bull Winch" used in the "Surrey Car Park Wakeboarding" Video?

Red Bull Winch Sessions explores what can happen when you combine high-powered winches with action sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, paragliding, and more."

For more winch sessions visit 

Update - Distortion Boarding is the King.

Why is anyone riding chairlifts when you could be racing uphill on a winch...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thank You Anders Jacobsen and GoPro

The Natural (Super Natural) Ramps of Campo de Peidra Pomez, Argentina

Amazing Freestyle BMX Video.

Axel Jurgens
Daniel Dhers
Andy Zeiss
Sebastian Keep
Gary Young (USA)
Ben Hennon

Thank you Redbull and Outside Television

Sunday, January 5, 2014

"People Are Awesome 2013" - Best Compilation of Extreme Videos

Although "Fail" videos get a lot of attention, sometimes it's nice to get a glimpse of a few folks just nailing it.