A FEARLESS daredevil flies through the air like a human missile and smashes through a target which is only two metres wide. Wing-suiter Sebastian Alvarez, 29, heroically jumped from a helicopter above the sprawling metropolis of his hometown, Santiago, Chile, in March this year. And despite travelling at around 124 mph, Alvarez hit the foam target - which was painted with the colours of the Chilean flag - with pinpoint accuracy.
Two extreme sports professionals undertake a daring wingsuit fly-by of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Norwegian Espen Fadnes and Frenchman Ludovic Woerth decided to attempt the stunt after drawing up a list of their dream flight destinations. The pair were ferried into position on trikes - the motorised hand gliders used to give tourists an aerial view of the city - before making the leap from around 2000m, with Fadnes flying below the arm of the iconic monument, and Woerth passing above it filming. The wingsuit fliers landed at a Rio roundabout in the early hours, before heading back to their hotel for a celebratory breakfast beer.
A 68-YEAR-OLD performs yoga poses on a BMX bike - while suspended over a deadly 300 foot drop. Khiv Raj Gurjar, from Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is the world’s finest exponent of "extreme yoga”. The pension-age daredevil spends an hour each day running through up to 45 individual yoga poses on his bike - while perched on the edge of a vertiginous 300 foot cliff. He said: “When I balance and perform complex yoga postures on a cliff, I don’t feel fear or think that I will fall from this mountain. "I can do anything on this mountain. I don’t panic anymore.” Videographer / Director: Virendra Khanna Producer: Haziq Qadri , Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens, Kyle Waters
DAREDEVIL Eskil Ronningsbakken lives life on the edge - by performing a one-arm handstand 2,000ft above a fjord. The extreme artist performed the jaw-dropping gymnastic pose on Preikestolen, a rock above the Lysefjord in Norway. Battling bitter winds and a lethal drop, Eskil managed to hold the one handed pose despite exerting his lower and upper arm to extreme pressure. The Norwegian claims his latest feat is the world's first one-armed handstand at such a height.
TWO extreme sports professionals take a leap of faith as they plunge headfirst down a 75ft waterfall. White water kayaker Ben Marr and skier Rory Bushfield executed the death-defying stunt at the Mamquam Falls in Squamish, Canada. Bushfield performed a "gainer" - a backwards somersault while still moving forward - from the top of the falls while Marr descended it in his kayak.
A COLOSSAL wall of water towering 12 metres high, wipes out a crowd of surfers as they attempt to evade its path in Peahi, Hawaii. Spectacular footage captures the moment the athletes were swallowed by a monster wave – scattering them through the ocean. The thrill-seeking surfers were caught unawares when the massive wave broke later than they anticipated. Giora Koren, 44, filmed the incredible feat of nature at Jaws surfing break in Hawaii - home to some of the world’s biggest swells.
A WORLD champion unicyclist performs jumps, flips and tricks - proving that one-wheeled bikes aren't just for clowning around. American Max Schulze, 23, is part of a new generation of athletes who are pushing the limits of the unusual sport. Max joined the Kris Holm Factory Team - an internationally recognised unicycling team - in 2008 and went onto win several national and world championships.
A BRITISH exploration team are pitting themselves against polar bears and Arctic whiteouts in their attempt to make the first unsupported crossing of the Northwest Passage - one of the most iconic and fearsome of Arctic routes. Expedition leader Alex Hibbert, 28, is skiing the 1,800-mile journey with fellow adventurers Jamie Anderson, 30, and Benno Rawlinson, 28 - and his pet dog Tala. The Czechoslovakian wolf dog - one of two canines on the journey - will act as a polar bear watchdog. The three-man team set off in January and are not set to arrive until May at the earliest.
INTREPID adventurer Andy McGinlay believes he is the world’s most fearless traveller. While most of us are content with a package vacation or a relaxing beach break, the 34-year-old is on a one-man mission to holiday in the world's most dangerous countries. The teacher, who currently lives in Saudi Arabia, is addicted to extreme backpacking and has 'holidayed' in brutal regimes including North Korea, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, the British daredevil took a much needed break in Syria but was arrested on suspicion of spying and was interrogated inside the military intelligence HQ. Videographer / director: Andy McGinlay Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips
A DAREDEVIL has smashed the world record for longest distance walked on a highline - tiptoeing a massive 375m. The drawn-out line, which was anchored between two limestone boulders at 100m above the ground, beat the previous record by 70 metres. Alexander Schulz, 23, from Germany, spent three days trying to cross the line - falling scores of times - while battling ferocious wind and rain. Alex and his co-workers from One Inch Dreams, a slacklining company, set up the line in Yangshuo, China, where towering rocks covered in jungle foliage inspired the filmmakers of science-fiction epic Avatar.
FIGHTING fierce wind and spray, two athletes fulfill a long-held dream to become the first people to walk a highline across Victoria Falls. With the force of one of the world’s largest waterfalls behind him, Lukas Irmler and Reinhard Kleindl carefully trod along the thin rope – their mind concentrated on the finish point. The pair were faced with a difficult line rigged 100m high and 91m long and an additional challenge as the spray from the cascading wall of water doused the line with moisture and made it slippery. But both adventurers managed to complete the daring task.
TWO urban skiers fly over lampposts, slide down rails and leap off building as they sweep through a city. The high-risk winter sport is a mixture of extreme skiing, skateboarding and parkour – and involves breathtaking jumps and tricks in an urban setting. Cam Riley and Clayton Villa are two of the top urban skiers in the world, specialising in risky stunts on the snow. Both athletes have been pushing the limits of extreme skiing by transforming car parks, alleyways and flyovers into urban-ski-playgrounds.
The Moab desert forms a breathtaking backdrop to a slack liner's nail-biting valley crossing 400ft in the air. Using a camera attached to a drone, a team from SkySight Aerial Imaging was able to film the daredevil walk in 360 degrees. Thrill-seekers Andy Lewis and Scott Roger scaled towering rock monuments to make the 70ft crossing - and were treated to unparalleled aerial views of the snowcapped Utah landscape.
A fearless parkour athlete leaps off three-storey buildings, flies over rooftops and jumps through scaffolding in amazing footage. Maria Raptaki, 29, from Athens first started training in the sport when she was 22 at a time there were very few women in the community. The Greek athlete is now one of the most sought-after parkour artists in the world and stars in international commercials.
57 skydivers set a world record by forming two stunning formations while falling through the air at 180mph. A collaboration of world-class athletes leapt from three planes flying at 16,000 feet to complete the first ever two point, 57-person, vertical formation skydive of its kind in a 45-second free-fall. After jumping from the planes the falling group assembled in a pre-determined formation – linking arms to create a detailed shape in the sky. The team then separated and manoeuvred into a second formation – in an awe-inspiring stunt that has never been achieved before.
A quiet day at the beach turns into a high-octane sports show when two French World Champions compete in an epic aerial and water race. Paramotor pilot Pascal Vallée, 40, and jet-skier Valentin Dardillat, 22, hurtled round the tropical island of La Guadeloupe at 40 miles an hour showcasing their skills in a friendly competition.
Daredevil surfer Andrew Cotton rides a monster wave in the Portuguese town of Nazare, at the same spot that he conquered a wave believed to be possibly the biggest of all-time back in October. The incredible feat was captured by freelance filmmaker José Pedro Gomes. The Brit was towed into position by a jet-ski driven by legendary US surfer Garrett McNamara. Cotton managed to hold his position for around 10 seconds, before the wave exploded around him, throwing him from his board.
HOVERING over an abyss, this daredevil proves the most extreme slacklining spots are not always up a mountain. And with a drop of more than 200ft, this reservoir drain more than delivers the necessary fear factor. Extreme sportsman Flaviu Cernescu crossed the pitch-black hole eight times in one day. He even took took his unicycle out for a spin around the rim of the drain which is located at the edge of Lake Iovanu in Romania.
A DAREDEVIL climber has smashed a 'waterlining' world record - tiptoeing an incredible 250m along a slack line above a beautiful mirrored lake. Extreme sports champion Mich Kemeter, 25, walked the length of almost THREE football pitches to complete the energy-sapping challenge. It took the Austrian almost 20 attempts - and several falls - over 20 days to break his own record at the Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria.
DARING climbers inch their way up a cascade of high crystal-blue ice. British climber Tim Emmett, 40, and Dawn Glanc, 38 from Ohio, USA braved sub-zero temperatures on an expedition in Iceland. 3stringsproductionscompany captured this footage of the climbers scaling the ice formations and practicing spectacular ceiling climbs on the Sólheimajökull glacier - a 250-metre thick glacier five miles from the Atlantic Ocean on the Northern Fjords.
A PARAMOTOR pilot performs a thrilling fly-by of Dubai's stunning skyline. Ten of the best paramotor pilots from around the world, including the USA, UK, France, Spain, Russia and the Czech Republic, descended on the emirate for Parabatix Sky Racers Dubai. The centrepiece of the event, hosted by Skydive Dubai, saw the daredevils reach speeds of 80km/h as they raced around giant inflatable pillars and other obstacles while looking to shave milliseconds off their time. However, spectators were also treated to a number of other aerial disciplines, including parachute swooping and wingsuit precision flying.
DAREDEVIL Sebastian Alvarez takes his life in his hands as he flies between two towerblocks in his hometown of Reñaca, Chile. After exiting from a paraglider 800m above the ground, the professional BASE jumper used his Vampire 4 wingsuit to steer himself into position. After successfully squeezing through the 12 metre gap, Sebastian was able to deploy his parachute and float back down to earth, where he was congratulated by members of his support team.
Daredevils dangle from the skids of a helicopter and soar above the Alps with only a wingsuit for protection. The GoPro Bomb Squad have spent the last five years travelling the world to showcase their talents in disciplines as diverse as paragliding, speed flying, wingsuit cloud surfing, base jumping, and skydiving. The four friends formed the Bomb Squad in 2008 after approaching action camera maker GoPro in the hope of turning their extreme sports holidays into a full-time career.
THESE well-balanced wonders take their life in their hands as they ride down a mountain - on a UNICYCLE. The discipline, known as 'muni' - an abbreviation of 'mountain unicycling' - sees the fearsome riders casually scoot their way along narrow crumbling ledges with little regard for the sheer drops on either side. Every May unicyclists descend on Moab, Utah, for the chance to pit themselves against the region's rocky red terrain. The extreme peddlers can be seen descending near-vertical slopes with nothing more to protect them than their own sense of balance.
DAREDEVILS hang from a parachute at 20,000ft for a breathtaking and seldom-seen view of Pakistan. Adventurers Petar Loncar, 27, from Serbia, Veselin Ovcharov, 31, from Bulgaria and Francois Ragolski, 26, from France flew over the Karakoram mountain range bordering Pakistan, India and China. French director Adrien Nisan, also known as Shams, 31, filmed the incredible flight to some of the world's highest peaks to change perceptions about the often misunderstood country.