Guinness World Records looks back at some of the many bests that were achieved in a year that was otherwise one of the worst. From the longest legs on the planet to the world’s first retractable lightsaber to the longest dog conga line, there’s plenty to celebrate and enjoy in this awe-inspiring video compilation.
THE BEST Stunts
Where do you go when you want to be a stunt person? Stunt school, silly. Campus Univers Cascades offers training to future daredevils in France. To bring attention to their school, they produced this epic promo video that shows off some of its students’ skills, along with impressive choreography and drone photography.
These days, you can play Pac-Man on your phone. But it’s way more fun to play the classic arcade game using heavy-duty construction equipment. Fortunately, the guys at CAT are here to scratch that itch, as they not only dug out a maze but used a group of remote-controlled track loaders to play a live-action game.
Built for air-to-air combat, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is an incredibly agile and fast military aircraft. Members of the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team show off just a little bit of what these planes are capable of in the hands of skilled pilots. They also posted a 360º video which is a bit more immersive.
While shooting selfie footage on the roofs of Hamburg, Germany, freerunner Jason Paul drops his phone. Being the athlete that he is, he does everything in his power to hunt down his lost phone. This playful parkour clip from Red Bull is filled with action, humor, and great camerawork.
Being able to change a car tire is an essential skill that everyone should learn. Stunt driver Terry Grant has figured out how to change a car tire while the car is still in motion. Back in 2010, he set a Guinness World Record for the fastest wheel change on a spinning car, a feat he managed to achieve in 3 minutes, 10 seconds.
Fast and Furious franchise is known for its over-the-top stunts and need to always outdo previous feats. But just how realistic are the driving and action sequences? Insider enlisted the help of physicist and author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky to analyze 11 scenes from the series and provide her opinion on their likelihood.
Balancing your bicycle on one wheel is tricky enough, but removing the front tire in the middle of popping a wheelie is some next-level stuff. Freestyle rider Jake 100 proves he’s totally up to the challenge in this crazy stunt video. Check out more one-wheeled wheelie goodness here.
Reminiscent of the POV action movie Hardcore Henry (and a little bit of Buttered Side Down), athlete Alex Schauer’s parkour short film puts us behind the eyes of a man as he finds himself in a puzzling situation, and facing off against a mysterious woman in black who he can’t seem to escape.
Back in 2017, pro driver Ken Block took on a wide-open patch of dusty, hilly desert in Swing Arm City, Utah. As he ripped through the dunes, he sent dirt flying in every direction from beneath the wheels of his buzzy 600 hp Ford Fiesta rallycross car. This extended cut features thrilling bonus footage not seen in its original release.
Illusionist and daredevil David Blaine connected himself to a bunch of weather balloons and flew more than 24,000 feet into the skies above the Arizona desert. It’s pretty obvious that the arm holding him up is attached to a harness, but the rest of the stunt is impressive. Highlight reel here.
Inspired by legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, comes a remake of one of the most iconic kids toys of the 1970s. The classic wind-up stunt bike set is back in production for a limited time. The new version has an improved gear mechanism so you can send your pint-sized stunt man flying even faster.
(Loud) Normally, when you go waterskiing, you try and stand on your feet. Being dragged through the water on your butt isn’t usually the objective. But that’s exactly what Benjamin Thompson does as his finishing move to the shoreline, after showboating with a bit of barefooting.
Washington State University track and field star Ray Wells Jr. shows of his incredible jumping skills as he bounces over a series of sequentially taller hurdles until reaching a peak of 55″. He makes it look so effortless you’d think his shoes were spring-loaded. They’re not.
While hiding out amongst historical figures is a typical night at the museum fantasy, trials rider Adrian Guggemos prefers things that involve wheels. So he locked himself (and a film crew) inside the Technik Museen Sinsheim Speyer to perform a bunch of tricks among the museum’s many cars, airplanes, and motorcycles.
The guys from DD Squad are always doing crazy stunts, and this one is quite the spectacle. Watch as the daredevil squad and their friends Jesse Heffels, FaceTeam, and Greg Roe GTR perform flips, acrobatic tricks, and high dives from a trampoline they rigged under a massive stone arch bridge in Solkan, Slovenia.
BMX rider and Nitro Circus athlete Ryan Williams must be pretty happy with himself after landing what is apparently the first ever 360 double backflip tailwhip. He says it took him months of prep and practice, and it was one of the hardest tricks he’s ever pulled off. Check out the dizzying helmet-cam view here.
Paragliding can be lots of fun, but it’s usually done with a special harness that you wear around your body. Not so for daredevil Hasan Kaval, who rigged up a loveseat and a TV set to his parachute, then took to the skies for a relaxing flight. He’s got a table lamp there, so why doesn’t he do it at night?
Take a ride along the skinniest line possible with mountain biker “Dangerous Dave” Herr. Watch as he negotiates wooden paths, some of which are roughly the width of his forks in this award-winning clip in the Pinkbike and “GoPro of the World” best line contest. Watch from a different perspective here.
Fabio Wibmer is one of the world’s most talented street trials bicyclists. Like many of us, his options for going out are a bit more limited than before. But rather than get frustrated, Fabio turned his home into a playground for his bike riding antics. Fortunately, his roommates are good sports. Also, we want to live in that house.
After a beautiful woman drops her handkerchief, mountain bike trials rider Tomomi Nishikubo heads off on a rather circuitous route to find her in this amusing freestyle action video shot around Tokyo. We loved the bits of humor scattered throughout, especially the pit stop scene.
When it comes to professions, being a stuntman is one that’s pretty difficult to do from home. But that didn’t stop a bunch of these action daredevils from performing a bit of fight choreography while still maintaining social distancing boundaries. The clip comes courtesy of Campus Univers Cascades stunt academy.
Like many of us, skier Juho Kilkki is avoiding crowds and keeping to himself these days. But he still wants to get outside for some exercise. In this clip, he practices a few little tricks, not the least of which is recording it all without a cameraman. We love the low-tech rigs he set up to add movement to the shots.
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