If you think jumping down a flight of 16 stairs on a skateboard sounds like madness, you’d be right. But that didn’t stop this guy who goes by the name “Slim” from attempting the feat over and over again. We’re amazed he didn’t break any bones pulling this stunt for Thrasher Magazine.
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Car chases have been a staple of moviemaking since the days of silent film. Insider looks at how chase scenes have evolved over the years through the advancements in stunt coordination, safety equipment, cameras, rigging, and visual effects technologies.
Riding a bicycle usually involves sitting down. Sure there’s the occasional standing pedal for extra power, but lying face down is definitely not a normal position. That’s not the case for rider Michael Guerra who shows how this daredevil position can dramatically reduce wind resistance, speeding him past other cyclists.
The talented and daring athletes of DD Squad headed to the mountains for a little fun in the snow. Along the way, they performed a crazy stunt – performing acrobatics on a trampoline mounted onto a set of skis, then towed the whole rig – first with a snowmobile, then with a car.
From para-skiing to cliff-diving to rooftop parkour runs, there are lots of ways for athletes to get their thrills. Storyful compiled this 15-minute video featuring a dozen daredevil activities from the awe-inspiring to the downright foolhardy. Unless you count dizziness, the jumbo hula hoop at the end is clearly the tamest.
To celebrate the launch of the Sony PS5, XDubai athletes Matt Munting and Nicholas Scalabrino performed a spectacular nighttime jump off of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building. Their jump started an insane 1,921 feet off the ground, and took them between the Address Sky View’s towers.
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.
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.