Oh yes! This is amazing. Why have I not heard of this before? I cannot believe that people WANT TO do this, let alone ARE ABLE TO actually do it. This must be the pinnacle of human ability or at the very least the peak of human insanity.
I can only imagine how exhilarating it is knowing that one misplaced pebble can be the difference between you going home with a great story and you going home with a slice of Tarmac permanently fixed to the lefthand side of your face.
O.k. so allow me to back track a little here.
It was yesterday and my colleague entered my office and handed me a copy of “The Bulletin”, a magazine created by Red Bull (the drink) that highlights the worlds craziest sports, competitions and feats and that also comes free with the Irish Times (a well esteemed Irish newspaper).
This usually happens once a month and every time I read this magazine I feel completely amazed at the elaborate ways people are coming up with to hurt or possibly even kill themselves. Flying suits, cliff diving, BASE jumping, the X games etc.
Now I don’t know how used to these things you are in America, Canada or other parts of the world but here in my little home town of Backarselton this stuff is incomprehensible. If you want a shot of adrenaline here all you have to do is order one over the bar or try having a discussion with someone about religion. The things people do in this magazine for adrenaline defies many things other than comprehension- like gravity for a start.
But underlying all this adrenaline i believe there is a very important life lesson. One that I believe everybody should learn- If only they could handle all the blood, broken bones and general carnage that comes with it.
The lesson is this:
Life is hard but great things can be achieved if you are just willing to put everything on the line and have the courage to dust yourself down when you fall over and try again.
Everyday these people go out to practice their insanity, pushing the boundaries further and further each time knowing that failure is imminent (and ridiculously painful). And yet they still do it. For them failure is not something to be ashamed of but is an important step on the road to success.
In an era of “Epic Fails” this blogger believes that this lesson is important now more than ever.
The article in the magazine, by the way, was about downhill skateboarders who can reach speeds of up to 119km/h!
On a skateboard!
No I won’t take it back. It’s true.
When I first saw it I felt nauseous because I was sure I was watching people elaborately commit suicide! But they weren’t. They were just elaborately doing the opposite- living.
Check it out…
Video courtesy of Youtube and Sector 9 skating.
The End (Mark II)