Somewhere in France, there are three guys riding downhill on homemade karts. With tire-shoe brakes at 50 MPH. This definitely falls under the "don't try this at home category", so we'll just have to be happy living vicariously from out much-safer office.
It's really happening — Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Connor McGregor enter the ring on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas. On one side, you have who is widely recognized to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers in history with a 49-0 record. On the other, a mixed-martial artist with a killer instinct, lightning reflexes, and hands of stone. Already looking to be one of the biggest events in sports, McGregor-Mayweather might be the shot in the arm the flagging sport of boxing desperately needs.
Speedflying — a combination of paragliding and parachuting — offers one of the craziest ways to get from the top of a mountain to the bottom. Flying feet off the ground and carving twisting valleys, speed flying captures some of the most exciting footage in sports. Ride along with speed flyer Joseph Innes skimming the narrow mountain passes of Romania.
The Skyladder parkour course at Tianman Mountain in China is the largest parkour course in the world. As long as three football fields, the 999-step course has 45º incline and some long drops that would tax the fittest runner. Calen Chan ran the entire course and filmed it in the first person — with a GoPro in his mouth.
Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees has a pretty accurate arm — he's the NFL career leader in completion percentage, hitting his target over 66% of the time. The crew from Dude Perfect joined Brees in New Orleans for some insane trick shots, from the Saints practice field to the top row of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Yosemite National Park's El Capitan has an elevation of 7,569 feet. As if ascending it's 3,000-foot wall wasn't challenging enough, profession rock climber Alex Honnold added another level of difficulty by making the climb solo without the safety of a rope. Not to anyone's surprise, he is the first person mad enough take this on and Jimmy Chin was there to capture it all.
More than a simple camera drone GoPro Karma is a series of separate accessories that work together to deliver great-looking aerial footage in the air or on the ground. It starts with the drone and its folding design, top speed of 35mph, 20-minute runtime, and the touchscreen controller that gets even novices up and running with ease. The stabilizer slides inside the Karma Grip — for smooth handheld videos. And the entire kit packs into a backpack case. The Karma system is compatible with the Hero 5 Black and Hero 4 Black and Silver.
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GoPro Karma is a highly-capable yet beginner-friendly drone. But it's just as useful on the ground as it is in the air. Thanks to its detachable stabilizer and Grip accessory, it also lets you capture smooth, rock-stable footage whether you're holding it in your hand or have it hooked to one of the company's signature mounts. Shot 100% on Karma and the HERO5 camera, this video gives you a taste of the system's possibilities.
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As subjective as sports analysis can be, statistics play a huge role in evaluating performance. With the advent of "moneyball" analytics, the age of the subjective talent scout has slowly given way to a more objective look at crunching numbers. But big data doesn't work in every sport — a prime example being the contrast between underdogs in professional hockey and basketball. Vox looks at how the numbers don't always add up in some pro sports.
If you want to be the strongest person on the planet, you need to eat like it — and World's Strongest Man Brian Shaw does. The four-time champion works with a nutritionist to keep his body fueled for his extreme workouts, consuming over 12,000 calories each day. Brian takes you into his kitchen to show what it takes to eat like a giant.
Bowling is a thing of beauty. From President Nixon to The Big Lebowski, bowling is ingrained in the national conscious — it's the largest participatory sport in the US, one of the few remaining in-person social interactions and could arguably be called the real national pastime. Ben Ketola captures the art of the sport in spectacular fashion, albeit by himself. The bowler set a world record by bowling twelve straight strikes in just under 90 seconds.
With over 26,000 thousand people running the streets of Boston during the Boston Marathon, getting across the street can be tricky. Fortunately, they have an simply elegant way of doing it. Watch the marathon race organizers it happen in this time lapse video.
If it moves, someone is going to see who can get across a line before someone else. In the skies above the Arizona desert, the Red Bull Aces fly through a floating slalom course in teams of four. This year, the races follow the action from 8,000 feet above the ground in 360° video.
For thousands of years, the native peoples of the Eurasian steppes have practiced the art of hunting with eagles. In the winter months, the primary prey is foxes — the golden fur more visible against the snow-covered terrain. Entrepreneur Sam Cossman traveled to Mongolia to train with Kairat Khan, a Mongolian eagle master. During his time with Kairat, Sam realized that modern technology can't compete with an ancient mastery.
The 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass course in Florida eats golf balls like no place else in America. Every year, hundreds disappear into the drink — never to be seen by their owners again. That is until Gordon Davis dives in to rescue all those balls from their watery par three graves.
In true Red Bull fashion, they have combined two extremes for the ultimate thrill ride. Around 40 skiers are pulled around a snow-covered motocross track by some souped-up dirtbikes. Each race consists of 10-minute races plus two laps which equals about 17 minutes of carnage.
This is not the fake stuff. This is Deathmatch wrestling, where the blood is real, the pain is real, the barbed wire is real, and the shots to the face with steel chairs are real — and Matt "Bulldozer" Tremont is the undisputed champion. Entertainment at its most bloody and violent, Matt and his fellow wrestlers put their bodies to the test night after night for their fans.
Mike Hopkins returns for another magical ride. With locations including Hawaii, Seattle, Revelstoke Mountain, and Abraham Lake, his dream sequence takes his mountain bike through fire and ice to capture the most incredible bike trail on Earth.
Skating belongs in the city. Skating needs pavement and concrete and all the man-made architectural elements that make it so creative and spontaneous — except when it doesn't. Hermann Stene, Didrik Galasso, Henrik Lund, and Karsten Kleppan went north to the Norwegian coast to thrash mother nature's own skatepark: Frozen water and sand.
If you want the craziest concrete in the world, you have to head south of the border. Thrasher Magazine took their crew to Mexico to skate some of the most difficult terrain to be found. While the rest of us would be eating it repeatedly, these guys make it look easy.
If it can be done, doing it with a jetpack will make it better — and slightly more dangerous. Ski Cross World Champion Filip Flisar never misses a lunch with his mother and will use any means necessary to get there on time. In this case, it involves said jetpack and a shortcut through town.
There's pool sharks, but Florian 'Venom' Kohler is more of a pool snake. The billards legend lends his abilities to the Dude Perfect crew for a trick shot explosion, and no balls are off limits.
Kate Upton's 2012 selection as the cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue launched her career as an international supermodel. It also changed the perception of acceptable body types in the modeling industry — opening the doors for women who would have been considered too "big" to model in the years before. Kate's 2017 shoot finds her more confident with her body than ever, and it shows. In this interview and on-location clips from the 2017 issue, Kate talks about confidence and how she's rejected the stereotypes that dominated modeling for decades.
Last year, baseball star Kris Bryant pulled a huge prank on the Mesa Community College baseball team, going undercover to join the team as a transfer student. This year, Bryant got his payback. Hall of Fame pitcher and part-time sound guy Greg Maddux took the mound to throw Kris some batting practice. As Kris noticed, that sound guy has a heck of a curve ball.
If you're going to set world speed records on a production mountain bike, you need a few things: A complete lack of fear, a good bike, and a very funny looking aerodynamic suit. Max Stöckl broke his own 2011 speed record, running down a 45° gravel slope in Chile's Atacama desert. Max topped just over 103 MPH on the run, breaking his old record of 102 MPH down the side of a volcano in Nicaragua.
Divisive times call for messages of togetherness. Nike brought together some of the biggest names in sports — Serena Williams, LeBron James, Victor Cruz, Megan Rapinoe, Kevin Durant — to remind everyone that the field only cares about how hard you try, and nothing else.
If you like snowboarding, you'll love Dan's house. Not only is Dan's house a house, it doubles as an awesome run. Dan takes you through a lap of his backyard snow park, starting on the roof of his house.
The Stunt Freaks team may have invented a new sport — snowmobile paragliding. Deep in the picturesque mountains of Rikgransen, Sweden, the team had a few false starts. One completely destroyed snowmobile and another that nearly wouldn't start didn't keep them from an epic glide off the top of a mountain.
Whitewater kayaking can be a dangerous sport in the best of conditions — now think about trying it in the dark. Pro kayaker Brendan Wells and his brother Todd plunged down the White Salmon River in Washington state, capturing the night run with LED lights attached to their kayaks, paddles, and gear, bringing an explosion of color to the dark water.
John Shocklee has built a life around carving his own path in powder. The 51-year-old ski guide lives his life free of material possessions and money — no rent, no phone, no debt. With a love for the outdoors and 90s hip-hop, John has found his own fountain of youth.