These extreme sports videos aren't your average viral hits targeted at the 18-35 year old male demo. They are beautifully and inventively shot on location around the world, pushing the aesthetics of daring to a new level. Spanning India, Tahiti, Alaska, Paris, Scotland and the far reaches of central Africa, these eight videos transcend the conventions of the genre. Even if nothing about extreme sports interests you, these are worth checking out.
Red Bull-sponsored Way Back Home features stunt bike virtuoso Danny MacAskill traveling from Edinburgh, Scotland, to his home, the Isle of Skye. Don't miss the shot of the phone booth at 5:32.
Simple but brilliant, Red Bull's Flaring Up features pro surfer Bruce Irons "literally flaring it up, with flares," in Indonesia. The pyrotechnics glow through the waves, churning up a wake that's equal parts fire and water.
Yet another Red Bull production, Mardin
parkour star Ryan Doyle across the Turkish city of Mardin
, framing the sport against its ancient architecture and dusky landscape. The shot at 2:27 is unreal.
The trailer for Teton Gravity Research's
new film, One for the Road,
blends the standard epic aerial shots of Alaskan peaks with footage of the skiers on the road. The humble process of getting from one mountain to the next, in true ski bum tradition, makes the glorious highs that much more striking. If the existential intro isn't for you, skip to 0:55.
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