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.
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 followsparkour 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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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.