Around the World in Gorgeous Extreme Sports Videos

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
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.

The trailer for Skyliners, a film about a team of highliners in France by adventure filmmaker Sebastien Montaz-Rosset, looks down on Paris from dizzying height. 


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. 



Video via Kottke.

Towers of the Ennedi follows a group of climbers to the far reaches of the Ennedi desert in Chad. The video was produced by Camp 4 Collective, who also produced On Assignment, a documentary about climbing in Yosemite recently featured on the Atlantic Video channel.


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.


Video via Devour.

Recently featured on the Video channel, Oxelo Skateboard's India feels more like a dream than a skate video, traveling to Bangalore, Dheli, Jaipur, and Agra.

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Yet another Red Bull production, Mardin follows 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. 


Video via The Next Web.

Because everything's better at 1,000 frames per second, Billabong's Teahupoo trains a Phantom HD camera on the giant waves off the coast of Tahiti. 


Video via the Citrus Report.

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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