American paraglider Gavin McClurg knows a thing or two about adventure – after all, he's sailed around the world, flown the Canadian Rockies, and even been nominated as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year alongside fellow countryman Will Gadd.
But it all might have never happened if a little swim he took in 2001 went another way. So, spoiler: he's still alive. But the rest of the story? We're going to let him tell you about that himself. Watch below.
Gavin’s super-scary shark story, animated
Starting July 5, McClurg and 32 other of the world's best paragliding pilots will begin the legendary Red Bull X-Alps in Salzburg, Austria, a 1000km-plus race across the Alps, finishing in Monaco. Their only method of traveling? Hiking – or flying. It's the world toughest adventure race, and pilots have been training for over two years.
Gavin McClurg on a paragliding trip in the Rockies
To follow the race, just head to RedBullXAlps.com, where the live tracker will let you know where every athlete is, every minute of the day, from start to finish.