See how this guy survived a swim with sharks

Red Bull X-Alps athlete Gavin McClurg has had some adventures. Hear about an all-night scuba dive.
By Josh Sampiero

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

Paragliding over the Rocky Mountains.
Rocky traverse 01 © Jody MacDonald

To follow the race, just head to, where the live tracker will let you know where every athlete is, every minute of the day, from start to finish.

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