February 29th, Leap Day – one of the most curious quirks of the widely-used Gregorian Calendar. Because the sun takes approximately 6 hours longer than a calendar year to orbit the sun, every four years, we add an extra day to February. That's today. To celebrate this seldom but special occasion, follow @Redbull on Snapchat to see our athletes leaping in real time! We also made the little mash-up above. Enjoy!
PS. Happy Birthday to Red Bull athlete, Jesse Thomas, who was born on February 29th, 1980... and will turn 9 years old toda
Some of our favorites leaps
One of last year's most impressive leaps was undoubtedly Laso Schaller's nearly 60m leap from the top of a waterfall in Switzerland. The canyoning expert had 3.5 seconds of freefall, and no serious injuries. And we can't talk about leaps without talking about Red Bull Cliff Diving, and what happens when you hit the water at 85kph.
Oh, the skydiving...
Of course, much respect has to be paid to the boys and girls who rule the sky – whether it's a leap from a plane or a leap off the edge of a cliff, aerial sports possibly remain the most entertaining way of catching air there is.
How will you celebrate Leap Day? Whether you go big or keep it conservative – have fun and be safe!