Kayaking in the Sky? Hop on Board for a POV Ride

Watch Miles Daisher "skyak" from a heli over Mexico in this gnarly POV video.
By Tarquin Cooper

Miles Daisher is a man who likes to invent new aerial sports. If it fits on the roof of your car, chances are he's skydived with it. Bike, skis, boards – tick, tick and tick. One of his favorites is jumping out in a kayak.

“There's something magical about it,” Miles tells us. “It's so much fun. And it means you can land on water without getting your ass wet.”

In this clip, he exits a chopper at 11,000 feet with a front flip, performs a few more tricks before landing in style on Lake Avándaro, about 93 miles from Mexico City.

“It's not as easy as it looks. Either you fly the skyak or it flies you,” he says. “On this occasion it went like clockwork.”

Miles Daisher lands his skyak on the water during Red Bull Flugtag on the Camden, NJ, USA waterfront, on September 15 2012
Miles Daisher in skyaking action © Brian Nevins/Red Bull Content Pool

Still, the relatively high altitude of the jump and landing, added some spicy ingredients. “I love to dive my parachute at the ground to build up speed to swoop across the water. These front riser hook turns, coupled with landing at 4,000 feet above sea level, gives you extra speed thanks to the thinner air. It was amazing and super fun! Speed is your friend.”

Oh, and look out for the two guys flying above the lake on a kind of aquatic answer to pogo sticks. “Air boarding,” says Miles. “I have to get one! They're so much fun.”

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