This Guy Survived a Perilous Swim With Sharks

The animated story of how Red Bull X-Alps athlete Gavin McClurg survived a disastrous scuba dive.
Paragliding over the Rocky Mountains.
Rocky traverse 01 © Jody MacDonald
By Josh Sampiero

American paraglider (and Red Bull X-Alps competitor) Gavin McClurg can aptly be described as adventurous. Some of his notable accomplishments include sailing around the world and flying the Canadian Rockies, and he's even been nominated as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year alongside fellow Canadian 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.

McClurg's super-scary shark story, animated:


Starting July 5, McClurg and 32 more of the world's best paragliding pilots will begin the legendary Red Bull X-Alps in Salzburg, Austria, a 620-plus-mile race across the Alps, finishing in Monaco. Their only method of traveling? Hiking or flying. It's the toughest adventure race on the planet, and pilots have been training for over two years.

To follow the race, check out our live tracker, which will let you know where every athlete is, every minute of the day, from start to finish.

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