In action and adventure sports, falling is a way of life. For some sports, falling comes after a mistake, ruining a difficult trick or ending a killer run. But for others, the excitement can't begin until the fall starts. And if you're going to fall, it's important to make it look good. These six clips are some of the best falls we've seen — they'll make your stomach drop in the best way possible.
Chris Sharma's climbing mega-whip
Badass factor: Off the charts.
Did he get hurt? Of course not.
No one is less afraid of falling than pro climbers — they do it all the time. Making a move a few feet above his last protection, Chris Sharma reaches for the next hold — and misses. Fortunately, his belayer gives him a nice soft catch, even if it is a couple dozen yards below.
A world record Flugtag flight
Why it's epic: It's a world record distance for Flugtag, and they're wearing chicken suits.
Can it be beat: We'll see at Flugtag Portland.
Red Bull Flugtag is a crowd favorite. With people in wild costumes building absurd gliding contraptions and launching them over the water, there's a lot to like. Usually the flights aren't more than glorified cannonballs, but every once in a while there's a rare bird like the one the Chicken Whisperers flew at Flugtag Long Beach. Their wing flew over 250 feet before hitting the water in front of a crowd of 110,000 cheering fans.
An epic backflip BASE jump
Why it's rad: Wingsuits, backflips and an incredible location.
Danger factor: Really, really high.
"The thing that's hard about BASE jumping is everything," jumper Miles Daisher says. When your jump includes a backflip off a low-altitude exit with no run-up, it's especially true. Fortunately, Daisher's years of experience give him the confidence he needs to step out over the edge.
Rafa Ortiz’s Big Banana bomb
Height of Big Banana Falls: 128 feet.
Size of Ortiz's "cojones": Massive.
Whitewater kayaking keeps getting more and more insane. With that comes bigger drops and more danger. When Rafa Ortiz first ran Big Banana Falls in 2013, it had never been done before and he and his friends weren't sure he'd survive the fall. There were some tense moments — and some blood — but Ortiz pulled off the stunt.
An amazing aerial ballet
Hours spent training: Too many to count.
Jokke Sommer, along with Petter Jonsson and Alex Aimard, decided to spend an afternoon skydiving over Switzerland. Along the way, they made one of the coolest skydiving videos we've ever seen. Their highly sycnhronized movement, pulled off at incredibly high speeds and incredibly high altitudes, make this free fall truly remarkable.
A high-scoring Red Bull Cliff Dive leap
'10s' awarded: Four out of five.
Chances you could pull this off: Zero.
Artem Silchenko's dive at Red Bull Cliff Diving Copenhagen in 2013 is still one of the highest scoring dives in history of the series, drawing perfect 10s from four of the event's five judges. It's an all-time great fall.
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