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Boundary pushing athletisicm, superb photography. Here are three photos which capture the beauty of sport. 

Cape Town, South Africa

Sea, spray, dodging kitesurfers: it’s all part of a normal day for Russian windsurf champion Olya Raskina. After swapping her landlocked hometown of Moscow for a base in Dahab, Egypt, the 30-year-old spends five months of the year in SA. It’s where she can imagine her post-competition life. “There are lots of possibilities,” she says, “and one is opening a guest house in Cape Town.” Retirement is a way off, as Raskina is in the form of her life. She only narrowly missed out on becoming the 2014 PWA Freestyle World Champion, happy, for now, with a career-best second place. 

© Photo: Kirill Umrikhin/Red Bull Content Pool

Seattle, USA 

CJ Rench is most aptly named: a sculptor and designer who specialises in large-scale metalwork which can be seen all over America. His latest project is the Red Bull Skatespace in Seattle’s Jefferson Park. Top skater Torey Pudwill had significant input into the design; Rench and his team studied T-Puds as he skated on mock-ups and parts of the sculpture. “There’s a very artistic side to the skateboard scene,” says Rench, but this is “first and foremost a work of art, and then something skateboardable.” The skaters, including Tom Schaar, seen here, love it. 

© Photo: Mike Blabac/Red Bull Content Pool

Wormsley, England

While documenting the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals, photographer Rutger Pauw set up this remarkable night shoot at Wormsley Cricket Ground on the Getty estate in Buckinghamshire, England. By attaching LED bike lights to the bat and the bowler’s shoes, as well as to the ball – and thanks to a lack of light pollution – Pauw was able to capture an image of elegant athleticism. Players from England and India posed in the photo, but South Africa and West Indies went on to contest the final, with the South African students eventually winning their first world T20 crown.

© Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Content Pool

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