photos of the month

Best photos of the month 


Inspirational, exciting, challenging. Here are the best photos of the month. 

Atlantic Ocean

The Volvo Ocean Race is sailing’s toughest challenge. Justin Slattery is currently taking part in his fifth; this wave washed over him somewhere between Alicante and Cape Town, during the first leg of the 2014-15 race. In January, Slattery’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team will, along with six other crews, tackle the third of nine legs, from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, in China. All seven yachts are the same design; human endeavour will determine the winning boat, at the finish line in Gothenburg in June.

Atlantic ocean

© Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Ruthin, Wales 

When naming the challenges at Wales Rally GB, final stop of the 2014 World Rally Championship, the WRC put “slippery forest tracks” and “isolated patches of ice” on the list. Jari-Matti Latvala found both on the ninth special stage. The Finn skidded on a turn 6km in, lost his rear spoiler and ended up in eighth place; he finished the season second overall behind Sébastien Ogier. Good news for Latvala is that the 2015 WRC starts in Monaco on January 22: no forest for sure, only some ice. 

Wales Rally GB

© Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool 

Spitzkoppe, Namibia 

Pro freeride mountain biker Kyle Jameson is used to riding tough terrain. He was pushed to the limit in Namibia: lunar-like landscape in the Namib desert; giant virgin sand dunes along the Skeleton coast; heatstroke-inducing 40ºC temperatures; and plenty of wildlife in the form of bizarre insects, hissing reptiles, majestic leopards and cheetahs in the Okonjima Reserve. Still he kept his head and carved trails where no one had ridden before.

Kyle Jameson

© Toby Cowley/Red Bull Content Pool

Bovec, Slovenia

This is no take-off: it’s a once-in-a lifetime landing. The hardest part for hang glider pilot Matjaz Klemencic was “getting the speed right”. Nejc Faganelj, in the cockpit, felt that “keeping the glider still” was his biggest challenge. Their joint efforts led to a brief but brilliant moment. “I only managed three seconds,” said Klemencic, “but it was worth the risk.”

© Samo Vidic/ Red Bull Content Pool 

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