La Plagen, France
“Everything is about balance in life,” says world champion trial biker Kenny Belaey after reaching the safety of solid ground. But never was it so important. The Belgian rode his bike 18m along a slack line barely as wide as his tyres 2,700m above sea level, and 112m from the ground. “This was my trickiest obstacle so far,” admits Belaey. He isn’t exaggerating: it took him 80 attempts to manage the crossing.
Belaey bike tricks: belaeytrials.com
When drought hit California in the late 1970s, many swimming pools stayed empty and skateboarders turned the concrete basins into playgrounds. Bowls have been a skatepark staple ever since and they still look like swimming pools. The creators of the Danish Faelledparken even put a so-called loveseat in their bowl, which local hero Bjørn Lillesøe uses for a frontside tailslide.
Skateboard highlights: redbull.com/skateboarding
At Red Bull Aqua Battle, 16 motorbike pros compete in one-on-one duels on 290hp jetskis off the Adriatic Coast. Czech rider Karel Hanika, 19, finished third – not a bad result for the former Red Bull Rookies Cup champion. But he’s still happier racing on the hallowed asphalt of the world’s best race circuits.
Follow Hanika: twitter.com/98hanika