Before the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop in Austria in September 2015, local hero Hannes Arch and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff took U.S. pilot Kirby Chambliss for a sightseeing tour in the Alps. Considering their top speed of 230 mph, the three pilots arguably managed the quickest ascent of the Dachstein ever. Red Bull Air Race comes to Indianapolis and Las Vegas this fall.
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With a motto of “go big or go home,” pro skateboarder Alex Sorgente definitely practiced what he preaches at the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. The Aquaconda waterslide had been drained, and the 18-year-old Italian took the opportunity to be the first to skate its steep face.
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Red Bull Varapaíso Cerro Abajo is an extreme and spectacular urban downhill mountain-bike race. Starting in the hills of the Chilean harbor town, the pros speed down steep stairways and narrow roads toward the Pacific Ocean. Typical local obstacles like this freight container, pictured, provide extra thrills.
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Inanda Dam, South Africa
Choppy waters and punishing headwinds often combine to make Inanda Dam one of the major challenges of the Dusi canoe marathon. Roll all three stages of the world’s toughest canoe marathon into one and you have the Non-Stop Dusi, the ultimate river race of attrition.
KwaZulu-Natal local Sbonelo Khwela made short work of the Inanda flat water, finishing third in the 2016 Dusi (a K2 race this year) and then taking a hugely impressive fifth Non-Stop Dusi victory in a K1 two weeks later.