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 60 feet along a slack line barely as wide as his tires, 8,858 feet above sea level and 367 feet 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.
Belaeys 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 290 hp Jet Skis 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
Coffs Harbour, Australia
A spectacular drive to victory at Rally Australia gave Sébastien Ogier his third World Rally Championship title—only the fourth man in history to achieve this feat. But it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Frenchman. The terrain meant that Ogier, who started first, lost time clearing dirt and gravel ahead of the following drivers. “It’s the most difficult rally to open the road and still we managed to win,” he said afterward. “It’s the perfect way to get my third title.”