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Best photos of the month: January

Photo above: SAMO VIDIC/ RED BULL CONTENT POOL

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, along with six other crews, will tackle the third of nine legs, from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, in China. All seven yachts are the same design; human endeavor will determine the winning boat, at the finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June. volvooceanrace.com

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 4 miles in, lost his rear spoiler and ended up in eighth place; he finished the season second overall behind Sébastien Ogier. wrc.com 

Wales Rally GB

© Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool 

Spitzkoppe, Namibia 

Pro freeride mountain biker Kyle Jameson has ridden some pretty tough terrain in his years. So when he and Moment Pictures went to Namibia in search of still tougher, he got exactly what he bargained for: lunar-like terrain of the Naukluft desert; giant, nearly unrideable virgin sand dunes along the Skeleton Coast; heat-stroke-inducing 104-degree temps; and the occasional bizarro insects, hissing reptiles and majestic leopards and cheetahs in the Okonjima Reserve. That and 1,600 gigs of footage and 7,000 still images like this one. Not a bad deal. redbull.com/bike

Kyle Jameson

© Toby Cowley/Red Bull Content Pool

Bovec, Slovenia

This is no takeoff: It’s a once-in-a lifetime landing. Hardest part for hang-glider pilot Matjaz Klemencic was “getting the speed right.” Nejc Faganeli, 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,” Klemencic said, “but it was worth the risk.” redbull.com/adventure

© Samo Vidic/ Red Bull Content Pool 

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