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Mountainboarding

March 21st, 2017

Mountainboarding, also known as Dirtboarding, Offroad Boarding, and All-Terrain Boarding (ATB), is a well established if little-known action sport, derived from snowboarding. A mountainboard is made up of components including a deck, bindings to secure the rider to the deck, four wheels with pneumatic tires, and two steering mechanisms known as trucks.

Mountainboarders, also known as riders, ride specifically designed boardercross tracks, slopestyle parks, grass hills, woodlands, gravel tracks, streets, skateparks, ski resorts, BMX courses and mountain bike trails.

It sure does look like a fun and thrill seeking sport, take a look at this youtube video from Luke Adventurous spirit!

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Wing suit flying

February 20th, 2017

Wingsuit flying (or wingsuiting) is the sport of gliding through the air using a wingsuit which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift.

The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. Wingsuits are sometimes referred to as “birdman suits”

An early attempt at wingsuit flying was made on 4 February 1912 by a 33-year-old tailor, Franz Reichelt, who jumped from the Eiffel Tower to test his invention of a combination of parachute and wing, which was similar to modern wingsuits. He misled the guards by saying that the experiment was going to be conducted with a dummy. He hesitated quite a long time before he jumped, and was sadly killed when he hit the ground.

In the mid-1990s, the modern wingsuit was developed by Patrick de Gayardon of France, adapted from the model used by John Carta. In 1997, the Bulgarian Sammy Popov designed and built a wingsuit which had a larger wing between the legs and longer wings on the arms.

Popov’s wingsuit first flew in October 1998 over Jean, Nevada, but it never went into commercial production. Popov’s design was a great improvement in creating lift; it was able to slow the vertical speed to 30 km/h while gliding horizontally at speeds over 300 km/h.

Wingsuit flight records – 

Fastest

  • On 28 May 2011, Japanese wingsuit pilot Shin Ito set world records for the fastest speed reached in a wingsuit of 363 km/h (226 mph).

Longest time and highest altitude

On 20 and 21 April 2012, Colombian skydiver Jhonathan Florez set Guinness World Records in wingsuit flying. The jumps took place in La Guajira in Colombia for the following records:

  • Longest time: The longest (duration) wingsuit flight was nine minutes, six seconds.
  • Highest: The highest altitude wingsuit jump was 11,358 m (37,265 ft)

Take a look at this video of some Wingsuit flying, Video by XTreme Video.

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Magic Johnson: NBA legend returns to LA Lakers

January 16th, 2017

Basketball great Magic Johnson has returned to the Los Angeles Lakers as an adviser to owner Jeanie Buss. The Lakers are struggling again this season after three years of decline in which they have posted the worst results in their history. Three-time Most Valuable Player Johnson spent his entire 13-year NBA career with the Lakers, winning five championships with the franchise.”I’m overjoyed to be back home with the Lakers,” Johnson said.

“I will do everything in my power to help return them to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA,” added the 57-year-old. Johnson was an honorary vice president of the Lakers until last year and held an ownership stake until selling it in 2010. He was also part of the USA ‘Dream Team’ which won Olympic gold in 1992.

Take a look at Magic Johnson in action!

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