Posts Tagged ‘Red Bull’

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some epic footage of people being awesome, so let’s get right to it.

Red Bull is likely the best “Extreme Sports” sponsor in the world. They throw events all around the globe in some of the coolest places, highlighting incredible athletes in their respective fields.

This year’s “Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo 2018” featured this INSANE winning run by Tomáš Slavik. When it comes to Urban mountain biking, it doesn’t get more intense than this!

What’s that you say? Mountain bikes are made for the mountains? Ok, then. How’s this winning run by Kurt Sorge during “2017 Red Bull Rampage?” Before you click the video below, know that I wouldn’t even walk down this mountain, let alone consider getting on two wheels to launch myself down it at full speed!

Some of you clearly aren’t impressed by the ability of those athletes to move their bikes through space. What about moving their own bodies through the air? Here are the winning cliff dives from Inis Mór during the 2017 Cliff Diving World Series. I watch these dives and get sick to my stomach. I don’t even feel comfortable diving off of a 3-meter board into a swimming pool!

That’s STILL NOT enough?! Ok, fine, we’ll go out with a bang. In this mind-blowing stunt called “A Door In The Sky,” French wingsuit jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet (known as the “Soul Flyers”) base jump from the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland and jump INTO a plane in mid-air. Speechless.

My family is from Brazil, so soccer was my first love as a sport. I remember going to visit family growing up, and being floored at how good one of my cousins was at “juggling” a soccer ball.

After today, I’ve seen the most impressive footwork to date with a soccer ball. Check out Séan Garnier just doing WORK.

So cool.

p.s.- You don’t have to like soccer to enjoy this video. Just awesomeness. defines the word Kluge as “a software or hardware configuration that, while inelegant, inefficient, clumsy, or patched together, succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task.”

Red Bull, however, chooses to define this word as “let’s take some of the biggest names in extreme sports (and my future girlfriend, Lolo Jones) and put together the coolest way ever to get snowboarder Pat Moore an ice-cold Red Bull.”

As a bonus video for today, I will share my favorite Pat Moore video of all-time. It comes from my favorite ski and snowboarding video ever, “That’s It, That’s All“.

Some of you may not know this yet, but I am originally from New York. Not Utica (no offense, Utica), but Manhattan. I’ve gone back there regularly and had family there my entire life, and have always considered myself a New Yorker. With Hurricane Sandy starting to attack the entire Northeastern seaboard as we speak, checking in with my family last night (and today), has me thinking about New York even more than usual.

You can see just by looking at my desk how I think about “the city” every single day. That’s why, when I saw this video from Red Bull (from their “Where do you call home” series), it made me think about how much of our personalities, outlooks, and aspirations may come from our “hometowns.”

New York, Smashby Training, CrossFit, Cross Fit

What I look at every day at work.

What do you think? Did your hometown help mold the person you are today? It certainly did for me!
At the end of the day, I’m unwavering proud of where I’m from (and where I grew up – Pittsburgh), and think you should be, too!

That being said, please stay safe, East Coast! I’m sending good vibes from the Mile High City.

Many of you are aware of the incredible feat of the Red Bull Stratos and jumper Felix Baumgartner, this past weekend. For those you who are not, here is the summary directly from the page:

“Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.”

Yes, you read that right. He actually ended up ascending to over 128,000 feet… before walking to the edge of his capsule, and… jumping off! Here is the summary of some of the accomplishments from the mission:

“Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound reaching an estimated speed of *833.9 mph (1,342.8 km/h) jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall while delivering valuable data for future space exploration.

Felix climbed to 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) in a helium-filled balloon Sunday morning Oct. 14, 2012. This is exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket powered airplane. Felix broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the longest freefall record to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.”

Watching this live online was probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen. I was anxious and nervous during his entire ascent as he climbed from the ground to 128,000 feet above the ground! Then, once they commenced the launch process, you got to see all the went into making this jump happen.

Then, at one point… the door to his capsule opened and you got to see just how high above the Earth he was, it was breathtaking. I am sharing a few videos below here, and I ask that you just take a second and think about how awesome this jump was for us to be able to watch.

Congrats, Felix!
The “Official” Jump Video:

This shows a bit more of the prep necessary to make this event happen:

Here’s just a full video, with music for audio, of the entire fall:

Some more shots of what Felix actually saw… breathtaking:
Probably some of my favorite shots from this video!


Today’s Moment of Awesomeness will include Land, Sea, AND Sky! Three videos, three very different types of “sports”, but all mind-blowing.

You’re welcome.


Sea: Biggest Teahupoo Ever, Shot on the PHANTOM CAMERA. [Original 720p video]

Sky: Adventures With Aviator : EPIC World Class Freefly Skydiving with TJ Landgren

When I was a kid, I used to watch the X-Games religiously! BMX Street Style, Street Luge, and anything with ramps AND rails were usually my favorite “Summer” X events to watch. This video definitely takes me back to those days.

Check out this video from Red Bull about French rider Matthias Dandois. Here’s the summary directly from the video. It shows, yet again, that the best of the best don’t make excuses for why they can’t train, instead they create opportunities so they can train under any circumstance. So cool!
Winter in France is always tough for the riders. To avoid spending the cold season on his sofa, flat BMX world champion Matthias Dandois found himself a nice little hangar full of jumps and springboards in the outskirts of Paris. Away from the cold weather, he was able to learn new tricks and develop a new style : street-flat. With his latest video Hibernation, Matthias once again demonstrates his passion for innovation.

The video below features one of the world’s top “Parkour” free-runners, Red Bull’s Ryan Doyle. While it’s not the coolest video I’ve ever seen, at the end he discusses the MENTAL PREPARATION required for him to perfect his art form.

Think about that, and think about how you prepare for a workout, a job presentation… life. There’s a quote that says life is about more than just showing up. I agree with that quote. We need to prepare for our experiences. Even in CrossFit, where we prepare for the “Unknown and Unknowable”, there are still opportunities all around us to make ourselves mentally tougher and more mentally stable.

Your thoughts?

I mentioned yesterday that I never got good (or confident) diving, despite years of spending time in the water swimming. Another sport I was never able to conquer, perhaps due to a “fear of heights” that I may have, is rock climbing.

Sure, being in an indoor climbing wall with friends is fun, but as soon as I got outside onto “Real Mountains”, my anxiety level shot through the roof.

Maybe I should just try this instead! 🙂

I used to swim competitively. In fact, I essentially swam year-round through high school and college. One thing I never learned to do well, though, was dive.

Well, these guys figured it out. Wow.