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Three men face at least seven years in prison for their jump – but is the charge too steep?

 Now the three daredevils are being taken to court by the New York Police Department for breaking the law. It doesn’t look like they’re going to let them off lightly either…

Andrew Rossig, James Brady and Marco Markovich are being charged with felony burglary, reckless endangerment and BASE jumping. Yep, BASE jumping in Manhattan is an offence in itself.

The trio squeezed through a hole in the fence, climbed 104 flights of stairs before launching themselves off the WTC while filming the feat on camera. Once uploaded, the video immediately went viral.

The police are said to have found the jumpers by tracing the number plate on their getaway car. Now the trio and possibly their driver Kyle Hartwell are facing up to seven years in prison for the burglary offence alone!

Photo: Jefferson Siegl/New York Daily News

If that seems pretty steep it’s possibly because NYPD are making an example of them.

Technically, BASE jumping is illegal in New York City (despite remaining legal in other places around the world).

And (as far as the NYPD are concerned) this high profile case probably looks like a perfect way to make a statement, showing they cannot condone random people launching themselves off buildings.


Interestingly, the video was made on 30 September 2013, but the authorities didn’t arrest the men until 23 March 2014 – after the video was released and gained more than 200,000 views in under 24 hours.

This suggests that it’s the high-profile nature of the jump – as much as the jump itself – that has lead to the severe-seeming punishment.

But although the group may have broken the law as it stands, they’re arguing that the law is wrong and are campaigning for it to be changed.

They point out that they didn’t intend to be disrespectful or cause harm and they’re fighting for the legalisation of BASE jumping in the city

world trade centre base jump

There’s a further complication though. The Police Commissioner is arguing that the jump was not only unlawful, but “a desecration of that site”, saying it conjured up memories of men jumping from the burning Twin Towers on September 11.

However some of the victims’ families have apparently stated publicly that the action has caused them no offence.

And of course, there’s the fact that in a city where the crime rate is still relatively high, prosecuting three BASE jumpers seems like a bit of a waste of time and taxpayer’s money.

As Tim Parlatore, Rossig’s lawyer, told the New York Daily News: “Let [them] do some community service and give back the time that’s been wasted. Everyone can go back to their lives — and [the authorities] can go back to doing things that are more important, like catching murderers.”

Eager for the ultimate adrenalin rush, the duo decided to jump from the top of the Tianmen mountain in China – despite the extreme sport being banned at the risky location.

The nerve-shredding footage shows the pair soaring alongside a 6km cable line – the longest in the world.

Incredibly, Russian divers, Ratmir Nagimianov, 29, and Gleb Vorevodin, 35, managed to get a mere ten metres away from the cable carts, giving Chinese tourists an unlikely surprise.

The whacky wingsuiters were forced to make split-second life or death decisions as they hurtled downwards.


 A wingsuit pilots shoots towards the ground in China[CATERS]

Mr Nagimianov said: “The view was just amazing, it was great to see the tourist buses driving around the curves of the road.

“There is an aerial lift which you can take to get the top of the Tianmen mountain, we were aiming to fly as close the cable carts as possible.

“Because of the high and speed of the initial jump, it was incredibly difficult to line up with the cable carts.

“But on the second jump we got really close, I’d say we were about five metres away.

 The incredible view as one of the wingsuited daredevils flies down from off Tianmen mountain [CATERS]

“We found out that jumps from this area are banned two days before our trip but it was too late to cancel so we knew we just had to go and try, we were constantly worried that someone would stop us from jumping.”

He said it was an “incredible experience” and even though it looks amazing on camera, the footage “really doesn’t do it justice”.

Colombian skydiver Jhonathan Florez set the world record for the highest altitude jump in a wingsuit in April, 2012.

He leapt 11,358 metres only a day after he had set the record for the longest wingsuit flight, after remaining airborne for nine minutes and six seconds.

Wingsuit flying dates as far back as 1930, when 19-year-old American Rex Finney used a suit to increase horizontal movement and maneuverability during a parachute jump.

 The sky divers could see tourist buses as they flew down the mountain [CATERS]


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Riders Catch a Fire-Hose Wave: Straight Up

Posted: June 20, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic, Water

The idea of using pressurized water as a kind of lo-tech jetpack has been around for a while, but this takes matters in another direction entirely.

The French extreme sports company Zapata Racing is officially unveiling its latest bananas concept, the Hoverboard, which essentially combines the elegance and grace of the surfboard with the raw power of the fire hose.

Jetpack Awarded Flight Permit, About To Take Off

It works like this: The Hoverboard is attached to a PWC (personal water craft — think Jet Ski) by way of an 60-foot hose and nozzle unit. Water scooped up by the PWC is pressurized and sent through the hose and nozzle, providing water propulsion for the board.

lot of water propulsion — the device allows riders to literally fly through the air, up to 16 feet vertically at speeds of upwards of 15 mph. The statistics don’t really do it justice, check out the video below to appreciate the madness.

The throttle is adjusted by the rider via a handheld controller. An optional control scheme even removes the need for a second person on the boat — riders can steer the PWC from the Hoverboard.

Drones, Jetpacks Take Stage At Futuristic Festival

Zapata Racing has been using the Hoverboard recently in extreme sports shows, and is now making the unit available for sale. Expect to pay around $6,000 if you’re interested, and you’ll need your own PWC. Training is also highly recommended, and Zapata offers that, too — though you’ll have to head out to Europe or French Polynesia.

You can get the full brochure online. I note here that all parts come with a one-year warranty. If you survive, presumably. So that’s nice.


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Red Bull Cope’n’Waken event

Posted: June 16, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic

What’s wrong, McFLY. Chicken?

Posted: June 16, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic
Barrio died while base jumping at an air show in Spain
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Spanish television chef, Dario Barrio, has died after his parachute failed to open during a wing suit jump on Friday.

Barrio, who was popular in Spain for his cookery programme “Everyone against the Chef”, died after colliding with a rock face during a base jump for the “International Air Festival” in Sierra Segura mountain range in Jaen Province Spain.

The tragic final moments of Barrio’s life were captured on camera by a nearby spectator.

According to reports, Barrio died because of a malfunction with his parachute.

However, these have not been confirmed.

He was announced dead at the scene after attempts were made by paramedics to revive the 42-year-old.

As a result of Barrio’s death, it has been decided by organisers that all of the skydiving events at the festival should be suspended.

The festival organisers said that they “deeply regretted” Barrio’s death and would try to help to support his family.

Barrio was a favourite on Spanish television, but had also worked in restaurants across the world including cities such as Zurich and London.

His death will comes as a massive shock and tributes have flooded in across social media sites.

Paco Roncero, a fellow chef and close friend of Barrio, said on Twitter that he was struggling to cope with the “loss of a great friend.”

He leaves behind two children.

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Will Dean is often described as “the Mark Zuckerberg of extreme sports”. It is not always meant as a compliment.

Mr Dean, 33, is the founder and boss of Tough Mudder, the world’s biggest organiser of extreme obstacle course races.

Last year, half a million people around the world paid up to $200 (£120) to take part in one of the company’s events.

In exchange for their money, participants try to run, jump, swim, crawl and haul themselves around a 10 to 12 mile (16 to 19km) military-style obstacle course.

In their way are up to 25 obstacles which – among relentless inhumanities – force people to submerge themselves in icy water, slither through mud, dodge live electric cables and barbed wire, and somehow push their weary bodies over numerous walls.

‘People talk about this industry, but if you look at the stats – and I don’t mean to brag – we are this industry”

Will Dean

While this sounds like hell to most of us, New-York-based Tough Mudder is tremendously popular – its events can sell out months in advance.

And while the company was only established in 2010, it now enjoys annual revenues of more than $100m (£60m).

So far so wonderful, except that the boss of a rival company accuses Mr Dean of stealing his idea.

And the owner of another competitor to Tough Mudder said last year: “There’s not a person on this planet I despise more than Will Dean.”

It seems that the often brutal nature of extreme sports is not just reserved for events days.

‘Form of flattery’

Like Facebook founder Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Dean went to Harvard University in Boston.

Mr Dean, who is British, did Harvard’s celebrated Master of Business Administration (MBA) course from 2007 to 2009.

A female participant in a Tough Mudder eventThe Tough Mudder events are popular with both male and female entrants

And while Mr Zuckerberg was accused of stealing the idea for Facebook from two fellow students at the college, Mr Dean has been accused of stealing the idea for Tough Mudder from an existing rival.

However, it is important to stress at this point that both Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Dean have always denied any infringement of intellectual property rights.

Most people are evangelical about us, and a few people are resentful of our success, that is what it boils down to [when you become the market leader]”

Will Dean

In Mr Dean’s case, as part of his MBA he studied an extreme obstacle course event company based in Shropshire, England, called Tough Guy.

Billy Wilson, the owner of Tough Guy, and a former British soldier, allowed Mr Dean to closely analyse his business.

When Mr Dean then went on to establish Tough Mudder a year after leaving Harvard, Mr Wilson sued.

The matter was subsequently settled out of court, with a reported $750,000 (£446,000) being paid to Mr Wilson.

Speaking at Tough Mudder’s UK office in central London, a very likeable Mr Dean says he cannot talk about the dispute with Mr Wilson and Tough Guy because of legal restrictions.

Yet he adds that Tough Mudder itself does not have any intellectual property protection, and that any rival can try to replicate its successes.

Participants in a Tough Mudder eventTough Mudder’s courses are designed to make team work an essential part of success

He describes the abuse he has faced as “a form of flattery”, and an indication of Tough Mudder’s domination of the marketplace.

“I think when you are number one it is smart strategy for other organisations to try and position themselves as the underdog brand,” he says.

“If I was number two I would probably do the same.”

Team event

One fact which is indisputable is the sheer speed of Tough Mudder’s growth, which Mr Dean describes as “nothing short of remarkable”.

This is especially true when you consider that the business has not needed any external investors.

Participant in a Tough Mudder eventTough Mudder has not required any outside investors to make a leap of faith

Mr Dean adds: “I said that by 2012 I wanted us to have 7,000 participants, and we had half a million.”

He puts the popularity of Tough Mudder events down to a number of factors, but says the most important is that they have “got the blend right between it being fun and tough, and [that] it is a team challenge”.

Explaining this, he says that when he first set up Tough Mudder he noticed that all the existing events in the field were race-focused, very serious, and put individuals up against individuals.

By contrast, he says Tough Mudder is an event in which people participate in teams, and while tough, is designed to also be enjoyable, and achievable for most reasonably fit people. And technically Tough Mudder events are not races, as people aren’t timed, and everyone gets a winners medal.

Participant in a Tough Mudder eventTough Mudder’s growth has been smoother than many competitors find its courses

Tough Mudder has undoubtedly also benefited from a forensic focus on marketing, such as successfully creating buzz campaigns on social media.

“This is basic business,” says Mr Dean, “You can build a great product, but you have to invest in selling it.”

As the number of people signing up to Tough Mudder quickly dwarfed its rivals, Mr Dean says this has enabled the company to “invest significantly more in its obstacles [that our competitors]”, which has further fuelled its popularity.

Global expansion

Born and bred in Nottinghamshire, in England’s East Midlands, prior to enrolling at Harvard, Mr Dean had worked for the UK government’s Foreign Office for five years, where he did counter terrorism work.

A Tough Mudder participant makes her way through electric wiresTough Mudder’s events are invariably sell outs

Although he said it was an exciting job, he left to do the MBA as he had always wanted to run his own business.

On completion of the course at Harvard Mr Dean moved to New York to follow his American girlfriend, and now wife, Katie.

Tough Mudder was then born in New York’s fashionable Brooklyn in 2010.

Mr Dean, who has a degree in economics and politics from Bristol University, says he is now focused on Tough Mudder’s continued international growth. The company currently has 170 staff across its New York, London, Berlin and Melbourne offices.

“People talk about this industry, but if you look at the stats – and I don’t mean to brag – we are this industry,” he says.

“We have between 80% and 85% of the market in the UK, and in the US more like 70% to 75%.”

“Most people are evangelical about us, and a few people are resentful of our success, that is what it boils down to [when you become the market leader].”


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Below the majestic backdrop, dotted with green tea estates, rolling hills, over 100 craters

Not many Ugandans can think of cycling as an adventure. We see it as a way of life of Uganda’s poor rural folks. But that is if you haven’t cycled around the Rwenzori.

Sauntering through the wilderness -with a bike below you and the world all around – the scenic views give you second thoughts about a bicycle. It gives you chance to explore at your own speed, far from the dusty and heavy traffic main roads.

As instructed by our guide, David Joel Mwesige of Kabarole Tours, we woke up early -as the morning birds were chirping and the sun struggling to rise above a calm forested hill, surrounded by an extensive green tea estate. It is in this tranquility at the Jacaranda hilltop guesthouse that we had spent a night, before starting off our cycling expedition.

Situated on a hill six km off the Kampala-Fort Portal highway, inside Mpanga tea estate, which is 20km before Fort Portal town, this guesthouse is barely seven months old. It overlooks the tea estate on one side and is fenced off by the thick rainforest of Kibale national park on the other. The main structure is a house that was formerly the residence of the principal of a training institution for tea farmers.

It is reported to have been constructed in the 70’s and officially commissioned by former president Iddi Amin. This is before his bad rule had devastating effects on the economy: tea plantations were abandoned -with tea plants growing into big trees -some still standing on the boundary with the forest.

Since the revival of tea-growing in 1995, the house had been lying idle as the Ugandan principals prefer to live in urban centres. This prompted the tea estate, now owned by a group of farmers, to offer the house to a private developer. Richard Tooro, one of Uganda’s most knowledgeable tour guides quoted widely by travel guide books like Bradt, promptly turned it into a guesthouse.

Although it definitely needs some renovations, it can do for anyone keen on spending a night on a farm and get adventurous in the morning. Before setting off at 9am, our guide gave us a few lessons on how to brake and change the bicycle gears. It looked simple in the guesthouse lawn, but no sooner had we set off than one of us rolled. He had pressured both brakes and yet it was a steep slope.

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Posted: June 11, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic

Gopro + Wingsuit = madness

Posted: June 11, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic, Wing suit


There is not much to say when you combine a gopro with wingsuit flyers…..

No hay mucho que decir cuando se combina la gopro con voladores de wingsuit….


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