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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Build Trail and Ride It in the Diddie and Danny

Five ten makes shoes for all pursuits. It's latest and greatest are a new trail-building shoe, the Diddie, and a stunt riding shoe, the Danny.

Diddie

Diddie Schneider has built more than 300 bike tracks from Germany to Malaysia to Dubai, and has been a stunt rider in more than 700 shows, movies and expos. He needed a shoe that would be as good for trail building as for riding. He went to Five Ten to make it.

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14-Year-Old Slackliner Storms the Teva Mountain Games

95b5c8ed-838d-42ce-b8a4-2d8ac738b6b1Little ripper, going big: Alex Mason at the Teva Games. Photo: Teva Mountain Games

Competitive slacklining. If that sounds like an oxymoron, you must not have been in Vail this past weekend, when the sport made its debut at the annual Teva Summer Mountain Games. No one brought his A-game more than Alex Mason, a 14-year-old wunderkind from southern California who edged out big-name rivals, including Japan’s Gappai Osug; reigning world champ Michael Payton, 24; and wild man “Sketchy” Andy Lewis, 25, to win Teva’s inaugural Gibbon Games event.

Slacklining, in case you’ve been in a cave for the past year, entails balancing on a narrow, flexible piece of webbing that’s rigged a couple of feet off the ground between trees or other stable anchors. It was born in the 1970s, when bored climbers in cut-off jeans and weeks-old beards, looking for something to do on their days off, tied their climbing ropes between trees in Yosemite Valley and tried to walk them without falling off. Since then, it has evolved from a dirtbag’s fringe hobby into, well, a flashy halftime show at the Super Bowl (see Andy Lewis’s performance with Madonna earlier this year) and the extreme sport of choice on late-night talk shows (check out Mason on Conan O’Brien and Payton on Carson Daly). Athletes now wow crowds with freestyle jumps, acrobatic flips, and tricks, not to mention sheer vertical: High liners like Lewis and Dean Potter routinely rig their lines hundreds of feet off the deck. 

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MoveShake Will Screen Story of Shannon Galpin

MoveShake will show two films online this Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern. One of the videos is a profile of Shannon Galpin, the founder of Mountain2Mountain. Galpin formed the non-profit in 2006 to help the women and girls of Afghanistan. Two years ago, she biked the country in an effort to raise awareness and funds. If the trailer above tweaks your interest, you can learn more about Galpin by reading Nick Heil's story, "The Ride of Her Life."

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Inside the Crash and Recovery of Jeb Corliss

On Monday, January 17, BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss, 36, thought he was either seconds or hours away from death. He had just jumped off South Africa’s Table Mountain, misjudged a target, and flown into a granite outcropping at 120 miles per hour. He had a mid-air decision to make: 1) Pull his chute and die a slow, agonizing death, or 2) Crash into the mountain and expect to die instantly. As it turned out, he pulled his chute and survived. Here he tells the story of his impact, his recovery, and the major lesson he learned. —As told to Joe Spring

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Introducing the World Wingsuit League

Screen Shot 2012-06-05 at 9.45.30 AMThe newest professional sports league.

Just five months ago, wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss thought he was moments away from death after crashing into South Africa’s Table Mountain at 120 miles per hour. Five months from now, the 36-year-old American will join 15 other athletes in the World Wingsuit League's first event. They will jump off a cliff, navigate turns as they drop 2,700 feet over roughly three quarters of a mile at speeds topping 100 miles per hour, check their custom-designed Recon goggles for elevation change and speed, and tweak the pitch and yaw of their squirrel-suited bodies in an attempt to finish with the fastest time.

“Imagine Formula One in the sky,” says Corliss. “Instead of a flat two-dimensional race amongst cars, you now have a three-dimensional race happening between cliff faces and walls, and the finish line is a cable car.”

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