Extreme Sports

  • Spinning off from the Red Bull Illume Quest competition comes Red Bull Illume Special Image Quest 2020, which showcases adventure and action sports imagery, but with an Instagram focus. The winners of the inaugural contest have now been announced.
  • The winners of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019 photography competition have been revealed. They showcase high-energy antics and extreme sports against beautiful backdrops in amazing places around the world, making for some truly stunning shots.
  • Multicopters are growing more powerful by the day, and Latvian company Aerones specializes in creating industrial drones that can carry loads of up to 100 kg (220 lb). To demonstrate the lifting power of its drones, the company has used a custom unit to carry a skydiver aloft.
  • The Wingboard, designed to place riders behind a plane so they can wakeboard through the sky, has just successfully completed its first wind tunnel flight testing, edging the creator closer to his lifelong dream of recreating the cloudsurfing bear cub from the Disney series Talespin.​
  • Felix Baumgartner rose to fame in 2012 by setting a new record for high-altitude skydiving. His latest stunt saw him at the controls of a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter, seeing how closely he could track a drift car.
  • As a kid, pogo-sticks always looked like fun, but were inevitably disappointing to use. US-based Vurtego, however, designs pogo-sticks for adults and they're a bit more on the extreme side. Its new V4 can launch users up to 10 ft (3 m) into the air and is ideal for a mid-life crisis.
  • These days, extreme sports can mean serious business with career-making endorsements hinging on perfect 720 degree spins. The XsensrAIR sensor is aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts looking to take their craft to the next level, offering feedback on their performance in real time.
  • Have you ever wondered how many helium-filled balloons it would take to lift you up and let you fly among the clouds? Extreme sports enthusiast Erik Roner recently found out. Roner attached 90 helium-filled balloons to a sun lounger and rose to 8,000 ft (2,438 m).
  • The Mind4 promises to take the automatic tracking feature that is becoming popular in consumer drones to new heights. Rather than relying on GPS to pinpoint the user's location, it uses computer algorithms to identify subjects through its camera, a function claimed to offer unparalleled accuracy.
  • Aaron Wypyszynski, founder of Alabama-based Wyp Aviation, is looking to combine elements of wakeboarding, skydiving and wingsuit flying with WingBoarding, which sees a rider towed behind a plane atop a winged board.
  • You probably wouldn't try using the same motorbike for both racing over rough trails and commuting on smooth roads, so ... why use the same prosthetic leg? That's the thinking behind the Moto Knee, a prosthesis that's designed for activities such as skiing, horseback riding, cycling and motocross.
  • Red Bull's global brand stretches far beyond its flagship energy drink product – its logo is now plastered all over virtually anything that's fast, exciting, upside-down or dangerous. Here's our five favorite death-defying Red Bull marketing stunts.