Truth of life: there are some people in this world that live for pushing the limit; it’s just how they’re made up. According to Wikipedia, in the 1970’s, David Kirke, Chris Baker, Ed Hulton and Alan Weston founded the Dangerous Sports Club of Oxford University. Whether intentional or not, the foundation of the club paved the way for extreme sports and its filming. At the time, Kirke and his comrades couldn’t have known the historical implication of their actions, but almost thirty-five years after their (and the) first filming of modern day bungee jumping on 1 April 1979, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge of Bristol, England. The group went on to further their accomplishments by filming there next stunt jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, as well.
The filmed stunt was such a success that the group was eventually made a TV appearance on That’s Incredible. Eventually, however, extreme sports video would hit its peak with the introduction of the X Games in 1995. Originally called the Extreme Games, the X Games were the first televised program for extreme sport competitions. Audiences around the world were able to see the best extreme sports athlete compete all against one another. The show was a hit. Year after year its popularity grew, as more people around the globe began to have access to this gold mine:
The invention of the internet and eventually Youtube, allowed for even further progression of extreme sports filmography. With this new access at the everyone’s fingertip, all of the self-proclaimed extreme sports athletes could post their home videos of their feats. Furthermore, trailers and documentaries from directors such as James Marsh, Mike Christie, and Jacques Russo could be watched at home. In 2012, a film called Last Paradise, was released. This film documents the history of extreme sports, and walks the viewer through the beginnings of many of the original extreme sports.
Extreme sports video continue to flourish as long as people continue to reach and past whatever limits have been set in their respective sports. Five or so years ago, Travis Pastrana pulled off the first ever double backflip. The camera zooms in on Pastrana mid flip and all you see is the crowd in the background in awe, and as he completes his first flip you some how realize that he’s actually gonna do it. Once he lands the camera captures the absolute mayhem that is going on I the crowd. The awe is in the stunt, no doubt, but the video and different angles the stunt was captured had unmistakable amplifying features.