Laso Schaller is a professional canyoner who was determined to break the world record for the sport. He got the opportunity a couple of weekends ago in Switzerland and got his mates at Red Bull to build a special platform on the Cascata del Salto in Ticino which enabled him to climb higher than the Leaning Tower Of Pisa (58 metres) in order to achieve his goal.
They also put six tanks of water into the pool he would dive into in order to aerate the water and soften the landing for him. Unfortunately though, Laso overshot this area of the pool and instead hit the hardened water, causing him to dislocate his hip upon impact for a couple of seconds because his right leg was pulled out, even though his landing was clean. This is because he was travelling at around 120kph upon the point of impact and although Laso is a skilled diver, he couldn’t quite slow down enough on his entrance into the wrong type of water to break his fall sufficiently.
Despite this pain though, he still seemed in high spirits after breaking the record and was declared medically fit shortly afterwards.
That’s impressive sure, but not as mental as the dude who broke the record for the longest (and probably highest) free solo slack line run last week. That really was something else.
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