Fred Syversen Cheats Death, Gains World Record Cliff Jump of 351 Feet

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 17, 2009 10:29 am

Fred Syversen cheated death and cliff-jumped his way into the record books.  The new record stands at 107 meters, that’s 351 feet in American, and only nine feet less than an entire football field, including both end zones.  A distance that defies the logic of living-to-tell-about-it.  Especially considering the jump was not the line Syversen scouted out.  Thankfully for Norway’s Syversen, the fresh snow made for the ultimate roof jump to backyard snow pile.

Syversen took time to post a message about his jump in the TGR forums:

Some facts for u guys

Hehe,

Somebody told me about this discussion (couldn’t read it trough, too much), and I like to add a few facts, the rest I will leave for the film and the pics. I can’t give you any proof, that’s not for me to decide.

My ski philosophy is that you should always stick your landings, that’s gonna progress our sport! Going this BIG we’ll leave to the BASE jumpers.

This was the warm up run at the beginning of the day during heli-filming, and it turned out that I missed the end of my line with not to many meters (difficult route finding cause of similar terrain features ). I let my skis go pretty much into the falline and picks up speed instantly, and just thereafter realized my fault and that I will go out something, probably huge.

The mind works amazingly fast under stressed situations; breaking or trying to stop was no longer an option, it simply went too fast. If I had tried that I wouldn’t write this. So that left one choice; go for it, and do it right!

For a fraction of a second I thought this is it, but managed to get in a slight right turn to avoid the cliffs on my left side in the landing area. Then comes the take off at an amazing speed (it felt like that), I see snow underneath, and I realized that it’s not over yet.

In the air I tried to keep a position as long as I could, but air pressure finally pushed the tips of my skis up. That’s what I wanted as well, because landing it anything else than horizontally was out of the question!

I had an ABS avalanche back pack, and for those who know, it has a little metal/aluminum bottle ? near the lower back, not good if you land on your back. So I tilted my body slightly to left before impact and that probably saved my spine.

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