Jeb Corliss on the Impossible

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Jeb Corliss: one of the most renowned base jumpers on the planet.  Is he a complete lunatic or someone who truly understands the limits of the human body and is willing to tempt fate and push these limits with each jump?  Watch above and take a trip into Jeb’s brain, and we believe you’ll find a truly calculate human, one who is simply passionate about life and motivated to accomplish his goals

Jeb Corliss Base Jumping off Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Jainero
Jeb Corliss Base Jumping off Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Jainero

The thought of doing something is what’s scary…that sheer terror is right up until you step off.  The instant you step off you in that moment.  There is no yesterday, no tomorrow.  Only what’s happening in this second.

– Jeb Corliss

And isn’t this true for all of us?  As skiers, mountain bikers, surfers, and adventurous human beings isn’t the thrill of our endeavors stepping out into the unknown, relinquishing ourselves if only for a moment, to the greater powers of Mother Nature?  As a skier there is no greater bliss than getting pitted in the perfect pow slash, or as a surfer getting shacked for the first time.

As with any action sport, there eventually comes a price to pay.  No matter how much calculation, as a human we will make a mistake, and if you’re Jeb Corliss in free fall, those mistakes can be catastrophic.

Warning: Graphic Photos Below

Jeb has pushed boundaries, and he has gotten bit for it.  Below is a snapshot of his leg after clipping a rock wall at in-flight speeds:

Jeb Corliss injury after a brush with a rock wall...at over 100mph
Jeb Corliss injury after a brush with a rock wall…at over 100mph
The road to recovery can be a long one for jeb corliss
The road to recovery can be a long one

But after recovering from such an injury, as Jeb Corliss has, we come back only more focused and more hungry for the next thrill.  Call it insane, but those in the action sports industry know the feeling and can attest:  “There is no better feeling than being so scared and overcoming that fear, it brings you this sense of peace and fulfillment and happiness you just can’t buy.”

Jeb Corliss Doing his wingsuit flying from a plane


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