Watch: The 10 Wildest Adventure Videos of 2012See a kitesurfer jump a pier and unicyclists ride down a mountain
Watch: Kitesurfer jumps Florida pier
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Powered by strong winds from Tropical Storm Debby, a kitesurfer jumps a wave and flies over a pier in Redington Beach, Fla.
Watch: Skiers jump off cliff in the French Alps
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Armed with GoPro cameras, Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude ski right off the edge of a cliff high in the French Alps. An avalanche thunders down the mountain behind them. The only thing missing as their chutes deploy? Maybe a little James Bond theme music. But their victory whoops at the end of the video more than make up for it.
Watch: Surfer makes epic layback turn
At the Reef Hawaiian Pro this September, Dane Reynolds performed a layback turn that had the entire surf world talking. "I’m gonna go out and say that’s pretty much one of the gnarliest turns I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” said surfer Shane Dorian. “I’m seriously baffled about what he just did. There’s probably one person on Earth that could do that turn, and it’s Dane Reynolds, pure and simple, that’s a fact."
Watch: Wingsuit pilot soars over New Zealand, Switzerland and Norway
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With a GoPro cam strapped to his helmet, daredevil Alexander Polli filmed a series of unbelievable wingsuit flights in New Zealand, Switzerland and Norway. The video uploaded Aug. 22 features misty skies and narrow canyons. It's inspiring, beautiful and terrifying.
Watch: Kayakers run rapids in Southern Mexico
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Kayakers Rafa Ortiz, Dane Jackson, Eric Jackson and Nick Troutman run some seriously wild stretches of river in Southern Mexico, shooting rapids, plunging down waterfalls and generally having their run of the place. The results are spectacular.
Watch: Biker and snowboarders shred massive gravel pit
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A mountain biker and a couple of snowboarders shoot a massive gravel pit in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt -- actually, if you're these guys, it's still fun and games, even after one of them winds up with a bloody back.
Watch: Surfer rides deep inside a 15-foot barrel
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Chilean big-wave surfer Ramon Navarro rode deep inside a gigantic barrel while competing in the Volcom Fiji Pro at Cloudbreak in Tavarua, Fiji. "In my dreams, I'd never thought a wave could be that perfect," Navarro told National Geographic. "That was the best wave of my life."
Watch: Parapeligic skier performs backflip in a sit ski
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In 2004, Josh Dueck broke his back doing a flip while skiing, leaving him paralized from the waist down. Since his accident, Dueck has been traversing the slopes in a Sit Ski, and this year he became the first sit-skier to complete a backwards flip.
Watch: Drone films climbers in Pakistani mountains
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Photographer Corey Rich filmed this stunning video of Trango Tower in Pakistan's Karakoram mountain range, using a remote control helicopter. The footage documents mountaineer David Lama and his climbing partner Peter Ortner as they climb Trango Tower, one of the most technically difficult climbs in the world.
Watch: Extreme mountain unicycling
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Think mountain biking is intense? These guys do it on just one wheel. Stephanie Dietze and Lutz Eichholz unicycled down Cima Ombretta Orientale, a 1.87-mile-high peak in the Dolomite Mountains in northeastern Italy. The footage is pretty wild.
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Bonus: The cutest mountain biker of 2012
Four-year-old Malcolm makes the Hellion Trail at New Hampshire's Highland Mountain Bike Park look like child's play. He takes the first drop like a pro and continues to shred the rest of the run. What's even better than his impressive ride? His raw excitement. Just listen to him as he conquers each new challenge.