Balls, bollocks, gonads, cods, cojones – whatever slang term you want to fill in the blank for BIG ONES,Felix Baumgartner has them in spades. If you’ve been living in a cave without Wi-Fi, or are zombified from playing a 48-hour bender of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the name Felix Baumgartner doesn’t ring any bells, don’t worry, Breakbounce is going to school you. Take out the pen and paper; there will be a test. Nah, we’re just joshing. Get a load of this.
Born in Austria, Felix Baumgartner is a base jumping, skydiving, daredevil, a man more at home floating in the clouds than walking upright on earth with the rest of us bipeds. The guy puts the EXTREME in extreme sports. “I always wanted to see what is behind the edge; what is waiting for me.” That’s Baumgartner’s philosophy on life, and damn, does he prove it time and time again.
Just listen to this atrocious list of achievements. In 1988, after honing his skills parachuting in the Austrian military, Felix started performing in skydiving events for Red Bull. Did Red Bull give him wings? Yeah, you better believe it. It 2003, he completed a winged freefall across the English Channel. Say Whaaa! The jump from the “edge of space,” however, is considered the magnum opus, the supersonic grail of extreme sport events.
On March 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner jumped from a height of just over 24 miles and reached 843 mph (Mach 1.25) in a 4 minute and 19 second free-fall. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are floating in space… The dude walked away from that thrill seeking event with nary a scratch and three world records: highest manned balloon flight, greatest free-fall velocity, and first man to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle. The last gawd awesome moment we had prior to this was when Ozzy Osbourne frenchied Marilyn Manson! Epic.
So what is the takeaway from the life and times of Felix “Big Balls” Baumgartner. Hey, we’re not saying you have to go skydiving in a space suit. We’re not saying you need to go skydiving at all. We’re just saying maybe it’s time to turn off Call of Duty (48 hours is long time, bro!) and do something more with your time. Get outside, take to the streets, have a look and see what’s behind the edge, so to speak. Carpe diem! Seize the day. Or, as Iggy Pop famously said, “You gotta’ have a lust for life.”