The 50 Gnarliest Pictures in Sports
Picture a chilly late afternoon on the slopes, snowflakes fluttering and birds sporadically chirping. As you cruise through the snowy serenity at intense speeds and prepare to launch off the upcoming ramp into the abyss, only one thing runs through your mind. Extreme.
But you've been down this road before, and you're set to surpass radical and go far beyond any insane trick performed in the past. Extreme doesn't quite cut it. No, you're headed for the pinnacle of greatness. We like to call it gnarliness.
Ok so perhaps the term gnarliness has yet to reach an actual dictionary, but you get the point.
We're set to look at the 50 gnarliest pictures of athletes truly defying gravity and eclipsing extreme.
Blonde manes and rebellious verbs like "frothing" and "bro-ing out" aren't required in gnarlyville.
But some epic tunes are.
50. Human Art of Flying
So maybe Red Bull doesn't give you wings, but it certainly gives you courage.
49. Tundrous Surroundings
It's clear at this point he's frozen in time...call for backup.
48. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Bro, you forgot your break pads.
47. The Rooney Tunes
The stunning bicycle kick perfected by Wayne Rooney himself. He will not be stopped.
46. Free Fallin'
Enjoying the intricate architecture one backflip at a time.
45. Deep Green Sea
Jaws finally shares his side of the story.
44. Trampling the Competition
Just another day at the office for this bull rider. We expect he's got a dentist appointment.
43. Trailing Greatness
Forked between immortality and failure. An epic moment captured.
42. Testing the Wind
For that one moment, he felt on top of the world.
And then came the epic splash.
41. Preparing for Battle
Just offering his competitors a path to follow.
40. Flipping and Dipping
A new and possibly more effective form of warfare.
39. Old School Rugby
Pig-bladder perfection circa 1925.
Synthetic rubber has taken over today's rugby balls.
38. A Glorious Ending
As the dirt scampers away and the muddy terrain braces for impact, one driver remains focused on the finish line.
37. Boarding the Wake
Solid form, 10s all around.
36. Shiny Descent
A slim reflection makes the shaving of the mountain seem almost natural.
35. The Speed of Soccer
Seems like the workings of an epic victory dance.
34. Dabbling in Greatness
When he kiteboards, the wind is always at his back.
He is the most interesting man in the world.
33. The Beauty of Basketball
Who knew flagrant fouls could be so epic?
32. In-Flight Amenities
That's certainly another way to travel.
31. The Bengal Leap
As Jerome Simpson defied gravity, we quickly reached for the replay button.
30. A Carolina Delicacy
Footlong club with lettuce, tomato, onions, swiss and Titan. Please and thank you.
29. Living on a Prayer
Almost there, just a mile to go.
28. Eclipsing the Norm
OK, let's see. Picked up the dry cleaning? Check. Went grocery shopping? Check. Do a triple backflip and land 125 feet from the takeoff ramp? Check.
27. Collective Brilliance
Inspired by several synchronized-swimming bulls.
26. A Brazilian Bike Ride
Pele's unforgettable prowess is far from old news.
25. Taking a Second Look
More vibrant than most color-filled photographs. Embrace the violent subtlety.
24. Sky Is the Ceiling
Look Ma, no hands.
23. Death Race
Cell phone and wallet? Check. iPod? Check. Parachute? Uh oh.
22. MJ's Gift
Few possessed vision comparable to the man known simply as Air Jordan.
21. Soaring Towards Insanity
Just a man and his skis. That's all.
20. Changing Atmospheres
Each daredevil can feel the skin escaping their face, flopping for freedom.
19. Calming the Wilderness
Drugs for the eyeballs.
18. Scratching the Surface
This sandboarding phenomenon continues to intrigue us in the sandless crevices of the world.
17. The Ultimate Proposal
On second thought, the scripted snow reads madness.
16. For the Love of Fire
If only his girlfriend didn't live directly across the treacherous volcano down the block, this would be so much easier.
15. Jumping for Joy
Easily the most stunning tour this guy's ever been on.
14. Newton's Law
Gymnastics off a speeding plane. We can only hope the Olympic committee is making some phone calls right about now.
13. The Man, the Legend, the Ichiro
Willie Mays would applaud this performance.
12. Messing with Fate
Be careful, remember what the last guy who tried this did?
11. The Black and White Phenomenon
Ok Jim, let's try that one more time. But with a smile please.
10. Becoming One with Nature
He seems to be enjoying himself.
9. A Walk on the Wild Side
Walking on water is so last year.
8. Reaching the Pinnacle
Laughing down on all those who doubted him. Inches away from the clouds.
7. Music Makes You Luge Control
Beautiful and chaotic, very reflective of postmodern athletics.
6. A Day in the Life
Mixing calm serenity with natural greatness produces perfection. Nicely done.
5. Slicing and Dicing
Those waves never had a chance.
4. The Art of Free Running
Seagulls can fly, sure, but humans can parkour. Take that!
3. Luging a Grip
Thankfully Junior got a ride to school today. A calm, whining-free luge ride to the office.
2. Dr. Seuss' Dream
Maybe if the Grinch traveled to Whoville, he'd have been a legend.
1. City of Sandy
Just a casual ride to the supermarket across treacherous dunes and salty pastures.
Carrying the groceries back should be interesting.