New sport combines skiing and flying (!)

The sport of “Speedriding” (which has been called “speed gliding” or “ski gliding” as well) is a kiteskiing-like discipline.

A new product from the Italian company Jochum & Nesler, called the SPEEDRIDER, is a “combination of a parachute and a paraglider designed for high speed with extreme stability.”

Here’s a video of the (insane) sport:

Speedriding entails, according to the company, “flying along the slope at high speed a few meters away from the snow.” You ski along and then simply take off and fly over rough terrain when needed. The rider (or pilot, as it were) controls flying height and speed with a brake mechanism, and you adapt the glide path to the steepness of the hill.

Wow! Watch for the full Gear Junkie review soon.

This rig, not surprisingly, was just bestowed with an ISPO BrandNew Award.

See the company’s site here: jn-kites.com

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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