When it comes to Action Sports, athletes are accepting huge risk for huge reward.
Athletes like Shaun White have made fortunes from extreme sports, but many have ended up on the complete opposite side of the equation with massive injuries and even death.
One man stands alone on the sideline of the injured, handing out "High Fives" for recovery.
Roy Tuscany who suffered a spinal cord injury while training in 2006 at Mammoth Mountain in California decided to pave a way for the survivors of action sports injuries from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and beyond.
In 2009, he founded the High Five Foundation to provide grants and gifts to injured athletes who need financial help during their recoveries. He doesn't stop there, and is a spokesperson for safety and most recently launched a "Helmets are Cool" campaign sponsored by the National Ski Patrol, POC Helmets , Snocru, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows.
The CR Johnson Healing Center is named after famed freeride skier CR Johnson, who was an X-Games champion and well-known skier who pioneered new tricks in and out of the half pipe. He suffered a TBI while filming a ski movie when Kye Peterson landed on CR's head after the two skiers jumped off of the same back country kicker.
Johnson died four years later attempting to revitalize his ski career at his home resort of Squaw Valley, Calif.
Listen to my interview with Roy Tuscany in the player below.
Shane McConkey was a real-life action hero in the world of extreme sports. His career ran for two decades, and he was known for his innovation on and off the slopes.
As a skier he pioneered fat skis, invented and marketed reverse camber skis, and became the name and face for ski-BASE jumping around the world.
Off the snow he founded an organization for freeride skiers, carved out new sponsorship deals with mainstream sponsors such as Red Bull, and was a family man.
His life ended in an accident in Europe when he attempted to ski off a cliff and wing-suit away and then eventually parachute to safety. Unfortunately, due to equipment failure, Shane McConkey jumped his last cliff March 29 2009 in the Dolomite mountains in Italy.
A new documentary film entitled "McConkey" is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left on the progression of his sports, and the path he took to achieve his dreams.
McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.
Featuring incredible action footage and Shane’s own home videos, "McConkey" offers a rare look at his most intense risks as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
Through interviews with friends, family, and other action sports legends, the film celebrates Shane and the way he lived.
It is playing in Boston Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at John Hancock Hall. Click here to view the movie trailer.
Click here for Boston tickets: http://mcconkeyboston.eventbrite.com/
Edging the Xtreme caught up with long-time skier and filmmaker Scott Gaffney for insight in to this film. Listen below:
What's crazy to some is controlled chaos to others. Alex Polli,a wingsuit flyer and base jumper, isn't afraid of the kinds of daredevil stunts most people would be terrified of.
According to Polli, the scariest thing is not jumping because that "would not be living."
He flies all over, including through a 2013 banner to ring in the new year with his friends, and he once jumped out of a helicopter and flew through an arc cave on the side of a mountain – at over 250 miles per hour.
In a recent interview on Edging the Xtreme, Alex Polli talks about his life, his need to fly, and the what it takes to b calm under extreme conditions.