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Here’s footage of David Wise breaking the world record for highest air on a hip: 14.2 meters

Halfpipe sensation and Olympic gold medalist David Wise claimed the world record for highest air on a hip this weekend, flying 14.2 meters (approximately 46.5 feet) above the deck of the “Perfect Hip,” constructed for the 2016 edition of Suzuki Nine Knights; Wise broke the existing record—held by Norway’s Andreas Håtveit (2005)—by a whopping three meters.

“It wasn’t a goal, but I decided to go as high as I possibly can, record or not,” said Wise. “In the end, to take that title home is definitely an experience of a lifetime… the jump is just so well built. From the first time I hit it to the last, I was having fun.”

David Wise

David Wise en route to a new world record, 4/1/16. Photo by Klaus Polzer/Distillery.

Two thousand viewers gathered at Watles in South Tyrol, Italy, on Saturday the 2nd of April, to watch the world’s best transition skiers reach jaw-dropping heights above a pristinely-shaped hip jump. The massive snow feature saw a week’s worth of progressive skiing, including majestic sunset sessions. On the contest day (April 2) it was local hero Christof Schenk who grabbed first place. Each session during the week saw the athletes boosting higher and higher. The main battle emerged between Schenk and Wise who set out to beat air-time loving Joffrey Pollet-Villard, who already made a claim at the record on the first event day. Wise set the world record on Friday, April 1.

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