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December 3, 2008

Fred Syversen 107 Meters Cliff Drop Video


Fred Syversen‘s unofficial world record on cliff dropping has been under discussion for about a year. Rumors said that Norwegian freeskier Fred Syversen had accidentally dropped more than anyone ever before. Many of us didn’t believe this because there was no evidence. Just words.

Fred Syversen and his 107 meters unintentional world record cliff jump

Now it is time to believe it. There IS evidence. Fred Syversen DID drop 107 meters, and yes, it was unintentional. Fred Syversen was filming a ski movie Nuit de la Glisse with his crew last year. He was skiing a real dream line on a big mountain, as can be seen in the video below.

A couple of times Fred Syversen skis very close to the edge of the mountain with over-a-100-meter drop next to his skis. While he was approaching the grand finale, the big drop in the end of the line, you can hear the filming crew yelling “à gauche, à gauche!“, which is French and means “left, left!“. Unfortunately it was too late.

Fred Syversen's 107 meters (351 feet) world record cliff drop

Fred Syversen dropped the wrong cliff. Unintentionally he skied a line that lead to his 107 meters cliff drop. His speed was estimated to be over 80 km/h when he jumped.

Fred is lucky to be alive. A 107-meter fall is absolutely staggering. It’s incredible that he survived. Fred even landed close to the rocks, and he was buried more than 2.5 meters in the snow.

Damn! Fred, where are you?!

After Fred Syversen’s 107 meters (351 feet) cliff drop Jamie Pierre’s 75-meter (245-foot) world record doesn’t sound much at all, right? No way. Both jumps are incredible and huge, although Fred Syversen’s jump was much bigger. Dropping cliffs like this is extremely risky. Fred Syversen must have had thousands of guardian angels helping him land safely.

Friends digging Fred Syversen out of the snow

Fred Syversen realized that he missed the correct line. Instead of braking he decided to drop as well as possible. He knew that braking could lead to uncontrolled flying, which could actually kill him. Just before jumping he made a little turn in order to avoid crashing into the rocks on his left side. His position looks well controlled, although (for a moment) he was sure he was going to die. (Read Fred’s own explanation what he felt like in the air on our earlier post about this unintentional world-record drop from last winter)

Fred Syversen dropped 107 meters cliff with almost no injuries!

Fred Syversen said landing felt like an explosion and breathing was difficult. He was buried in the snow, but he didn’t panic. He knew the crew would be digging him in minutes. They found Fred unconscious, but as soon as he woke up, he was able to ski down to helicopter. He was flown to hospital where they found minor damage in his liver. He was ordered to take it easy for the next few weeks.

Fred Syversen was flown to a hospital after his 107 meters world record cliff drop

Fred, you gotta be the luckiest man on planet Earth… dude… We are glad you survived.



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About the Author

Marko Pyhajarvi
I am an old-school alpine skier, snowboarder and telemarker, and I love writing. Therefore I founded Homeboy. I (too) enjoy powder, mountaineering and backcountry skiing as well as photographing. Nowadays, as an old fart, I mostly ski with my kids and focus on financing their hobbies.



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