Watch: Kiteboarder makes death-defying jump from the Burj Al Arab
If you’re scared of heights, you might want to look away now…
A professional kiteboarder has completed a world-first stunt, leaping off the helipad of the Burj Al Arab.
Nick Jacobsen – a five-time Danish kiteboarding champion, 2017 Red Bull King of the Air and XDubai athlete – performed the jaw-dropping feat as part of a Mercedes-Benz Middle East video, which launched online today.
You can check out the video here:
The video shows the athlete surveying the city from the top of the iconic sail-shaped building, before launching himself from the helipad – an incredible 210 metres above the water.
In doing so, he completed the highest kiteboarding jump on record, smashing his own previous world record of 90m.
“Standing on the top of the Burj Al Arab helipad was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and launching from it, a global first,” said Jacobsen, who previously teamed up with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to leap from the top of racing yacht Azzam’s 30-metre mast.
“It took a lot of planning, precision and safety measures, but it all worked well in the end, and the experience was amazing.”
The video also features Hollywood stuntman Damien Walters, who can be seen leaping from a speeding car, with the Burj Khalifa in the background.
Not to be outdone, record-breaking wingsuit and BASE jumper Noah Bahnson (who is also a Skydive Dubai coach) performs a low-altitude parachute launch against the backdrop of Dubai Marina, before releasing himself into a freefall towards the sea.