Stunt rider who’s afraid of heights leaps out of a chopper at 700FT

BMX-treme! Stunt rider who’s afraid of heights leaps out of a chopper at 700FT on to a hotel helipad and then jumps and spins through the parks and landmarks of Dubai

  • Kriss Kyle, 26, from Stranraer jumped onto the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel
  • His daring ride also took in the Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Burj Khalifa 
  • Stunt was commissioned by Red Bull and given the go-ahead by Dubai Tourism 

This incredible video shows a Scottish BMX stunt rider use Dubai as his playground.

Kriss Kyle, 26, from Stranraer also conquered his life long fear of heights, jumping onto the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, from a helicopter. 

After jumping the 14 feet from the helicopter – 720 feet up –  to the helipad, the rider then completes a second daring leap before zooming into the hotel. 

Kriss also used slides in Wild Wadi Waterpark and the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa in the video

Kriss on his BMX leaping from the helicopter at 720 feet up, onto a ramp 14 feet below him 


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‘The whole year I’ve been sweating this helicopter thing because, as soon as they agreed it, I was like, oh no, they’ve actually said yes to it,’ Kriss told Fatbmx.com.

‘What have I done? What have I got myself into? Can I do it? Especially since because I’m scared of heights as well. It was terrifying,’ he added. 

Kriss then makes his way throughout Dubai, which sees him flying down the twisting slides of the Wild Wadi Waterpark, flipping through the grounds of the Burj Khalifa before finally hopping onto a moving boat as he leaves the city behind. 

Kriss Kyle, 26, from Stranraer posing in front of the Dubai skyline before his leap of faith

The 26-year-old Scot flying down the twisting slides of the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai

Due to the extreme nature of the stunt, Kriss only had one shot at making the helicopter jump work. 

Despite practising for months on smaller jumps, factors including wind, thermals and Kriss’ crippling fear of heights meant that the 26-year-old only had one shot at making the jump.  

On completing the jump, Kriss said: ‘We actually planned to film the jump the day before. But due a rare weather system at the time we planned the jump, we were forced to reschedule the attempt to the following day. 

‘Sadly that meant for another sleepless night for me!’

The stunt was commissioned by Red Bull and given the go-ahead by Dubai Tourism.

‘Working on a Red Bull edit always means you get to challenge what’s possible and this was no different,’ Kriss said. 

Kriss in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel that he leaped onto from a helicopter

 

 

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