The extreme sports community lost one of its own this week.
Antoine Montant, a French extreme sports star, was killed in a tragic accident in the French Alps, where he was BASE jumping. Local police found his body on Sunday and are investigating additional details.
Antoine Montant grew up just outside the French Alps and is one of those guys who learned to ski as soon as he could walk. At age nine, Montant learned how to paraglide from his older brother Valéry, an experienced hanggliding and paragliding pilot that helped pioneer the sport of speed flying — paragliding with skis down steep, snowy slopes. Valéry was killed in an accident in 2006.
Montant was a certified instructor in skiing and paragliding and certainly one of the world’s top athletes in both sports. He was an avid extreme skiier, BASE jumper and speed flyer.
To give you an example of what Antoine Montant could do, below is a clip of the first-ever speed flight along the cables of Chamonix’s old cable car:
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Nerve Rush HQ’s thoughts are with Antoine Montant’s friends and family.
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