The death-defying Skywalk stunt that has to be seen to be believed

Alex Thomson does the impossible in his IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss yacht.

British round-the-world sailor Alex Thomson has unveiled a new death-defying stunt that’s bigger and better than anything he’s ever done before.

After The Keelwalk and The Mastwalk, the yachtsman has now executed a breathtaking Skywalk aboard his IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss boat.

Thomson’s stunt – which you can watch in full in the video above – sees him leap on a kiteboard, chase his vessel upwind and attach himself via a rope to the top of the boat’s mast.

From there Thomson uses the lightning speed of the race boat to surf 280 ft into the air above the Hugo Boss yacht. At peak height the skipper then unhooks himself from the boat and expertly controls his descent to land the kiteboard on the water.

Hugo Boss The Skywalk Alex Thomson
Daredevil The only way is up as Alex Thomson attempts the Skywalk. Image Picture Hugo Boss

All pulled off by Thomson in a stylish suit from Hugo Boss – a daring and exciting stunt perfectly in line with their approach to fashion.

The Skywalk was carried out by Alex Thomson Racing – in partnership with sponsors Hugo Boss and Mercedes-Benz – and took 35 people to plan and execute.

“The previous two stunts that we carried out – The Mastwalk and The Keelwalk – were so successful that, as a team, we just knew we couldn’t stop there. We were all in agreement; we wanted to do something even bigger and better,” Thomson said.

“I’ve always had a love for all things wind-powered so naturally a stunt which involved kite surfing was the next step. The idea of combining two of my favourite sports and executing something which, to our knowledge, had never been done before was really exciting.

“The team and I have been planning the stunt for a long time. There were lots of things that could have gone wrong. Perhaps most concerning for the team; was the prospect of an uncontrolled descent, causing me to come back down too fast.

Hugo Boss The Skywalk Alex Thomson Underwater
Back down to earth Alex Thomson dives into the blue for his Skywalk stunt. Image Picture Hugo Boss

“Water can be as hard as concrete if hit with enough velocity, so this was one of the most dangerous aspects of the stunt. But I had a brilliant team around me and, with their help; we managed to pull it off.

“What’s next? Who knows?”

Putting aside his trilogy of epic stunts, Thomson will take on the Vendée Globe later this year. The pinnacle event of the Ocean Masters race calendar, it’s a non-stop, solo, unassisted round-the-world race that takes 80 takes to complete.

Thomson has his sights set on being the first Brit to win this title.

You can follow the daredevil over on the socials below and learn more at the following links:

www.facebook.com/AlexThomsonRacing
www.twitter.com/alexthomson99 
www.hugoboss.com/skywalk

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