taig eiffel tower drop split image

A skater’s incredible stunt off the Eiffel Tower is yet to be equalled more than a decade on.

Back in 2010, Taïg Khris (France) performed the highest inline skate drop into a halfpipe on a ramp built alongside the famous landmark.

In a heart-stopping video published by the Wall Street Journal, Taïg can be seen high above the ground, standing on a platform on the first floor of the Tower and suspended 8 m above the halfpipe.

taig on the platform preparing for his jump

Watched on by a cheering crowd, he took a leap of faith down towards the ramp.

The crowd let out a collective gasp as the skater landed the jump, before his feet fell away from underneath him and he slid down the ramp on his bum.

After planting his feet firmly back on the ground, he told the publication: “How did I feel up there? I mean, it’s just incredible, you know.

“The height, you really have to turn your brain to put it off because it’s too scary.”

He added: “I worked two years for that, so hard, so I was not going to let it go, I really concentrated and really enjoyed that moment up there because I was dreaming of that.”

Taïg’s record-breaking drop was 12 m 50 cm (41 ft) and took place during the Mobile Mega Jump event in Paris on 29 May 2010.

taig leaps off the platform to the half pipe

Taïg actually broke his own record, previously setting it in 2004 with a drop of 3 m 10 cm (10 ft 2 in) on the set of L’Été de Tous Les Records, in Port Leucate, France.

This isn’t Taïg’s only visit to the record books – he has another five titles to his name:

Inline skates, most consecutive McTwists – 25

taig on the ramp at the eiffel tower

Inline skates, highest McTwist – 2.35 m (7.7 ft)

Inline skates – highest hand plant (invert) – 2 m (6 ft 6 in)

Longest method double backflip – inline skate – 3 m (9 ft 10 in)

taig presented with his certificate

Inline skates, most skaters in a mid-air cross over – 4 with Lamine Fathi, Anis Iboulalen and Fabrice Viguier 

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