Skydiving + Kayak = Skyaking

Paddling across the sky, 13,000ft up in a kayak has become a new daredevil craze dubbed ‘Skyaking’.

Thrill-seeker Miles Daisher freefalls in his kayak, which gives him extra stability in the air. Photo: Joel Taylor/

Paddling across the sky, 13,000ft up in a kayak has become a new daredevil craze dubbed ‘Skyaking’.

Skyaking is the thrill-seeker’s new twist on skydiving, involves jumping out of a plane, plummeting 4,000m (13,000 feet) and then making a smooth landing on water at 50mph. So far, it’s got exactly one practitioner: Miles Daisher, a 40-year-old Idaho native and all-around daredevil— he’s also BASE jumped more than anyone else in the world.

Miles jumps in a short, wide kayak that gives extra stability in the air and freefalls at about 100mph, slower than the 120mph of a typical skydiver.

Nerves of steel: Miles prepares to jump. Photo: Joel Taylor/

“There are a lot of things that can go wrong in skyaking so you have to be prepared,” Mr. Daisher tells the Telegraph. “I usually pull the chute quite high. With skydives, I will pull at 2,000 feet, whereas with skyaking I will pull at 5,000 feet – in case anything starts to go a little crazy.”

He dreamt up skyaking while looking for ways to make his hobby even more extreme. He says: “That way, I have time to sort things out, get out of the boat and then pull the chute for the kayak. A year later, I got permission to jump out of a plane and, since then, I have jumped out of four different aircraft, including a helicopter. I have been skyaking almost eight years now.”

Final approach: A smooth landing on water. Photo: Joel Taylor/

Now, he’s skyaked everywhere from Mexico to Abu Dhabi. He has also completed more BASE jumps than anyone in the world with 2,570 and has completed a whopping 3,000 skydives since he quit his job and took up the sport in 1995.

Don’t forget to check other photos from the gallery below after the jump. [via Telegraph and Metro (UK)]

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