While I hate starting off the year with a downer, I also think it’s important to remember the lives our community has lost. They would want us to move on, but let’s not forget their contributions.
On May 16, Dean Potter and Graham Hunt died in a wingsuit flight accident at Yosemite National Park. Potter was a well-known pioneer in climbing and BASE jumping. Hunt was an up-and-comer in the scene and Potter’s long-time flying partner.
The Nitro Circus family lost one of its own on September 28. Erik Roner died in a skydiving accident during the opening ceremony of a celebrity golf tournament. The ski-BASE jumper reached fans from any action sports disciplines due to his involvement with Nitro Circus.
October 1 saw another wingsuit fatality. Johnny Strange, a BASE jumper and the youngest person to climb the seven summits, died at the age of 23.
In early December, downhill skateboarding and street luge legend Biker Sherlock took his own life. The link I put includes info on how to donate to his family.
Lastly, Japanese motocross rider Cloud Toda died in a foam pit fire. He overcame great odds after an accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and was practicing whips in hopes of getting into the X Games.
We will miss all of these individuals, but their spirits live on as we are reminded to seize each day.