Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 60

Extreme Gadgets

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 02, 2003 on The History Channel
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Extreme Gadgets
Join us for an exploration of the technological innovations that have made extreme sports a reality. The world's best extreme athletes, designers, manufacturers, and engineers explain and demonstrate why the gadgets, gear, and technology of these sports have captured the public's imagination and revolutionized the sporting industry. Sports covered include surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, in-line skating, street luge, wakeboarding, sport climbing, BMX biking, and sky surfing.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Skysurfers use an automatic activation device or A.A.D., a computerized barometric sensing unit that opens the reserve parachute at a pre-set altitude if it determines a jumper is still plummeting at high speed.

      • On May 22, 2001 Stefan Gatt became the first person to snowboard down Mount Everest.

      • The rider's feet are the brakes in steet luge. Because most of the rubber is burned off braking at such high speeds, shoes often have to be replaced after each race.

      • Wetsuit and surf equipment innovator Jack O'Neill lost an eye while testing one of the first surf leashes that tethers a surfer to his board. Jack's signature eye patch became his company logo. now recognized the world over.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Defying the laws of gravity. Reckless or revolutionary, insanity or twisted genius? Technology and innovation give birth to the most mind blowing and perilous sports on the planet. Now, Extreme Sports Gadgets, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Laird Hamilton
        Big Wave Surfer

        Sam George
        Editor, "Surfer" magazine

        Al Merrick
        Owner, Channel Island Surfboards

        Chris Malloy
        Professional Surfer

        James O'Mahoney
        Skateboarding Pioneer

        Stacy Peralta
        Skateboarding Pioneer/Filmmaker

        Tony Hawk
        Professional Skateboarder

        Roger Hickey
        Street Luge Pioneer

        Neal Piper
        President, AEND Industries

        Scott Starr

        Marc Berardi
        Burton Snowboards

        Tony Finn
        Wakeboard Pioneer

        Jimmy Redmon
        Wakeboard Designer

        Troy Hartman

        Chris de Bar
        Wingsuit Flyer

        Eron Chorney
        Engineer, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

        Spencer Jeffrey
        Machinist, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

        Eric Amey
        Machine Shop, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

        Wade Simmons
        Professional Mountain Biker

        Richie Schley
        Professional Mountain Biker

        Mat Hoffman
        Professional BMX Biker

        Jason Lee
        Mountainboard Pioneer

        Patrick McConnell
        Mountainboard Pioneer

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Rob Stone
        Producer: Rob Stone
        Associate Producer: Beata Genin
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Editor: Pam Malouf
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Lauren Levine
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher/Voice over Coordinator: Melanie Pipes
        Assistant Editor: Taylor Greathead
        Assistant Editor: Alison Tusan
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Camera: Sal Aridi
        Camera: John Collins
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Gene Moffat
        Camera: Carlos Montaner
        Field Audio: Jeff Henschel
        Field Audio: Nicholas Teti
        Online Editor: Chuck Crews
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Victoria Bornia
        Historical Consultant: Sam George

        Special Thanks:
        James O'Mahoney
        Santa Barbara Surfing Museum

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

      • This episode is sometimes referred to as "Extreme Sports Gadgets".

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