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These Photos Of Adventure Sport In 2016 Are So Crazy They're Stunning

Your stomach may flip.

20/12/2016 8:11 AM AEDT | Updated 22/12/2016 10:39 AM AEDT

In the realms of action and adventure sport, 2016 has certainly has reached some hovering heights.

We created the world's longest swing over Austria (why not?), we surfed the clouds above Florida and we dove off cliffs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

And by we, we mean the crazy and inspirational athletes who have gone to great lengths in the name of their sport -- or a great photo.

Thanks to Red Bull, we've been right there with them.

Cliff Diving In Mostar

Kin Marcin/Red Bull
Before diving off cliffs for a living, this Aussie champion was an acrobat on a cruise ship.

Let's start with one of our very own. In 2016, The Huffington Post Australia chatted to Rhiannan Iffland -- Australia's newest international cliff diving champion who has had a crazy year of blitzing her opponents at various Red Bull World Series events.

Here, she is plunging off the famous Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yep, that is a 21.5 metre drop. Woah.

Slopestyle Biking In Whistler

Slopestyle is a thing. It's a winter sport that sees athletes ski, snowboard or bike down (or off) crazy slopes, ducking rails, jumps and other tricky terrains on their way down. It's positively wild.

Here, young Polish rider Szymon Godziek is midair and face down at the Red Bull Joyride in Whistler.

Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull
We can't help but worry about the other guy.

Surfing The Northern Lights

This one needs very few words -- other than to say that it was the dream of two photographers to shoot somebody under the Northern Lights in Norway. Lucky for them (and for us), Mick Fanning was the chosen one.

Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsaeth / Red Bull
Nothing like a night-time Norwegian surf (it was Mick's first).

Huffpost Australia caught up with Fanning after his latest trip and heard about what's coming up next for the 35-year-old three-time world surfing champ turned environmental advocate.

Skysurfing In Florida

In normal circumstances, a hostile thunderstorm is usually an indicator to steer clear of jumping out of an airplane.

Not for this guy.

Craig O'Brien / Red Bull
Diving into clouds at speeds of up to 210 km/h doesn't sound ideal.

Above, Sean MacCormac is poised to leap from 3 kilometres above central Florida, his feet strapped onto his board, to surf a storm cloud. He's well trained (don't worry) and has been doing a host of 'innovative' projects with the Red Bull Air Force. Surely, this one must take the cake.

Sandboarding In Abu Dhabi

Kin Marcin/Red Bull
Snow and sand are pretty much the same thing, right?

If you're into freestyling, the scorching desert is surely a good place to let off some steam. Here, a rally driver and a snowboarder meet in the ultimate desert freestyler.

It's all pretty epic. When can we start?

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