Cliff jumper Laso Schaller sets world record in Switzerland

Cliff diver Laso Schaller sets a world record with a 193-foot leap. Photo: © Lukas Pilz/Red Bull
Cliff jumper Laso Schaller sets a world record with a 193-foot leap. Photo: © Lukas Pilz/Red Bull

Laso Schaller, a daredevil cliff jumper and canyoning expert, set a world record by jumping off a platform 193 feet high into a small pool of water at Cascata del Salto waterfall above the town of Maggia in Switzerland.

The 27-year-old, who regularly leaps off cliffs ranging from 80 to 115 feet, reached a speed of 76.4 mph and descended more than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is 183 feet.

In the video released this week, Red Bull offers various perspectives that give a sense of the insaneness of the world-record jump executed earlier this month, and prefaces it with these words: "Prepare yourself for one of the gnarliest POV shots ever."

Once he was pulled from the 26-foot-deep pool and tested his body, the cliff diver smiled and raised his arms in triumph.

"Once you get above 25 meters [82 feet], everything starts to look and feel the same," Schaller told Red Bull. "The only difference is the airtime."

Cliff diver Laso Schaller descended more than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Photo: Red Bull
Cliff jumper Laso Schaller descended more than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull

Schaller, who was born in Brazil and raised in Switzerland, and his team took every precaution in preparing for the world-record jump.

A platform was built to allow Schaller a clean jump to clear the rocks. A team of divers examined the pool to ensure it was clear of objects. They did a series of rock drops to determine the timing of the landing and the fall line. And six scuba tanks aerated the water to soften the landing, though UPI reported that he overshot his mark and landed in harder water close to the center of the pool.

Schaller, who slightly dislocated his right hip, broke the previous record of 177 feet, set by Olivier Favre in 1987, according to UPI.

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