David Wise won the first Olympic ski halfpipe title in Sochi, but he reached greater heights at an event in Italy on Friday.
The native of Reno, Nav., soared 46 feet, 7 inches, breaking the world record for highest air on a hip by more than nine feet.
“It was not a goal, but I decided to go as high as I possibly can, record or not,” Wise said in a press release. “To take that title home is definitely an experience of a lifetime.”
Wise was joined by Swiss Olympic halfpipe snowboarder Christian Haller, who broke the snowboard air record with a 37-foot height.
Warning: Explicit language on the first video below.
Full video from my record breaker at Nine Knights. Thanks to Watles for hosting and everyone at Nine Knights for…
Welcome to the POV of my new world record hip hit. 14.2 meters, or 46.5 feet!!! Going this big was a mixture of pure terror and complete joy. Thanks Nine Knights for making it happen! 4FRNT Skis Smith Monster Energy #TeamVisa Visa Northstar #tothemoon
Posted by David Wise on Sunday, April 3, 2016
If you told me that I would go 46.5 feet above a takeoff, I wouldn't have believed you. It's just silly. Thanks @…
Birds eye view of my world record attempt today at @nineknights. The axe down there is 10 meters tall (32 ish feet). …