Thursday Apr 03, 2014

Extreme sports pranks from April Fool's Day 2014

Shaun White is back! Already?

Shaun White has created much media controversy so far this year and things reached new levels recently when he announced his retirement from competition, to focus on his band ‘Bad Things’.

So, three days later, it wasn’t too shocking when there was yet another twist in the Flying Tomato’s story. Whitelines magazine announced the American was back – and had just landed the first ever frontside triple 1440 in a pipe.

Of course The YOLT (You-Only-Live-Twice) Flip, which was supposedly perfected on a secret volcano in Kamchatka, was a well-timed joke. However, many snowboarding fans were still quick to accept White’s speedy return from the wilderness as just another PR stunt.

The You-Only-Live-Twice Flip PHOTO: Adam Moran

Tandem Superman Flipwhip aka Flair Loop! – Animal

More expert use of Photoshop allowed Animal athletes James Jones and Blake Samson to fake the first ever Superman Flipwhip on a tandem bike.

The unique trick involved Jones flip whipping the bike while Samson threw a superman off the back. This was clearly far too good to be true but if you need anymore evidence of it’s trickery then take a closer look at the impossible trick’s name – its an anagram of April Fool.

Good work Animal - if only the promised video footage had been released.

#STOKED – The GoPro Energy Drink

True to form GoPro created an epic campaign to fool the world into thinking they were releasing their own energy drink - #STOKED.

The clue’s to the truth were in the drink’s ingredients however, which apparently included ‘ancient Amazonian super foods to help you achieve maximum radness’ as well as ‘GoPro's CEO Nick Woodman's epic sweat’. Still, Twitter was riddled with the #STOKED tag as GoPro dished out a few fake cans for athletes to consume in super slow-motion. However, it was the brilliant advert that had many fans rushing out to seek a taste that ‘gives your mouth a slow motion high five’.

         GoPro's new energy drink, #STOKED

Arc’teryx become Archaeopteryx

In this prank, outdoor apparel manufacturer Arc’teryx took to YouTube to announce they were launching a monumental rebrand of the company. This would centre around replacing their famously tricky-to-pronounce name Arc’teryx, with the completely impossible Archaeopteryx.

They then headed out to the streets to see what the public thought of the idea, with mixed results.

Kelly Slater says goodbye to Quiksilver

As you may know by now, this wasn’t actually an April Fool’s prank but could be considered so because of the sheer number of people who just couldn’t believe it.

After 23 years, 11 ASP World Titles and endless World Champion Tour victories Kelly Slater, the world’s best ever surfer, has parted company with the brand that started it all.

Combine a break-up of this magnitude and April 1st as the official announcement day and you can see why people were sceptical. 

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