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CNBC's "The New High: Extreme Sports" Will Premiere on Thursday, June 18th at 10PM ET/PT


Thursday, 6/18/2015:




From flying off a mountain in a "wingsuit" to nailing a triple back motorcycle flip to kiteboarding 40 feet in the air, CNBC explores the soaring popularity of extreme sports. In just the past few years, entirely new sports have been invented, millions of dollars have been pumped into this huge and growing industry, and what was once extreme is now mainstream. These action adventures are no longer the domain of elite athletes. Now, a nation of weekend warriors is diving into the mud, scaling new peaks, and riding the waves. These enthusiasts are tapping into a common fantasy of escaping their dull office routines and transforming themselves, even for a moment, into superheroes.

Correspondent Carl Quintanilla takes a helicopter ride to the top of Notch Peak in Utah, where wingsuit jumpers sponsored by GoPro take off from 9,000 feet. Quintanilla also travels to Hawaii, where venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, brought together by a passion for kiteboarding, broker million dollar deals. If extreme sports has a hero, it's Travis Pastrana, X-Games legend and now ringleader of the enormously popular arena show, "Nitro Circus." CNBC takes viewers behind the scenes at one of his high-octane performances. Quintanilla also tackles the hot new sport of obstacle course racing and profiles its breakout star, Amelia Boone, who explains her winning strategy: "Bring myself to that brink – and keep pushing."

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