Nude Nebraska Skydiver Sets World Record After 60 Jumps
Rian Kanouff is a keen skydiver from Nebraska and, riffing on the tradition that sees skydivers take their 100th dive in the nude, he recently completed not one, not ten, but sixty skydives wearing nothing but his safety equipment - and in the process, he created a new Guinness world record. Yes, there is now a category for the most naked skydives completed within 24 hours, and I can't imagine there will be many challengers to Kanouff's crown any time soon.
But he says there's a serious side to the challenge, which was designed to attract publicity and assist fundraising. Kanouff, who lives in Omaha, has lost several friends and family members to suicide. In fact, it was the suicide of a fellow skydiver - who was approaching his 100th dive - that inspired Kanouff's fundraising and record-setting idea. He thought that as his friend was so close to doing one naked dive (the traditional nude 100th dive), why not take the idea further and try to use the stunt to fundraise and spread awareness of mental health issues?
[H]e talked about [his 100th dive] all the time, and he didn't get to make it, so I am out here for him and a lot of other people that we lost - Rian Kanouff