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Meet the Adventurers of the Year

For eight years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism, and adventure sports. This year, we selected people who are adventure innovators—a surfer riding giants; a skier landing the first sit-ski backflip; a mountain biker pedaling across cultural boundaries; a BASE jumper falling from space; and more. Get to know them in photos, interviews, and video.

Congratulations to People's Choice Adventurer of the Year Felix Baumgartner!

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    Surfing the best wave, kayaking the largest rapids, free climbing the hardest mountain, landing the first sit-ski backflip, free-falling faster than sound. These are just some of the feats of this year's honorees. View the photos.

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    Meet the Adventurers

    From a snowboarder advocating against climate change to an artist bringing back stories from the vertical world, these ten people are adventure innovators, each in his or her own way. Read the interviews.

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