3 Extreme Sports 'Fearless' Rosenqvist Loves To Do
Posted on: 10 January, 2017
It's rookie year for Felix Rosenqvist in Formula E and he's already making headlines. In his debut race, the Swede clocked up the fastest lap. As if that weren't enough for the new kid on the grid, he grabs pole position and a podium finish in the second race. This boy is on a roll and we can't wait to see what feat he’ll pull off in the next race.
'Fast Felix' leads the pack at the Marrakesh ePrix Maiden podium finish
An ex-Formula Three Champion, his passion for racing stems from his insatiable taste for 'the extreme.' One scroll through his Instagram handle (www.instagram.com/frosenqvist/) and you'll know what we mean. His bio reads: "Brake very late and very little."
Felix loves to push himself beyond his limits and live on the edge. When not zipping around street circuits, you'll find this adrenaline junkie sliding down the snow-cloaked Alps. Or battling bumps, gravel and tight turns on a mountain bike. Born for the outdoors, even hitting the gym is too drab for this nature lover.
"I really don't like to be inside, training. I love to do sports that are both physically and mentally challenging." We hear you, Felix. So what kind of extreme sports is he really into?
His first love. Growing up in Scandinavia, Felix is no stranger to snow. He began skiing when he was two (ja, you read that right – two!) years old. "My family has a history of skiing. Almost every year we go somewhere for a week or so." So attuned to skiing, he wears his skiis like second skin. Check him out doing a 360 jump here:
My family has a history of skiing.
With such risky and energy-pumping moves, you'd wonder if he's had any freak accidents. "When I was younger, I had a crash once. There was a lot of fog and I couldn’t see - suddenly I was falling off a cliff. I broke my helmet and my goggles, but no bones."
Although skiing is probably the 'scariest' sport, it's the easier one of the lot for Felix. The most difficult, for him, is skateboarding. "It's a lot more technical. It's not like you can jump off the cliff and do some cool things. You just have the board and you try to do tricks with it." Felix has owned around twenty skateboards in total. (Go ahead and let that jaw drop.) Although, he rarely skateboards now because it's dangerous and easy to get hurt (he had a lot of pain-filled months when he was younger). Take a look at one of the safer stunts he does here:
3. Mountain biking
A younger Felix did a lot of BMX (bicycle motocross) when he was 14 years old. Downhill mountain biking is also another extremely dangerous sport, but something that he absolutely loves to do when he gets the chance. Earlier this year, he holidayed with a few friends at Åre in Sweden - home to one of Europe’s best bike tracks.
But that's not the half of it. Felix also does some not-so-extreme sports. Every once in a while, you may catch him hauling a huge fish out of the sea:
He does 'em all. Hold on, anything on his bucket list? Skydiving perhaps?
Nope. Not his cup of tea. "There's really not much you can do [in skydiving]. I prefer sports like racing, where you have a circuit - there's a reference and you can improve. In skydiving, you just have air. It will be cool, but nothing great."
I prefer sports like racing, where you have a circuit - there's a reference and you can improve.
Young Felix becomes a karting champ
Whatever the sport, our young lad is unafraid to try out the new and extreme. We have only got to say: var försiktig, Felix! We don't want you breaking any bones during your ski trips this winter.