Red Bull’s Urbex se­ries takes ur­ban ex­plo­ration to a higher level

7 Days in Dubai - - EXPLORE -

cal­ing tall tow­ers and high bridges may evoke crip­pling fear in most nor­mal peo­ple, but Abudi Al­sagoff is any­thing but ‘nor­mal’. The Malaysian na­tional lives in Dubai and his es­capades went viral last year when he hung as a hu­man flag off the Marina 101 tower.

The 24-year-old works as a park­our teacher, is a spon­sored ath­lete and has mul­ti­ple videos of him­self de­fy­ing grav­ity, lightly bounc­ing over pub­lic struc­tures, flip­ping in the air and run­ning up walls. “I love the freedom of move­ment,” he ex­plains sim­ply. “I saw it on YouTube when I was younger and it blew my mind - so I started small. I love that when you’re us­ing your body there are no rules.”

Al­sagoff moved to Dubai in 2014 to help grow the park­our scene in the UAE. He says that although the scene is de­vel­op­ing, it still has a long way to go. He’s part of the Red Bull cam­paign, Urbex, a name for ‘ur­ban ex­plo­ration’, where episodes will be re­leased fol­low­ing ex­treme sports en­thu­si­asts as they ex­plore cities around the world. Al­sagoff will be fea­tured in his home coun­try and in his new home, Dubai. And the adren­a­line junkie says there will be lots of well-known Dubai land­marks to look out for in the video, re­leased to­mor­row. “We vis­ited plenty of sites, in­clud­ing Cayan Tower and the World Trade Cen­tre.” Along with his crew, Al­sagoff scopes out sites for ex­plo­ration and, he says, prepa­ra­tion is es­sen­tial. “When I did the hu­man flag on the top of Marina 101, I had to prac­tise the flag pose - and make sure my strength was right - that I could bal­ance my­self on one hand, for safety reasons, and so I could pro­pel my­self up prop­erly.” Al­sagoff ad­mits he wasn’t al­ways this fear­less: “The fear is gone now, but it didn’t start out that way. You need to grad­u­ally work up to the heights - to get both your body and your mind trained for it.”

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