Best Death-Defying Extreme Athlete - 2011
The things Chuck Patterson does for fun are good fodder for answers to questions such as "How would you want to die?" Riding a stand-up paddleboard at one of the world's most frightening and technical waves, Teahupoo. "Hucking" oneself off a more-than-140-foot snow-covered cliff. Paddling with great white sharks, then going onshore to get a video camera to capture proof. Being dragged into a 30-foot wave at Maverick's, a revered big-wave spot that breaks along a rocky cliff, while wearing water skis and holding snow-skiing poles. While most of us would consider these exciting ways to depart this life, Patterson, a Dana Point resident, does them for the adrenalin rush. How badass does your bungee-jumping experience seem now?