But perhaps most importantant, while the staples of ESPN remain flagship sports such as baseball and football, ESPN2 features rough-and-tumble pro hockey, along with "extreme" sports, such as snowboarding, sky surfing, skateboarding, and beach volleyball.
Thus the decision to launch ESPN2, a network that specializes in bungee jumping, sky surfing, and beach volleyball.
Sky surfing is a radical new sport that combines skydiving, surfing and freestyle performances with a portable video camcorder.
Sky surfing's growing popularity was evidenced when the sport was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in July of 1993.
"I must admit now my fear of failing is even greater than my fear of heights now though." It hasn't held him back however as the sky surfing wonder kid from Tipton currently holds the fifth place in the World Air Games Championships held in Turkey and during 1997 he competed in the SSI Pro Tour, having won the national championships.
He says that he can jump into clouds and slash his face on the ice sheets lurking within, his ears ringing with tinnitus and his eyes bloodshot and bleeding are sore for weeks from the extreme pressure; all smalry compared with the buzz of sky surfing.
Pauline Richards, 41, is tipped to become world sky surfing champion next year.
She came second in the Sky Surfing World Cup and will be the oldest woman world champion in sport if she wins next time.
He then took up skydiving full-time in 1994 after meeting de Gayardon and being inspired by his sky surfing