Insane Superhuman French People


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The land of frog legs and baguettes has produced, in recent years and unbeknowst to most, some of the worlds most mind-numbing acrobats. I found the above video last night and had to share it. Two questions:

What the hell are kids eating in France?

[Postscript: readers have noted in the comments that this first video was actually in Mexico, though some also claim Brazil.]

If you could have the physical capabilities of any athlete in the world, who would you choose?

I might opt for another French lad named Junior. I used to breakdance (at about 1:40 of this video), but he is superhuman. The clip below is from the Red Bull BC One competition of 2004. Be sure to watch the whole thing or jump to 2:40 — you won’t believe the move in the last five seconds…

For someone who can beat him, the ultimate freak of nature and the best in the world, see another Frenchman named Lilou at 23:30:

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Posted on: February 9, 2008.

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81 comments on “Insane Superhuman French People

  1. WTF? I’m going to choose to ignore what I saw.

    I live in Aptos, Ca (Santa Cruz). and we have an unusual amount of the top (freeride) mountain bikers in the world in our town. I mean, I thought we were obsessive growing up riding bikes, pushing each other, but this just makes us look silly. Then again, I’ve always thought girls gymnastics made us look dumb.


  2. Tim,

    The street soccer is unheard of! The second video is a popular one, his real name is Scott Willis.

    If you want to see another freakish breakdance video, one that will blow your mind, watch David Elsewhere in this video here,
    It is unbelievable, he is the second guy in the video. Blow your MIND!!! You can search his name on youtube for many crazy videos.

    Thanks Tim


  3. Hey Tim, great videos. Thanks for sharing. If you like those, have you seen “parkour” which came out of France?? It’s been used in James Bond and one of the Bourne movies–sort of urban climbing/jumping/acrobatics. Great stuff…


  4. Parkour is unreal. My favorite move in the initial Casino Royale chase scene is the dive head-first over the 10-15-foot table. Incredible.

    Still, I can’t figure out the diagonal flip in this first video where the kid catches the ball on his instep and lands in a dribble. WTF? What happens when you mess that up?




  5. Tim… I *love* this stuff. I’m sure you’ve heard of Sepak Takraw… the first vid reminded me of that, but those flip soccer kicks were sick like I’ve never seen before.

    I’ve wasted many an hour in front of YouTube watching ‘urban ninja’ stuff, like this dude:

    I really wish I would have devoted some time to training my body to do just a fraction of this stuff. But I’m 32 now. I’ve still got the frame, but definitely not the strength. I had a 23″ vertical leap in junior high. In college, at 5’10” could *nearly* slam the basket ball. But no longer.


  6. Although I’d like the football (soccer) guys to be French, I suspect they’re really from Brazil or some South American countries.

    All the videos are really amazing!


  7. Hi Tim,
    The first video is actually CG. The Ambassadors VFX, based in the Netherlands are responsible for this viral. More info available on Motionographer:

    The Ambassadors:

    By the way… love your blog and the book.
    Cheers from London.


    Wow! Thanks for this, Rehan. CG is really blurring the lines of reality and Spiderman-like effects. Scary, really.

    In that case, my vote for most ridiculous human acrobatics go to Junior and the rest of the next-gen bboying world. Well beyond most Olympic gymnasts. I’d like to see Thomas Flare (sp?) do flares on his elbows.

    Thanks, Rehan,



  8. What happens when you mess up kicking a ball off the top of someone’s head? :S

    The first video was my fav, really awesome.

    No disrespect but regarding Lilou – it may have been my jerky internet but that guy could be part of a “Breakdancing is Uncool” video. His moves were ok but the way he moved his body, didn’t like it. Breakdancing’s also about style.


    Hi Melencio,

    Agreed on the style, footwork, etc. I actually like “Freddie” in than same video more, but the “best in the world” in this case is just winning the BC One.

    Good call,



  9. NB. Re: Lilou again, best in the world?? It must be my jerky internet… :S

    Junior has insane power through his arms.

    Oh and re: your breakdancing, nice. I was waiting for you to break something out, jerky internet but I think I saw an air flair? (sp.?) Nice.


  10. Incredible videos, thanks.

    The first video definitely isn’t from France, I know I’ve been living there for 30 years now.

    It looks more like South America.


    That would have been my vote, too, but the .fr threw me off, as it did the people who attributed it where I initially found it. Bonus points for anyone who can find the real location. The writing on the wall seemed either Spanish or Portuguese, and given the popularity of capoeira in Brazil, I would vote Brazil, probably Rio or Sao Paolo.

    Brazilians are right up there with the French. Check out the semi-finals in the BC One video below for proof.



  11. Ok,

    Tim, What did I win? The commercial was filmed by FIFA on the rooftops in Mexico. Let me know if you want the hyperlink with this information. Do i get a trip around the world? …. Actually I would trade that in for the one thing that is stumping me over and over again the last 6 months. I have squeezed my brain for ideas on a product. I don’t like any of my ideas and am trying to find a product. I looked at my target market that I belong to: 26 year old guys who workout and read??? See what I mean…


    Jose Castro-Frenzel


    Hi Jose,

    No roundtrip this time, I’m afraid! Getting “bonus points” in this case was just used in the common idiomatic sense of gets my respect, etc. Don’t worry, though — there will be some great competitions coming up soon.

    Thanks for contributing to the discussion! I remember these things like an elephant :)



  12. Cool Videos,

    How do you come across all these cool things so often? That was a good location for that FIFA commercial to be filmed at: Mexico.