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The Rise of Superman Trailer

New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler has put together a new book, The Rise of Superman, chronicling the drive behind major action sports athletes like big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, skater Danny Way, and big mountain snowboarders Travis Rice and Jeremy Jones. In this short trailer, unveiled today, legendary action sports cinematographer Dirk Collins, gives readers a taste of what they can expect from the book, which hits book stores March 4, 2014, and is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Over the next four months, the production team will continue to release videos highlighting the athletes and the science behind their sports progression.


PRESS RELEASE – NOVEMBER 22, 2013 – Shane McConkey pioneers ski BASE jumping; Danny Way jumps the Great Wall of China on a skateboard; Laird Hamilton and Ian Walsh surf waves previously thought impossible; Travis Rice and Jeremy Jones charge Alaskan spines at super‐human speeds. Over the past three decades, skiers, snowboarders, surfers and other action sports athletes have pushed human performance farther and faster than at any other point in the 150,000‐year history of our species. How did they do it? In a word, “flow.” Flow is the source code of ultimate human performance. It is a rare and radical state of consciousness where action and awareness merge, self vanishes, time slows down, and major aspects of physical and mental performance skyrocket.

The upcoming book by New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler, The Rise of Superman, examines the exponential growth of human performance in action sports, and documents many of the astounding athletes who use flow to push the limits of their sport, including Shane McConkey JT Holmes, Danny Way, Laird Hamilton, Jimmy Chin, Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice and more. The book is available starting March 4, 2014, and readers can pre‐order it now at

Over the next four months, the Rise of Superman team will release exclusive content about flow and a series of videos featuring the athletes and scientists behind the book, edited by legendary action‐sports cinematographer Dirk Collins.

For more information, visit the website at Interviews with the author are available.

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STEVEN KOTLER is a New York Times bestselling author and award‐winning journalist. His books include the non‐fiction works “Abundance,” “A Small Furry Prayer” and “West of Jesus” and the novel “The Angle Quickest for Flight.” His articles have appeared in over 60 publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, GQ, ESPN, National Geographic, Popular Science, Discover and the Los Angeles Times. He also writes the Far Frontiers blog for He is the cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, an organization dedicated to the science of ultimate human performance, and the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary.