Always bring a shotgun when flying your lawn chairSeptember 6, 2018 5:53 pm
Erik Roner reminds us to always bring a shotgun on a balloon ride. In this video he floats 8,000 vertical feet in a lawn chair, while attached to 90 helium-filled weather balloons. The balloons begin popping almost as soon as he reaches 5,000 feet. Next, the shotgun refuses to fire. This video gets a little scary as it appears as though he hasn’t thought out the plan entirely, but he has…
…Now where did that shotgun land?
All joking aside, Erik Roner, was an accomplished extreme sports star who was probably best known for his role on MTV’s “Nitro Circus,”. He died not long after filming the balloon video while at a separate skydiving event. Placer County Sheriff’s Capt. said Roner died during a skydiving accident at a golf course in Squaw Valley, California, about five miles from Lake Tahoe’s northwest shore. Roner had lived in Tahoe City, California.
Roner, who was only 39 years old, was part of a group conducting a skydiving performance for a golf event, when witnesses reported he hit a tree while trying to land and became stuck high up. Authorities were not immediately able to remove him from the tree, and Roner was pronounced dead at the scene. Here is a news report covering the story.
A Tribute to Erik Roner
Motorsport legend and Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana talks about losing one of his best friends, and the legacy Erik Roner left to wife, kids, and action sports family, “a legacy of love and living life to the fullest.”