Father’s day is fast approaching, and as a celebration of all things paternal – and all things extreme – we thought we’d compile a list of some of the most well known extreme dads in the world. Having a fearless father might not be a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s got to be pretty interesting. And it’s definitely very cool. Here are our top extreme dads…
This man has crossed the frozen North Atlantic Ocean – unassisted – in an open RIB boat. He hosted a dinner party at 24,500 feet at a table suspended below a hot air balloon (complete with a nice after-dinner skydive). He was the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Everest, which he later climbed again and para-motored over. He is an accomplished survivalist and has eaten things, and survived in situations, the likes of which none of us could even imagine. He’s a dedicated supporter of, and fundraiser for, Children’s charity ‘Global Angels’. But above all, he is a devoted family man, with three sons that mean the world to him – so much so that he wrote a book for them (and sons everywhere) entitled “To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life”. Ahhh.
We can’t – nay, won’t – mention extreme dads without a serious nod to the late and very great Mr. Knievel. Evel Knievel was probably as close to a superhero as a Dad can be – a 1970’s daredevil in an all-American white, red and blue leather jumpsuit, taking on the most ridiculously outlandish challenges imaginable, on a fat Harley Davidson. Ok, I’m sure being one of Evel’s kids involved quite a bit of worrying, but there’s got to have been a fair amount of props involved too. Imagine…
“Hey, what does your father do?”
“He’s Evel Knievel”
Here’s Evel Knievel’s son Kelly talking about his dad.
If there is one father in the world that will make his children’s friends (and their dads) envious, it’s got to be Tony Hawk. He is an author, has his own video game (which he stars in), has an unbelievably successful career as a pro-skater, and is an absolute legend in the eyes of skaters and extreme sports fans everywhere. Plus, he was invited to, and skated through the Whitehouse after being invited there by Obama for a Father’s Day celebration. YES. Here’s an interview with the Bird Man about being an extreme dad…
Joel Parkinson is, quite possibly, the coolest dad on the planet. He is an incredibly skilled pro-surfer, who makes bags of money doing exactly what he would do even if he wasn’t getting paid to do it! He married a lady who he first dated when he was 16 years old. He has two little girls and a boy, and according to his website, one of the long-held goals of this world champion surfer (who has travelled all over the globe riding some of the most serious waves imaginable) is to one day drop daughter Evie at school by “paddling her across the river on his paddleboard”. Good work, Parko.
And then, there’s this guy….
Desmond Hatchett, of Knoxville Tennessee, may not surf, skate or snowboard, but he is definitely worthy of inclusion in our top 5 extreme dads. At the tender age of 33, the virile young gentleman has fathered 30 offspring, with the oldest being 14. That’s 30 children over 14 years. There were two seperate years in which he fathered 4 children, leaving 12 years where he took it relatively easy – keeping to an average of almost 2 children a year. Having gone to court to plead for help with his child support, his story has hit headlines all over the world. Reading that some of the 11 mothers of his children are receiving less than $2 a month in child support, we can’t help but think this is less ‘extreme dad’, more ‘extreme fathering’ and definitely ‘extremely ill-thought-out’!