Yahoo! Skysurf Team
 2000 X-Games
Gold Medal Winner! 

     08/13/00 - From round one of the 2000 X-Games it was clear that the Yahoo! Skysurfers had come to the games with one thing in mind...the coveted X-Games Gold Medal.  Right from the start skysurfer Stefan Klaus and camera flyer Brian Rogers wowed the crowd and their fellow competitors with an assortment of 120+ mph freefall aerial acrobatics.  Competing against the top ten teams in the world, and perhaps the best collection of competitors the sport has ever seen, the Yahoo! Skysurfers jumped out to the lead after round one and never looked back.  Though the competition stiffened round by round, Team Yahoo! lead from start to dramatic finish.  Going into the final jump Klaus and Rogers lead by only 13 pts. over Team Moscow who was hoping for a last minute upset.  With their X-Games fate in their own hands Klaus and Rogers rose to the occasion in their final jump of the competition - posting their best score of the entire competition when they needed it most.  Click on any of the pics below for a full-sized view.
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Team Yahoo!

interviews begin before the chute hits the ground!

Brian Rogers - dropping in

Stefan, with ESPN Brazil

backstage at the X-Games

post jump interviews from the landing zone

Stefan and Brian celebrating at the X GamesStefan, Brain and $12,000!

     1999 was a great year for Team Yahoo! skysurfers Stefan Klaus and Brian Rogers.  They opened the season with a victory at the '99 SSi Open in Titusville, Florida and became the #1 ranked team in the world! - that led to a spot in Sports Illustrated for Stefan recognizing him as a "master of the plank".  A few months later at the 1999 X-Games, in one of the closest skysurfing competitions in history, they captured the silver medal (last year these guys were only an "alternate team" at the X-Games).  They went on to a second place finish at the Swiss National Championships (Stefan is Swiss).  They ended the season with a fourth place finish at the World Championships - though the consensus among their competitors was that the judges simply weren't ready for some never-before-seen moves the team unveiled.  The team is now based at the Perris Valley Skydive Center in California. 
Who is the..

Stefan Klaus
total jumps: 3200
skysurf jumps: 2400

Home:  Zuckenreit, Switzerland
Age: 26
Ht./Wt.: 6"2" /  175lbs.
First Jump: 1/13/96


Brian Rogers*
total jumps: 8400
camera jumps: 7600

Home: here, there, mostly the air
Age: 28
Ht./Wt.: 6"3"/165lbs.
First Jump: 1990


Competition Highlights:

2000 ESPN X-Games - Gold Medal
1999 ESPN X-Games - Silver Medal
1999 SSi Open Champions
1998 US National Champions
1998 ESPN Extreme Games - 4th 
1997 World Air Games - 2nd
*1996 & '94 US Nationals Best Camera Award

Click above to read about Stefan in SI

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