EXTREME in-line skating champion Taig Khris set a new world freefall record of 12.5 metres in France when he launched himself off the Eiffel Tower onto a ramp.

Thousands of people turned out to see a skater dive from the first floor of the Eiffel tower into a huge quarter pipe.

Taig Khris, an X-Games champion, launched himself into a 12-metre drop and landed on a 30-metre high ramp.

At the bottom, a giant airbag was there to stop him. On the first attempt, Khris fell on a failed landing, but he chose to try his luck again.

On his second attempt, Khris jumped flawlessly and crowds were cheering as he set a new world record for the highest jump on roller skates ever to take place.

Dropping from the first floor of the Tower about 40 metres above ground onto a quarterpipe overnight, Frenchman Khris ended his run in a giant airbag.

"I've never had such a strong adrenaline rush," he said after the vertiginous jump, in which he beat the 8.53-metre record set by American Danny Way.

He said he made the jump "to give people the desire to reach beyond their limits, to follow their passions, their dreams".

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