VR Burning Man experience, speed through a canyon on a longboard

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From the USA TODAY NETWORK and YouTube, it’s VRtually There, a weekly adventure with three cool VR experiences.

Speed through a canyon on a longboard in VR!

Imagine you’re speeding down the winding roads of scenic Tuna Canyon in Malibu, Calif., darting downhill and around corners at speeds over 50 mph. Beautiful, right? Now imagine there’s nothing between you and a body full of broken bones save a helmet, your reflexes and the power of concentration.

That may be scary to us, but it’s a way of life for longboarders Alex Colorito, Riley Irvine and Kalil Hammouri, who thrill at the speed and freedom. Whip through the canyon with them at daring speeds without ever breaking stride. The best part? A longboard is way cheaper than a racecar.

Get creative and crazy at Burning Man in VR!

Seas of pale dust. Post-apocalyptic sportswear. Towering sculptures of flame.

It isn’t “Mad Max,” it’s Burning Man, one of the world’s largest, weirdest community gatherings of artists and creative minds.

Every year, the temporary community of up to 70,000 people pops up in inhospitable Black Rock Desert, Nevada. It’s a place for radical self-expression, inclusion, participation and community.

But it’s not just “a bunch of hippies raving in the desert,” says Kate Raudenbush, Burning Man artist and creator of its eye-popping Helios sculptures. “I think it’s the most creative place on earth,” she said.

In a place where creativity is currency, people-watching is at a premium.

Your moment of zen: Paraglide the Pacific coast in VR!

And now, for your moment of zen: paragliding peacefully hundreds of feet above the ocean along the California coast.

Get a bird’s eye view of San Diego and appreciate the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean – it covers more than 30% of the Earth’s surface and provides 84,000 miles of (often breathtaking) coastline. The jagged cliffs and wind currents of southern California are perfect for paragliding, and give you an ideal vantage point to appreciate the glory of the Pacific.

Take a breath. Take it in. And don’t forget to look around!

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Be sure to check out our premiere episode, where we launch you from an aircraft carrier and take you walking on a tightrope hundreds of feet above the bottom of an Arizona canyon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkUKHj9KBgw

See our second episode here, where we take you wing-walking on a plane and skateboarding with X Games pros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TX03Pm9nO0

Our third episode, for those of you who want the thrill of skydiving without the risk to life and limb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiVB4d6cUxQ

And our fourth episode, where we take you on a trip to a beautiful place you've probably never been: the moon. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OTl86BkPTs

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