Daniel Ilabaca

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Daniel Ilabaca
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Born Daniel Ilabaca
(1988-01-23) January 23, 1988 (age 26)
Moreton, England
Residence Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Occupation Freerunner, traceur
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Website
www.daniel-ilabaca.co.uk

Daniel Marcus Ilabaca (born January 23, 1988)[1] is an English Freerunner and Traceur from Moreton, England, and is a highly respected and inspiring freerunner. He along with Ryan Doyle, is the founder of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation.

He is known for his many innovative tricks, or movements which very few practitioners have ever attempted. A good example would be in 2007 when Daniel was the first to perceive and land a monkey gainer.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ilabaca was born on January 23, 1988 in Moreton, England. He has a brother, Chris Ilabaca, who often films and edits his videos. He is also a big fan of Marvel and Spider-Man.

Career[edit]

Daniel first noticed Parkour after seeing a man on the street perform a wall flip and wanted to be able to do the same. He later took up the Brazilian martial art Capoeira. After a few years of learning it, he discovered that even it had boundaries. He then took it to the streets and took up Parkour and Freerunning as a way to have no limits and to push the boundaries.[3] Ilabaca is one of the leading freerunner's and traceurs. He won first place in MTV's inaugural Ultimate Parkour Challenge. He is also one of the most watched freerunners with over 30 million YouTube views to his credit.[4]

Philosophy[edit]

Daniel likes to share his philosophies on life and movement with others. He believes Parkour is a global movement that will change the way people interact with their environment. To him all ways of being free and expressing yourself are parkour.[5] He often uses examples such as: football is parkour.[6]

Daniel also insists in the power of choices in one's training. He states that falling is the result of choosing to fall. He has said that "Thinking you’re going to fail at something gives you a higher risk of doing just that. Committing to something you’re thinking or knowing you will land gives you a higher chance of landing or completing the task."[7] He also suggests that preparing for the future is unnecessary, and that you should enjoy every moment you have.[8]

Film/TV appearances[edit]

  • Top Gear (2006)
    In episode 7 of the 8th season of Top Gear, Daniel and Kerbie took part in a challenge to race a Peugeot 207 through the busy city centre of Liverpool.[9][10] In the episode, the traceurs won.
  • Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd - Proper Education (music video, 2006)
    Daniel performed parkour, stunts and other various action moves while dressed in a school uniform which promoted the theme of saving the environment.[11] music video for the remix Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd - Proper Education[12]
  • Parkour Journeys (2006)
    Daniel featured in the Parkour Journeys DVD documentary, in a section called 'Daniel Ilabaca In Profile' which featured an interview and footage of him training.[13]
  • UEFA Champions' League Advert (advert, 2008)
    Daniel Ilabaca and Ryan Doyle were among the freerunners appearing in a commercial shown regularly on Sky Sports to promote the Champions' League, in which they performed various tricks and martial arts kicks on a computer-generated football around central London's South Bank.[15]
  • The video is set in a back alley and warehouse in London, United Kingdom. It begins with a Daniel playing a goblin, who jumps out of a dumpster, and starts dancing. His dancing takes him out of the alley and up onto the nearby rooftops, then into a theatre. The goblin begins breakdancing on the stage. He exits, jumps onto a police car, and rides it back to the dumpster, when he jumps in moments before a man walks into the alley and dumps a bag of trash into the dumpster.
  • The European Parkour Tour 2010 (2010)
    Daniel Ilabaca traveled across 4,000 miles to eight major cities to meet some of Europe’s best Freerunners. From each city, short films and interviews with the local freerunning community were made. He visited London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Copenhagen, Vienna, Milan, Barcelona and Paris – all in three weeks.
  • Misfits (2010)
    In the first series, Daniel played "Superhoodie", a recurring character who monitors and plays a guardian role outside the circle of already established characters. He is an onlooker and an outsider, with traits such as athletic ability and care being amplified since the storm in episode 1.

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