Mira Costa High School

Freerunning: From Point A to B

Mira Costa seniors Gunner Robinson and David Lopez find their solitude in a sanctuary quite unlike anything else. Nestled away on the outskirts of the South Bay is their safe haven: an obstacle-filled building named Tempest Academy.

Tempest Academy specializes in teaching and training freerunning, which is the art of getting from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. Robinson and Lopez have developed their freerunning, or parkour, skills all throughout high school at the academy, perfecting maneuvers on foam and soft surfaces before bringing them onto the concrete and asphalt of the urban world.

Along with being an extreme form of exercise, freerunning has brought Lopez and Robinson intangible rewards: a stress-free environment that puts distance between the individuals and their academic studies, unique skills that make others envious, and a sense of camaraderie with people from all different walks of life, brought together by the obscure sport of freerunning.