Loopity loops with Zak Tessier

Watching this video made wish for armrests on my office chair, or something to grab on for support.
I didn’t even know this kind of stuff was an option in a wingsuit BASE jump, but Zak pulls it off. This kind of stuff likely takes a special kind of crazy, but also more than a healthy bit of talent, planning, currency, skills and balls. Balls of considerable size and steel.

In this video Zak is flying the Squirrel Aura. A little bit about the suit from the Squirrel website:

auraThe Aura has rapidly become the most popular wingsuit amongst the world’s leading BASE jumpers. In the past year, more new exits and lines of flight have been opened with the Aura than with any other suit. For 2014, the AURA is the optimum choice for serious wingsuit BASE jumpers.  wingsuit BASE jumpers.

  • Shortest Start
  • Cleanest Pull
  • Widest stable glide and speed range
  • Best glide performance

The Aura offers the best balance of high performance glide and agility that we have ever experienced. Our mission for the Aura was to create a suit that satisfies the needs of the most demanding wingsuit BASE pilots in the world – jumpers who are pushing the limits of short starts and long glides at new cliffs all over the world, from the French Alps to the American Southwest.
After a lengthy development process and extensive testing by Squirrel and our Team Pilots over the past two years, we are happy to say that the result is even better than we’d hoped; not only is this a suit which is undeniably at the top of its class in terms of glide, but it has also retained an incredible level of agility and stability through a wide range of speeds.

The Aura is a highly versatile, high performance wingsuit, with the ability to dive down to steep lines or reach the most distant landing areas. In 2014, the Aura remains the number one choice of expert wingsuit BASE jumpers around the world. Scroll down on this page to learn more about the suit’s design.

BSBD Ramón Rojas

BSBDcrop smChilean BASE jumper Ramón Rojas died Saturday September 20th, 2014 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Ramón was a part of a 2-way wingsuit BASE jump. Initial reports suggest that he ended up too low and was not able to fly to a clear area or  deploy his canopy in time. The level of difficulty both in regards to exit and flight is reported to have been well within his skill level. He had done the same jump previously with ample clearance.
Proximity flying is an unforgiving sport and even the slightest error can result in death.

Ramón was a highly experienced and well respected BASE jumper. We send our sympathies to his family and friends around the world.  A Facebook Memorial Group has been set up where you can view and share memories of Ramón.

The incident remains under investigation.

News Reports: Mirror.co.uk, Dailymail.co.uk


Dallas BASE Crew: LIVN 3

It’s looking like a stormy day for  much of the nation, complete with icy roads, high winds and a bunch of that white, fluffy stuff.  Brrrr.

We won’t be shoveling snow in DeLand, but the weatherman apparently has some thunderstorms headed our way. Since we all have to huddle indoors, we might as well watch some bad-ass videos. Here is a good start: LIVN 3, a film by Brad Perkins of Dallas BASE Crew hanging out with Luke Hively. Those kids are either outside playing or inside making awesome videos – we dig.

BSBD Viktor Kovats

BSBD, Viktor Kovats. Photo by kontizasdimitrios@gmail.com

BSBD, Viktor Kovats. Photo by kontizasdimitrios@gmail.com

Hungarian wingsuit BASE jumper Viktor Kovats died yesterday in China after hitting the mountain on his first qualifying run for the Red Bull World Wingsuit League Grand Prix Finals. Search and rescue teams located Kovats’ body in mountainous, tree-covered terrain several hours after the initial accident. Kovats was an experienced jumper and an avid wingsuit flyer. The exact cause of the incident is not known; news reports cite a gust of wind or technical errors as possible factors.

This incident, the last in a long string of proximity fatalities of late, is prompting a strong response and discussion in the proximity-flying community. On their Facebook page, the World Wingsuit League (WWL) states that they will conduct a thorough review of the events leading up to this accident and adopt appropriate changes for future competition.

The ProBASE World Cup has also brought attention to the topic on their Facebook page by raising the issue of safety, urging organizers to take a look at procedures at high profile events. ProBASE suggest look ing at items like mandatory rescue helicopters, professional rescue teams and other safety measures in place to be implemented at all professional wingsuiting events. Visit the ProBASE World Cup Facebook page to join the discussion.

News reports: Seven News (Australia), Daily Mail (UK), Daily Motion (UK – video) 

GroWings, Episode 3: training with Alexander Polli at Brento

Episode 3 (of 6) in the GroWings series has just been released.

growings3GroWings is a six-episode web series which follows wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones over the summer, traveling and training throughout the mountains of Europe to prepare himself to reach his goal of flying the more technical and advanced terrain of Brévent in Chamonix, France. We welcome you to an insight into the amazing community and lifestyle of BASE jumpers and wingsuit flyers.

In this episode, we follow Nate to Monte Brento, and watch as he trains with Alexander Polli and other friends.  He starts to learn to fly his suit with more speed and aggression and slowly edges closer and closer to terrain.

Episode 2 can be found here.
Thanks to EpicTV for sharing.