Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Boogie 2009 - Wingsuit Baton Pass

Repcool uploaded the following video:
A Wingsuit 3 way baton pass attempt with a little spin out in the mix.
Check it out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You're my hero.... now in HD!



The tiny cameras made by Go Pro are awesome. Affordable, small, relatively good quality and can be easily hidden in the girls toilets at work mounted pretty much anywhere you want.

What could make it better? Well, in this modern day HD demanding world, er, HD.

The rumblings have been there for a while, and the world has been waiting with baited breath. Well fellow 'newsies', the wait is nearly over!

Go Pro have finally released some demo footage from the Go Pro HD Hero, and it looks pretty damn impressive.

The site mentions a fall release (Autumn for those of us not in the USA), so watch this space. As soon as we know about it, you'll know about.

Just because it's a cool little gadget, and of course because it includes lots of shots of wingsuiting, check out the HD promo video in the above YouTube clip, or in better quality on the GoPro website, here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Swedes do it again!

Ludde Akeson (aka ludwig) uploaded a new video to YouTube, showing the Swedish wingsuit team in all its glory. Rodeos, formations, backflying. Highly entertaining video!

Check it out!

The Independent reviews Daredevils


Columnist Tim Walker talks about the series Daredevils in his column. The episode featuring Jeb Corliss doing wingsuit proximity flying apparently puts Jeb in a bad light, coming across as an "insensitive git".

Read the complete article here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Euro team in CH



We received this nice still-frame, as a teaser for some of the incredible wingsuit (sky)BASE stuff Martin Rosen and Robert Pecnik are currently shooting for a 3D movie on human flight.

Check it out!
Click the image for a larger version.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wings over Gransee


The competition Wings over Gransee 2009 has started and the scoreboard on the Paralog Performance Competition website has been filled with 4 rounds already; 2 time and 2 distance rounds have been completed.

The competition continues until Sunday, so keep an eye on the scoreboard as more scores are added.

FlyLikeBrick - Spingtime Flights 2006



And its one of those times again where I can abuse the wingsuitnews.com website, and upload/plug one of our own videos.

Check it out!



Go to the FlyLikeBrick.com moviepage to watch this video in streaming HD, as well as checking out our past videos (if you havent seen those already).

The Icarus Cup: France’s Free Flying Festival


A nice report on the Icarus Cup, a French yearly festival celebrating flight.
Cathy Jean-Albert (Loics wife) was also involved, doing a skyflying demo over the festival and explaining a bit on wingsuit flying to the news people.

Check it out at www.euronews.net

And edited to add another video:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Norway 2008

brendan nicholson posted the following video:
a 19-day trip to the Romsdal region of Norway during the summer of 2008 for the World Base Race
Check it out!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mountain Gravity 2009

Guillaume notified us about a new video he posted on Vimeo, showing some of the flying at the Swiss Mountain Gravity 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bispen Flybys - Round 2

Trond Teigen uploaded another great video showing some BASE flyby's at the famous Norwegian site.

Check it out!


Click here for a previous video on the same location.

V3 Hand Camera test

Brian Drake just uploaded a test for a hand-cam mount, which for sure doesnt fall under the self-loathing catagory (judging the number of cameras pointing at him;)

Check it out!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Red Bull AirForce

Some shots captured by the Red Bull Airforce, while shooting a new IMAX 3D movie on human flight.

Check it out!

Wingsuitcompetition.com updated


wingsuitcompetition.com has now been updated with scores, contest information, team profiles, photos and videos on the past International Artistic Wingsuit Competition in Terni, Italy.


Check it out here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Intl. Wingsuit Competition 2009 - The Videos


While waiting for the full competition video to make it online (in a few weeks) several teams have already started uploading their 5 rounds (4 rounds of compulsaries, 1 free round) to YouTube.

Check it out!

1st Place
Team FlyLikeBrick, The Netherlands


2nd Place
Team Les Pengouins, France

Wing Suit base jump with GPS flight details

Here is a 2 way WS base jump with a GPS on the low man. GPS data was processed with GPX2SRT to calculate flight information like glide, vertical and horizontal speed, distance.... The data was then overlaid on the video as subtitles.
GPX2SRT is a free software, developed by a base jumper, for base jumpers:
http://larve.free.fr/gpx2srt/
Check it out!

Eiger Mushroom- Sept 2009

matt frohlich just uploaded some footage on a Phantom2 flight he made from the Eiger Mushroom.

Check it out!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Daredevils - The Human Bird

A short preview for the 60 minute special on Jeb Corliss:
The incredible spectacle of proximity wingsuit flying involves wearing a state-of-the-art Teflon winged suit, jumping off a cliff edge thousands of feet up and flying terrifyingly close to some of the worlds most dangerous mountain faces before deploying a parachute at the very last second. Its the closest man has ever come to the age old dream of flight but it is fraught with danger. Impact is fatal.

Among the proximity wingsuit flying community, one man has become notorious. Jeb Corliss has a self-confessed death wish. As a young boy he was diagnosed with counterphobia: a pathological desire to confront fear. As someone who used to suffer from suicidal tendencies, Jeb found that the thrill he gets from leaping from the worlds highest buildings and mountains was the only way to free himself from his depressive moods. Through death I found my life.

This extraordinary and visually stunning film follows Jeb on his quest to fly within 5 feet, down the side of the worlds most dangerous mountains the Matterhorn in Switzerland. But his journey is far from straightforward. Arrested for attempting to BASE jump the Empire State Building, Jeb could be facing a year in prison
Check it out!



Click here for another video preview

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Swizz the Shizz

Some sweet Swiss flights in, over and across the valley.

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

1st 2 Wingsuit Jumps 2006

Darren just uploaded a few videos from his archive. Remembering his first 2 wingsuit jumps made in the summer of 2006 in Belgium. Caught on tape by Costyn van Dongen and yours truly..;)

Check it out!

Heli trip to Lauterbrunnen and Eiger

Gert Michiels posted a new video on the Heli trip to Lauterbrunnen and Eiger, and subsequent flight.

Check it out!

Mountain Gravity 2009 - Wingsuit edition

Gert Michiels posted this nice compilation video on the recent Mountain Gravity boogie in Swiss.

Check it out!

DnB NORD wingsuit team

The DnB NORD wingsuit team posted a new compilaion video on Vimeo.

Check it out!



Also check out this local TV item on their website.

Wingsuit Solo at Skydive New Mexico

JC Brown posted a short POV video on a wingsuitjump made at Skydive New Mexico.

Check it out!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jeb Corliss - Heading for a fall



A short article on Jeb Corliss and the recent UK TV item posted earlier.

Check it out here.

In Memoriam: Eli Thompson

Several news articles and videos remembering Eli Thompson, who died tragicly two weeks ago while proximity flying his wingsuit in the Swiss mountains.

See the news article and video on www.pe.com
and this tribute put together by fellow wingsuit flyers on Vimeo.



Various mentions in the news and online
Blue Skies Magazine

Daredevil Jeb Corliss

From Dropzone.com came this short item on daredevil Jeb Corliss.

Check it out here
Note: Sadly unavailable in some countries/regions.
Daredevils

A brand new series of visually stunning films which asks what compels some people to risk their lives and push themselves to the physical and mental limits of human capability.

Each film follows one Daredevil in a quest to fulfil a personal dream: to cross one of the world’s highest canyons, hundreds of feet above the ground on an inch-wide rope without a safety harness; to run a marathon 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, barefooted and wearing only a pair of shorts; to fly down the face of the Matterhorn in a winged Teflon suit only ten feet away from the surface; and to take a home-made flying car on an odyssey from London to Timbuktu, driving across Europe and flying across sea and desert.

The extraordinary scenes of bravery and athleticism prompt the question: why do these characters push themselves further than anyone else on the planet.

Divorce, arrests, wealth, crashes, fame and frostbite – the personal stories of the Daredevils are as intense as the activities that they endanger their lives for.

Daredevils - The Human Bird

The first film, The Human Bird , follows daredevil Jeb Corliss as he aims to fly down the Matterhorn in Switzerland in a winged suit, within five feet of the jagged cliff face.

Proximity-wingsuit flying involves donning a state-of-the-art winged suit, jumping out of a helicopter or off a cliff side thousands of feet up, and flying terrifyingly close to some of the world's most dangerous mountain faces, before pulling a parachute at the very last minute. It is the closest man has ever got to realising the dream of flight; and it is extremely dangerous. Jeb Corliss has a self-confessed death wish. As a young boy he was diagnosed with counterphobia: 'a pathological desire to confront fear'.

Jeb, who always wears black, has found that the thrill he gets from leaping from the world's highest buildings and mountains is the only way to free himself from his dark moods and suicidal tendencies: 'Through death, I found my life.' But his Matterhorn dare proves far from straightforward. Arrested for attempting to base-jump off the Empire State Building, Jeb could be facing a year in prison.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

WingsuitCompetition.com - competition day 1 and 2


11 Sept 2009, 17:25 - Terni Italy
by Jarno Cordia

Friday started early, with everyone showing up at 9:00 in the morning for the first stretching (yes! people where actually observed doing things that make this look like sport). The first load went up at 9:15, with jumpers ready to go head to head for round one, two and so on.
The French showed some amazing flying from the first jump. Smooth controlled flying, barely visable inputs, and smooth docks.
The TonySuits factory team is also doing well. Activly flying for the docks, but making them just a tad slower than the French and Dutch teams.

Most of the Italian teams start their competition jumps on saterday. So their scores will be appearing on http://wingsuitcompetition.com/scores/ within the next few hours.
Several teams have already finished the competition, and its just waiting for Chief judge James Boole to upload the final figures.

So far the flying has been more than impressive on all teams, and the event video will definately be worth watching. Especialy the 5th (free) round has many people exited, and experimenting heavily with funky flying moves.

More news soon!


A more detailed breakdown of the scores:

FlyLikeBrick - Round 1
Docks: 13
Video: 8
Style: 8
Round Total: 29

TonySuits Factory Team - Round 1
Docks:10
Video:7
Style:6
Round Total: 23

Les Pingouins - Round 1
Docks:10
Video:6
Style:8
Round Total: 24

FlyLikeBrick - Round 2
Exit only 10.000 ft due to holding
Docks: 6
Video: 8
Style: 8
Round Total: 22

TonySuits Factory Team - Round 2
Exit only 10.000 ft due to holding
Docks:5
Video:7
Style:6
Round Total: 18

Les Pingouins - Round 2
Exit only 10.000 ft due to holding
Docks:4
Video:8
Style:8
Round Total: 20

Jeb Corliss - Wingsuit Pilot

A short docu subject on Jeb Corliss.

Check it out!

Friday, September 11, 2009

4 Norway Passes

Winthorp Heffelfinger III posted a video showing 4 nice proximity passes allong cliffs in Norway.

Check it out!

TheNylonMafia - Couchfreaks

And a nice 3 video post on the Couchfreaks boogie 2009.

Check it out!





World BASE Race 2009 - DVD teaser

Pål Koxvig uploaded the following video.
Filmed on location in Innfjorden, Norway - 13. - 15. august 2009. High definition production by WBR Media. WBR Media is the official World BASE Race film crew.
DVD release in February 2010 on worldbaserace.com

Music by Philter, FreePlay and Revostock.
Check it out!

WingsuitCompetition.com - Training day


10 Sept 2009, 23:55 - Terni Italy
by Jarno Cordia
After a long drive, and starting the day by leaving the keys in the car after closing it (sorry about breaking your window Alex!) the different teams started dripping in.
Around 15:00 the pilot arrived, and the Caravan was fired up. The Italian team (actually 'a' Italian team, as we will have 4 local teams!) and team USA (TonySuits) and team Holland (FlyLikeBrick) got a few practice jumps in.
Just before the last load, team France (Les Pinguins) arrived, and they also tried a last training round, before all the competition mayhem unfolds tomorrow morning!

Though 3 of the Italian teams wont arrive till saterday morning, the teams currently at the DZ will start the competition on load 1 this friday.

As mentioned before, the scores will be updated/added live on http://www.wingsuitcompetition.com/scores/.

Points for each round will be awared as follows:

Docks + Flying-style (1>10 score) + camerawork (1>10 score) = Round total

Expect another update tomorrow!

Note:
The video updates will be a tad slower these following 2 to 3 days, but you will get frequent competition updates in return! And of course, a big 'catching up' video-update as soon as the competition finishes!

Cheers from Italy,
Jarno

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rodeo Madness

Justin Shorb from FlockUniversity just posted a short video called Rodeo Madness.
Rodeo passenger transfer attempts over a few boogies. With a successful transfer..............some luck involved but a very cool skydive.

Rodeo pilot: Purple Mike
Passenger: Crystal Lotz
Transfer Pilot: Justin Shorb

Enjoy
Check it out!

Rodeo Madness from

Media coverage of record jump at World Base Race


A well written article on the website of Deseret News talks about the impromptu 49-way jump. It goes on to cover participant Neil Amonson and his BASE experiences.

Read the article here.

On a side note, sorry we've been kinda quiet lately. I'm on vacation and Jarno is busy preparing for the Wingsuit Competition we're organzing in Terni, Italy. We'll post news and updates about that as it happens.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Eli Thompson 1973 - 2009


Sad news went through the community the past weekend.

Eli Thompson sadly is no longer among us, as he suffered fatal injuries due to an accident that occurred while working on a special wingsuit BASE shoot for a new 3D movie with the RedBull AirForce.

Eli Thompson is concidered one of the grandfathers of freefly, who helped push the sport and dicipline to the great heights it has reached today.
He was also a host and stuntman for many movies and TV shows and subject of several documantary videos/DVDs.

From the RedBull Airforce website:
It absolutely devastates us to have to write that earlier today in Lautterbrunnen, Switzerland, our brother Eli passed away. Words will never be able to sum up any person’s life and the effect that they had on the world. This is especially true when speaking of Eli.

The smallest guy on the team had the biggest presence in any room or any airplane. Eli’s story is one of love and innovation. He fell in love with flying at the age of 19. From his first jump he was hooked. It was that love that pushed him to innovate in the sport. As one of the pioneers of freeflying he changed the perception of what it meant to be a skydiver. His ideas and his vision made him part of skydiving history and earned him multiple World Championships and World Records.
Most impressive was his love and dedication to his family. There is no doubt that his wife and two beautiful daughters were his first priority. You could see the smile on his face, over the phone, when he announced that he and Sarah were expecting a little boy. His eyes would light up whenever they were around or whenever he could brag about them. Eli was a textbook example of a loving husband and a perfect father.
His love for life was infectious making each minute pure magic. Eli’s passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts and our lives. He was and always will be the man. Thank you for all the good times man. We love you.


A special memorial website has been created for Eli, to help raise funds for Eli’s family.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wingsuits in Norway

And this morning gave us some nice video, showing Wingsuits in Norway from MikeSteen.com.

Check it out!

BASE guidelines (video tutorial)

A cool (and funny) video called 'BASE Guidelines' popped up on YouTube today, courtesy of team Ill Vision and UK jumper 'BlackRigs'

Shadow..

Neil posted a short video on his shadow, showing on a cloud as a breezes through.

Check it out!

A week-end with the Jalapenos

And the Frenchies Swiss had a good weekend!

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

World Base Race 2009 Qualification Run

neil amonson posted a new video on Vimeo.
My qualification run during the World Base Race in Norway. The actual competition started the next day. This jump was to get a time from each jumper so everyone would be properly seeded during the real races. As you can see, weather was an issue and many jumpers ended up getting rained on in all their gear, during free fall, and while landing. Although, the fog does make for a nice effect while flying, don't you think ;-)

After 4 rounds, I ended up in 4th place from an international field of 35 competitors, also making me the "Fastest Flying American". Hell yea!
Check it out!

Litlhowanian News Article

The Lithowanian news-website 15min.lt just posted a nice article on wingsuit(base) flying.

Check it out here.
Click here for the google translated version.

The man who said no to gravity

Some brief moments of wingsuit flying in this cool commercial for Becks Beer.

Check it out!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wingsuit Balloon Flyby

A cool video of a wingsuit flyby past a balloon taking of.

Check it out!

Rodeo time!

A nice collection of Rodeo videos popped up on YouTube today!

Check em out!