Just made it home from the biggest wingsuiting event in the world, the WWL. The event was full of its ups and downs. Sadly, we lost our good friend Vick on a practice round the first day. He was a great guy with amazing energy and a huge heart. He is going to be horribly missed in the BASE community. But we knew that he would want us to continue with the event, so after taking a day off to mourn his loss we got back on the horse and continued the event.
The course consists of one sharp left hand turn, and then finishing under the cable car as our finishing line. After that, we had a minimum of 30 seconds canopy time before landing on the curvy road. We had many days of practice jumps to dial in the fastest line and technique of making an efficient turn. In addition to the practice jumps, we also attended some dinner parties including an authentic North Korean restaurant with a North Korean performance, and an amazing show at the outdoor theater at the mountain where we jump. After a few days of practice and entertainment it was the qualification day.
We each did 2 jumps and took our best time from these jump to determine who was going to the final top 8. Unfortunately I did not make it to the top 8. But it was very exciting to watch the finalist from the mid point where all the news cameras were set up. We were able to watch our friends jump and also see them live on TV at the same time, it was quite interesting :) For the final round they also made 2 jumps and took their best time. Huge congratulations to the top 3:
Finishing First: Jonathan Florez from Columbia
Finishing Second: Noah Bahnson from the USA
Finishing Third: Vincent Descols from France
All in all it was a great event with great people in a beautiful place. I couldn't be happier :)
Check out some of the coverage the event got in the US on NBC: