Red Bull Aces Wingsuit Race

RebbullacesexitI had the oportunity to go to this bad ass race that Red Bull put on July 15-17.  These guys must have spent Millions on this event.  It was the first of its kind, with hopes of many more.  This was a trial run to see if it worked, and holy shit did it ever!  They had five choppers in the air at the same time.  Four of them were dangling the 100ft gates underneath.  This created a downhill, sloping slalom course.  The other chopper had the most amazing camera that followed us and got the illest shots you have prolly every seen.  cha ching!!!  The jumpers in the race jumped out four at a time from a sky van, which is a tailgate aircraft.  The exit was key, and it was easy to get spun around and lose sight of the helicopters.  After exit we would dive down to the first gate, zipping by the helicopters, then on to the second, third and fourth.  The fourth one was my favorite because we immediately carved around the gate to head back over the landing area.  There was some serious competition.  It was 52 of some of the best (though not all) wingsuiters on the planet.  I really don’t get to wingsuit as much as these guys but i had been doing some fun training in Italy and down in Oceanside, CA before the race.  I don’t have a wing suit at the moment so i had to borrow a Vampire Race from my good friend Jarno Cordia in Holland.  He is about 3-4 inches taller than me so I had to modify it to fit.  I couldn’t get tension in the suit, so i cut up a couple pair of sandals and taped them to the bottom of the booties to make me taller.  Turned out pretty well because I ended up finishing in the Top 16 and won a 1,000 dollar cash prize,  aughhhh jeyuhhhh!  Cha ching again!  So thanks to Jarno for the suit.  Thanks Ian Slanders for letting me use that sky rig with the cypress.  I was freaking out about not having a rig with an auto opener.  Thanks Douggs for getting me in the race.  All Aces in my book!  Thanks erryone that was there, i had such a great time, too many to thank!  Thanks Red Bull and Luke Aikins for putting on that massive production HOLY SHIGHT!!!  Here is a video link below so you can get a taste of the Aces.  #redbullaces

See Episode 1 of the Aces Race here.

Red Bull Aces Wingsuit Video