The Spanish team known as the Bad Boys (Paula Silva, Miki Pérez and Daniel Hernán-Perez) are taking wingsuit acrobatics into the world of BASE jumping. Although some people have been flirting with aerial wingsuit manoeuvres before these pilots are turning it onto an art form. It’s hardcore too, flying a wingsuit on your back with the ground close by takes a lot of nerve, not to mention skill and judgement too.
The only way you can tell how high up you are is by counting freefall time, and occasional nods and wide eyes by the person you’re flying with. There is some serious teamwork and trust involved here. Add to the mix that it’s easy to loose altitude when doing a roll into your back, I think what they are doing is hugely impressive. No time for mistakes and you better know your ability too. Unlike many of the wingsuit video’s that are being released at the moment by the likes of Team Need For Speed, Jokke Sommer and the World Wingsuit League, the wingsuits being used for acrobatics are subtly different in their design. The Bad Boys are using a new acrobatic suit called the ‘Shadow’. Spot the difference…
The Vampire 4 has been designed for pilots who want the maximum proximity flying performance. Precise, agile control and high forward speed have made the Vampire the weapon of choice for experienced wingsuit BASE jumpers and serious wingsuit skydivers. It has inflatable leg and arm wings with a very large surface area.
The Acro the new Shadow 2 offers limitless new opportunities for pilots interested in acrobatics, wing suit relative work, freestyle flying and B.A.S.E. The arm and leg wings are much smaller and more symmetrical allowing quicker transitions between front and back flying.
These videos could be the start of a whole new genre of wingsuit BASE. I love the way this sport is developing!
If you want to learn how to do this get in touch with these guys through their flight school