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The World's Fastest Flying Human Being

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, July 21, 2012

Credit: By Einder Engdall
WorldBase Race 2011

Two athletes stand next to each other on wooden platforms waiting for the signal to begin the race.

They have a good reason if they seem somewhat nervous -- they are at the start of a 1300 meter "race" down the side of a mountain-cliff.

The competition is the World BASE Race, and the title that these athletes compete for is 'The World's Fastest Flying Human Being'.

Competitors race each other to the bottom of the cliff, across the "finish line" using only a wingsuit, gravity and once across the finish line deploy their parachutes to land safely. A mistake in this race has consequences that are far more severe than a sprained ankle.



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By Angie Alaniz on July 21, 2012 at 09:18 pm

What an amazing feeling they must experience while flying like that.

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By taking off the mask on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm

omg terrifying.. yet probably an amazing experience

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By Barbara MacDonald on August 13, 2012 at 06:14 pm

LOL...I would define this as insane myself...adventure is wonderful, but this seems more like a "death wish" to me....no thank you..human beings constantly amaze me...it does make life interesting...think I will leave this to the "Evel Knievels" of this world. Interesting article Tony.

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By Uttam Gill on August 14, 2012 at 04:13 am

Worth Trying...Yahoooooooooooooooooo...I am coming...Life without thrill is nothing

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