“A new sport evolves as the World Wingsuit League begins”
Wingsuit flying is little more than a decade old, but thespectacular nature of the endeavour has been brought together in a new competitive sport which will have its first outing with the formation of theWorld Wingsuit League, which will hold its first Grand Prix on October 13-14 in Hunan Province, China when the 16 best wingsuit pilots in the world will race against the clock.
The race course will see the wingsuited pilots drop around 2,600-foot over the 1.2 kilometer course after launching from a clifftop platform. The course will then run around a sweeping turn marked by an anchored Red Bull hot-air balloon, then fly in a straight line down the mountain and under a finish line designated by cable car lines.
The 16 contestants for the first Grand Prix have already been chosen and include the world’s best known wingsuit pilot, Jeb Corliss, and two females.
There will be two rounds of two flights each – one elimination round and one final round that will be televised to millions of people throughout the world. Scoring is based on the time of each pilot’s fastest flight per round.
I’d sooner do this than skydiving. Just having that ability to do high-speed maneuvering with 2 back-up parachutes is what’s the most appealing.
Plus, if it involves going fast, a board, and/or wheels, and may cause minor injury, I will probably like it. ^_^