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Zak Tessier

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Catching up with Zak Tessier

BY: Matt Gerdes

Zak Tessier is a bit of an odd duck – if you have hung out much in Lodi, CA, or Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, then you’ve probably met him – living out of a van, living to jump – and you probably sensed his intense dedication to our sport, and for pushing himself to a higher level each day. His raw, frothy passion for BASE is almost freakish, and can make a normally passionate jumper feel somewhat lame and part-time by comparison.

Zak Tessier
Zak Tessier, source: skydivemag.com

“Zak Tessier – the multitool, the swiss army knife of the sky. Not only versatile with the skills of wingsuiting, BASE jumping, aerial photography, and canopy piloting, Zak is also our engineer. If we can think it, he can build it and rig it.” – Harry Parker
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BASE Girl in Malaysia

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BASE jump: Malaysia

Clair Marie aka BASE girl

BASE Girl Clair Marie

Clair Marie aka BASE girl spent 1 month BASE jumping all througout Malaysia. Jumping Sibu, Sabah and KL on the Malaysian BASE tour. Check out more videos and pictures.
Clair Marie is a professional adventure sports athlete and a passionate Vegan.
A top female BASE jumper, skydiver, stunt woman for commercials/movies, model, enduro mountain bike racer, climber and Motivational/public Speaker.
Clair is an incredibly accomplished BASE jumpers and one of the top female athletes in the sport! In addition she manages to balance her life as a professional BASE jumper and a successful career as a model and stunt woman, appearing in commercials, print advertisements and online media.
She became a featured athlete through EpicTv in 2013 and continues to produce BASE videos of her travels and experiences.

Matt Gerdes

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Catching up with Matt Gerdes

BY: Lesley Gale

Matt Gerdes has been flying in the open air most of his life. Paragliding, skydiving, speed flying, base jumping… he is the author of the Great Book of BASE, a co-founder of Squirrel wingsuits and loves to take his friends on a flying adventure…

How many skydives, base jumps?

In the past ten years I have made close to 1,000 BASE jumps and around the same amount of skydives.

Other aerial sports you’ve done and to what sort of level?

Over 2,000 hours flying paragliders, since 2000.
Over 1,000 flights in speed flying wings, most sub 10m / 100sqft.

Equipment jumped, and history

My current main canopy is a PD Optimum and I think it’s the perfect solution for wingsuit jumping. Javelin Odyssey is my container.

Base achievements

Still alive after about a thousand jumps!

Favorite base moment

Landing safely at the foot of the Eiger north face with my friend Jimmy. It was my 19th BASE jump and I had 11 skydives at the time.

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Matt Gerdes – September Sessions

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Matt Gerdes – September Sessions

Base-Book

Matt Gerdes

Matt Gerdes tells us:
“BASE Jumping is probably the deadliest and most dangerous sport in existence. It is so dangerous that we actually don’t recommend that you do it. In fact, we honestly think it’s a bad idea. We also think it’s probably the most fun that a human being can have.”

Matt has completed over 1200 safe BASE jumps to date, the vast majority of which being wingsuit flights from alpine cliffs. He has opened many new lines of flight and his videos and BASE book are well known to jumpers around the world, with more than ten years’ experience in the paragliding industry.