Skydive Dubai, a leader in extreme skydiving, has broken yet another Guinness World Record in less than a month for base jumping off the very tip of the Burj Khalifa. Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took the first leap off the Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall, on Monday, April 21, 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record Title of the Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building, exhibiting their astonishing base jumping skills.
The jump from the Burj Khalifa was only possible with the construction of a 3 x 1 meter platform at the very top of the pinnacle and was an immense task in itself. The structure, which was recently spotted by residents and tourists, took a total of three days for installation with challenges faced due to weather constrictions limiting the time available for construction. Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place to ensure the pinnacle did not get damaged.
“On behalf of the entire team and myself, I would like to thank Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council for giving us the opportunity in making this project a reality. Skydive Dubai has become a pioneer in regards to aerial sports and will continue to strive in setting more new world records,” said His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Aero Sport Federation and Chairman of Skydive Dubai.
Fred and Vince had to go through a series of training in Switzerland by base jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain, which is almost the same height as the Burj Khalifa. With a week of intense training in Switzerland, Fred and Vince continued to condition themselves with base jumping out of helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off of the world’s tallest building.
“This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream.” stated Fred Fugen. “This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true,” continued Vince Reffet.
|Courtesy: Khaleej Times|