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Wings for Love

Team UK moments from exit for the first round of racing — by Sam Hardy
Team UK moments from exit for the first round of racing — by Sam Hardy

Fifty-four of the top wing suiters gathered in Dashanbao, China this past September to compete for a greater cause… 

Wings for Love raises money for orphaned children from the 2014 Ludian Earthquake.  On August 4, 2014 a devastating earthquake hit the Ludian county, Yunnan province, China.  This earthquake of 6.1 magnitude killed nearly 600 people and destroyed 80,000 homes.  The goal of these visiting athletes was to raise money for the local orphaned children’s higher education.  This year, a second fund was set up for families of BASE jumpers that have passed away.  

The Wings for Love 2016 World Cup was a friendly competition displaying safe mountain flying with efficiency, accurate canopy skills in a beautiful big wall environment all in the name of fundraising.  The event is hosted by Xukai of China and Miles Daisher, with safety checks and assistant organizing by Robert Pecnik.  Eighteen teams of three (team China with two competitors and Team Russia with four competitors) competed in the event.  There were three events scored during the competition: Team Video, Team Speed and Parachute Landing Accuracy.  

 Team South Africa exiting perfectly – Julian Boole (yellow suit) filming the action — by Sam Hardy
Team South Africa exiting perfectly – Julian Boole (yellow suit) filming the action — by Sam Hardy

Results

The top 3 teams in the events are as follows: 

Team Video- 

1st place Team Russia (Dmitry Podoryashy, Alexey Drozdov, Sergey Nikulin, Gleb Vorevodin)

2nd place Team South Africa (Julian Boulle, JJ Wallis, Waldo Prinsloo) 

3rd place Team Norway (Espen Fadnes, Jokke Sommer, Ludvig Felix Lorentzen)  

Team Speed- 

1st place Team France (Vincent Descols, Mael Baguet, Mathieu Leroux)

2nd place Team United Arab Emirates (Noah Bahnson, Micah Couch, Greg Shelton) 

3rd place Team South Africa (Julian Boulle, JJ Wallis, Waldo Prinsloo)

Parachute Landing Accuracy- 

1st place was Team France (Vincent Descols, Mael Baguet, Mathieu Leroux)

2nd place Team China (Qiang, Yang)

3rd place Team Australia (Christopher McDougall, Ryan Graney, Scott Paterson)

Overall Team Winners- 

1st place Team France (Vincent Descols, Mael Baguet, Mathieu Leroux)

2nd place Team South Africa (Julian Boulle, JJ Wallis, Waldo Prinsloo)

3rd place Team Russia (Dmitry Podoryashy, Alexey Drozdov, Sergey Nikulin, Gleb Vorevodin)

Team France on the podium, stoked with first place! — by Sam Hardy
Team France on the podium, stoked with first place! — by Sam Hardy
The Chinese dancing ladies award the BASE jumpers with certificates — by Sam Hardy
The Chinese dancing ladies award the BASE jumpers with certificates — by Sam Hardy

Overall, the athletes were great ambassadors for the sport of BASE jumping and wing suit flying.  The event was live on China TV for three days with great reception and respect for the athletes and their sport.  Wings for Love plans to hold the event annually in Dashanbao, China.

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