Skydive Dubai set a new base jumping world record successfully completing a jump from the top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the World’s Tallest Building.
Sponsored by Skydive Dubai, Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took their first ever leap off The Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall, on Monday 21st April 2014 - claiming the new Guinness world record title of the Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building.
The Burj base jump was only possible with the construction of a 3 X 1 metres platform at the very top of the pinnacle. The structure took three days 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.
Fugen and Reffet's intense training schedule included base jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain in Switzerland, which is almost the same height as The Burj Khalifa. They prepared for the big one with further jumps from helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off of the world’s tallest building.
His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Aero Sport Federation and Chairman of Skydive Dubai said: "On behalf of the entire team and myself, I would like to thank H.H. Sheikh 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.”
Skydive Dubai, with the support of Emirates Aero Sports Federation, is one of the world’s premier skydiving locations right in the heart of Dubai City.
Since its launch in 2010, they have provided a platform for extreme athletes to express their passion, train hard and achieve their dreams. This was highlighted earlier in April when they broke the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump.
Alan Gayton, General Manager, Skydive Dubai, The Palm Drop Zone, said: “As always, Skydive Dubai prides itself on the 100% safety record and the Burj Khalifa Jump is no exception. This success is due to the ‘Practice make perfect’ method of training that we always follow and the 100 per cent dedication of everyone working on this project”.
Fred Fugen enthused: “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."
Vince Reffet added: "This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true.”