Might this be the worlds newest and most dangerous competitive sport?
The worlds newest professional sporting league ,The World Wingsuit League (WWL), has been formed and may be coming to a country near you. The first and only WWL competition venue will be going down this October in China and will be broadcasted live online. The goal of the WWL is to expand their competition to around the world to locations like the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Christ Statue.
“Imagine Formula One in the sky, instead of a flat two-dimensional race amongst cars, you now have a three-dimensional race happening between cliff faces and walls, and the finish line is a cable car.”
The competition will be a race between the 16 best wingsuit pilots in the world, Jeb Corliss and Roberta Mancino will undoubtedly be some of the highlights. There will be 3 days of competition, 16 pilots the first day, 10 the second and 6 on the final day. The race will be held via time trials to help prevent collisions and will come down to who can take the most precise and the closest turns to shave off as many milliseconds as possible. However if a flyer gets to close the walls they will be disqualified. The course will be very well defined with strict rules on what can and can’t be done since 1 mistake will lead to death.
On the safety side of the race there has been an immense amount of planning to make it as safe as possible. So don’t expect to see flyers inches from the walls as the course has been described as 1/10 of what the pilots are capable of doing, yet still visually appealing to the audience.
“…if we have three people die in the competition, well then it’s over. That’s the end of the World Wingsuit League.”
World Wingsuit League Promo Video
Jeb Corliss is the mastermind behind this new competition and has been working with Redbull China to make it a reality. It has also been said that the winner will take home “A significant” amount of prize money but the number has not yet been decided on.
Roberta Mancino jumping at the venue – Tianmen Mountain
Skip to 2 minutes, or enjoy looking at super model Roberta getting ready.