The Human Slingshot – High Altitude Paragliding

The Human Slingshot – High Altitude Paragliding


Gravity acts as a kind of shackle
that holds you to the ground. Being up there
is actually sheer bliss. This is a project that started
almost a year ago, when we had this idea
of making a slingshot, which is a combination
of acrobatic paragliding, which is our thing,
and free fall. And also, doing it in a radical way using a lot of energy in this maneuver,
a lot of G-force, the tumbling, like a giant slingshot in the air. Horacio goes behind me,
navigating, while I activate the release system ready to eject us into the free fall. A MONTH EARLIER Anyone doing free fall should
do this on a regular basis, right? I don’t know, let’s say
two or three times a year, go practice in the tunnel to keep in real good shape. We went to Sup Air and we were adjusting
our harness, reinforcing it, and adding to it the 3 rings
we’ve created together with Jack Noel to have these special harnesses
for this project. There is always something
that can go wrong. The other day, for instance,
when we were practising we faced a very complicated situation: We got ejected straight up,
found ourselves weightless, and I looked at Pitocco
and the paraglider was right below. I thought to myself: “It can’t be,
this can’t be happening.” “I’ve got a second chance.” We need to work in unison
for what we’re going to do. It’s a very tricky thing, and you need to absolutely trust
your partner, 100% blind faith so everything goes smoothly. 3,700 meters altitude. 28 km/h. Steady flight, altitude 4,400. They are going to jump. One, two, three. – Everything alright?
– All fine. – Altitude?
– 2,800! There I go! One…two…three.

33 Replies to “The Human Slingshot – High Altitude Paragliding”

  1. OH MY GOD! I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE GONNA DO COS IT WAS ALL IN SPANISH AN THEY DROPPED THE CHUTE AND I FLIPPED MY SHIT

  2.  just another bullshit ad for overly caffeinated and sugary pop soda if you ask me. when redbull start feeding the poor instead of rotting their teeth I might be impressed.

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