World Record attempt- Wingsuit
Name: Mathias Wyss
Background: Swiss Air Force, Parachute Special forces
Currently: Will attempt a world record in wingsuit basejump in 2018
All images © Mathias Wyss/ Nuit de la Glisse
We are stoked to introduce our latest member to TEAM SUBTECH- Wingsuit base jumper, Mathias Wyss
The former Swiss Special forces parachute soldier will later in 2018 attempt a World Record
…where he will be base jumping off a 6000m / 20.000ft peak in central Asia
We asked Mathias a couple of questions to hear his thoughts on the upcoming World record attempt and how he got in to the sport
I started parachute jumping when I got into the Swiss Air Force parachute special forces. Soon after that I started wingsuit flying from airplanes
Since I love being in the mountains, after a few years it was a natural step for me to bring my wingsuit skills to this environment and start basejumping
Nowadays, my credo is to never hike down when mountaineering
…I either bring my skis, paraglider or preferably my wingsuit. Call me lazy, but I’m loving it
– What are the worst risks associated with this sport?
We are flying close to terrain at over 240km/h (150mph). Since this sport is not regulated, anybody is free to do whatever they want
However, if you don’t have a solid flying skills, know-how in aerodynamics, weather, flight tacts and planning, as well as good judgement, your risk level increases dramatically and it’s a matter of time until you run out of luck
The challenge is not so much in landing a new viral video on Youtube, but rather in practicing this sport in a sustainable way
– Have you had any close call incidents?
Yes, I have had a few close calls. It was during the booming years of wingsuit proximity flying when everybody was over-excited and the risks weren’t yet fully understood
All of my close calls happened when flying in a formation with people I hadn’t yet shared enough flights with together. As such I was following the leader somewhat blindly and ended up in situations I probably wouldn’t have gotten myself into otherwise. Those were important lessons
– Where do you begin if you want to get in to the sport and start flying?
You have to start by getting your parachute license and accumulating a few hundred jumps from an airplane
During this time you can already start flying wingsuits in this safe environment
Eventually you’ll have to take a basejump course, albeit you’ll first be jumping without wingsuits
It is then important to find a mentor that will coach you while you gain experience, and maybe after a 100 basejumps you can start flying wingsuits in the basejump environment
After a few hundred wingsuit basejumps and several years you might be ready to start wingsuit proximity flying
A lot of people rush this process and put themselves at risk
– Tell us about the World record attempt you are doing later this year?
We are planning to realize the biggest wingsuit basejump that has ever been done
For this we have set our eyes on a beautiful 6’000m (20’000ft) peak in one of central Asia’s most stunning mountain ranges
This embodies the ultimate human dream: To fly like a bird for as long and as far as possible
In the meantime we’ve had to postpone it to 2018. A lot of things need to come together fur such an adventure and it just didn’t work out for 2017 – that’s life
– What are your initial thoughts after using the PRO DRYBAG 45L?
I am amazed by the great waterproof specs and the shockproof features – all in all an impressively light and portable package.
As such this bag fills a gap that special backpacks or hard-cases for notebooks and camera equipment do not satisfy as they are either not very portable, heavy or non-waterproof.
The Pro Drybag 45L is my new go-to-bag for whenever I’m bringing sensitive gear
We are stoked to have Mathias on our team and look forward to follow him on his preparations for the the World Record in 2018
Check out his website for more info Link