“It’s a feeling of complete and absolute freedom”
This is how Max Valenzuela describes how it feels to practice wingsuit, a high-risk sport that allows its fans to “plan like birds”
Max Valenzuela is a Wingsuit aficionado, since he was a kid, he practiced snowboarding, however, his dream was always to fly, and enjoy the subtleties of freefall. One day, Max met a Brazilian girl friend whose boyfriend was a professional wingsuiter in Brazil, showed him some videos and Max told himself “I have to do this”
“In the wingsuit we fly horizontally or we move, at that height almost three times what it is a normal jump that is more vertical, we grab as 200km/h and we can keep playing, we can climb with the suits and move in space like little birds” Said Max
Currently Max, work as a cameraman in a parachute school in Tandem, this work has allowed him to fulfill his dream of flying. Max explained the inner connection feeling like this: “The most intense moment is when we are at the door and we want the jump to go according to plan but once we get off the plane it’s just liberation is pure peace, it’s feeling connected with you, nothing else matters only that moment sometimes we’re weeks without jumping, but those 2 or 3 minutes of free fall are much more worthwhile than everything that has happened, that is the moment that we are in pure connection with the air that our element”
“The wingsuit is a discipline of skydiving, in which a suit specially designed for gliding in free fall is used. It consists of wings in arms and legs that, through air intakes, get pressurization in the suit,” said Valdés Arribas, instructor wingsuit Skydive BCN Skydiving Center in Spain, who at 27 years old tells BBC Mundo With more than 1,000 experience jumps. In recent years the number of followers of this sport has increased.
Basically, the wingsuit converts the vertical force of the free fall, into horizontal speed. There are very different suits on the market with which you can get to get about three minutes in the air and some approximate data show about two meters of progress for each meter descended “.
Athletes are dropped from a low plane, a cliff or a summit dressed in their bat costume and fly very close to the contour of a mountain for several kilometers, before landing with a parachute.
The images captivate by their beauty with gliders that almost touch the trees, and sometimes, even, they throw themselves to the emptiness with a smoking can in the feet to mark the wake during their itinerary.
Part of the attraction is to register the flight with a small camera attached to the body and share the recording on platforms like Youtube. So if you pass through Uruguay, maybe Max will record your flight experience.
“The wingsuit is one of my great passions, in general skydiving is, but wingsuit is something that catches my attention, that I love. At some point I plan to take it to the mountain and do Base jump. That is another issue, there are no airplanes, but it is a connection with the mountain, it is walking, climbing the mountain and jumping with your suit and only a parachute, which makes it much more risky, but at the same time makes you stay more focused and more aware of what you are doing” declared Max