GIBRALTAR STRAITS CROSSING WITH A WINGSUIT
25 / 06 / 2005
On June the 23rd, Santi Corella, Toni López and Álvaro Bultó, made one of their most desired dreams come true: to cross Gibraltar straits in freefall. Equipped with Birdman wing suits, the three Red Bull-Empuriabrava sportsmen reached Algeciras beaches and established two new records. This was the successful end of a project that began three years ago.
This project was supported by Skydive Empuriabrava, Media Sports and the Spanish Air Force.
The adventure. The Record.The challenge was to jump over Africa at 35.000ft, with oxygen, and to fly a distance of 14.4 km in order to reach the Spanish coast before deploying the parachute at 4000ft.
Due to very strong winds from the East, the landing area had to be moved to another beach, increasing the distance up to 15.4 km.
On Thursday the 23rd of June, with favourable conditions, the sportsmen jumped as planned over Africa and flew with their wing suits during 6 minutes (longest freefall in history) and achieving a distance of 20.448 km (the longest wing suit flight in history). All three landed successfully on Getares beach.