Base jumper and wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss was filming for a feature on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ at Table Mountain in South Africa. Jeb clipped a rock during a flight and it was all captured on video.
In an attempt to kick a balloon laying on the ground, Jeb flew too low, hitting the ground. There is a full explanation from Jeb after the jump, along with a photo of his gnarly injury which he did not take pain killers for.
and Ofcourse the Best Video of all time, that gives me goosebumps everytime i watch him almost rake off the camera mans head at 250km/h
I was asked in a base jumping forum what happened. This was my response.
Well the answer is very simple. I was flying to close and messed up I was going for a black balloon that was basically laying on the rocks and was going to try and kick it with my foot. In order to do this I had to fly low and flat between boulders. My left foot clipped a boulder that dragged me into a flat ledge that I took at the waist at full speed. If I had not clipped that boulder I might have made it, I might have still impacted. It’s very hard to tell from the footage. Everything happens very fast. But when you go for a flight where inches are the difference between making it and not making it well impact is very possible. I knew this and took the risk and paid the price for pushing way to hard. I take full responsibility for my actions and am just happy I still have legs to do rehab on.
This is not my first time getting hurt and it will not be my last. I push it, always have and always will. One day I will die and I just hope that when I do, it will be doing something I truly love…
P.S. I want to thank everyone for their support. 99% of you have been very very nice to me For the other 1% I agree with you 100%, I am a total dumb ass I am human and humans make mistakes. I am sorry for what ever inconvenience I have caused anyone…
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Multiple camera angles of Jeb Corliss impacting table mountain at 120mph.
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