February 27, 2014
They say he survives on a wing and a prayer, but daredevil Espen Fadnes needed a little more skill than faith as he took on his latest breathtaking challenge.
In this amazing footage Fadnes uses a wingsuit to pass underneath the arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, along with fellow adrenaline junkie Ludo Woerth.
The pair flew up to 6,500ft on trikes – motorised hang gliders used to give tourists aerial views of the city – before leaping off.
The duo were supposed to be accompanied by Jokke Sommer, but only two trikes were available on the day so he had to be left on the ground.
The jump was nearly abandoned in its entirety because of wind conditions around the statue, which could have blown the jumpers off course and caused a fatal accident.
However, Fandes remained determined. He said: ‘We did not come to Rio to not fly past the Jesus statue. When we made that decision I felt my heartbeat pounding and I became really scared and nervous.’
After assessing the weather conditions and deciding they could make the leap, Fadnes and Woerth set off in the early hours to get the cleanest run possible.