The 3rd tour stop of the ProBASE World Cup 2K13 was held at Innfjorden, Norway from July 10th to 12th 2013. The event, the socalled "World BASE Race" is the oldest existing Wingsuit Race in the world and was inaugurated in 2008.
In 2013, WBR was for the first time part of the official Wingsuit Racing World Series, the ProBASE World Cup Tour.
The Race was held from Gridset Skolten mountain, perched 1000 meters above the fjord and the race track is roughly 1000 meters long. The race is held in elimination mode, meaning the pilots jump off in pairs and race each other down the mountain side. The first one in each heat to cross the predetermind finish line will move into the next round. 32 pilots start and the last one standing is the winner.
The race started with some bad weather which had the athletes sitting at the exit point in thick fog during the first day. This delayed the qualification, however the next 2 days brought brilliant sunshine which allowed for the program to be completed in its entirety.
From the beginning it showed that speed was king and the fastest pilots quickly took control. South African Julian Boulle marked the fastest time in round one, and the rest of the favorites were not far behind. Once the elimination started other factors came into play, reaction time at the start seemed to be key.
Last years winner Tony Urugallo marked a track record in 18.06 seconds, was however eliminated a round later by Noah Bahnson.
Brazilian newcomer Yuri Cordeiro was the surprise man by eliminating both croatian evergreen Robert Pecnik as well as Simon Repton who had done amzingly well also, and moving into the top 4.
Noah was surpassed in that round by his team mate Mike Swanson, Julian Boulle did away with norwegian hope Espen Fadnes and Team Phoenix-fly´s Ludo Woerth kicked out his team mate Matthias Wyss to move into the finals.
That left skydive dubai racers Julian Boulle and Mike Swanson for the finals and Ludo Woerth going up against Yuri Cordeiro for the bronze. The judges however determined that Yuri had not landed correctly in the semi finals and he got disqualified, handing Ludo 3rd place without a fight.
The big race was on now, €10.000.- were waiting for the winner. On the ramp the pilots were preparing and when the starting peep sounded they pushed off simultainiously.
Julian came out with a slight advantage but Mike didn´t give up. Half way down the stretch he picked up speed and came daringly close, but Julian was able to keep the lead across the finish line. Two 10th of a second decided in the end, Julian claimed a deserved victory ahead of Mike Swanson and Ludovic Woerth.
In the women´s final Ellen Brennan, the fastest flying woman 2013, did away with american Lori Butz to claim the female title and move ahead in the internal woman´s overall qualification as well.
The Race finished without any major incidents and proved once again a massive spectacle for the public the media and of course the athletes.