BASE jumping, like any other sport, has of course its legends and heroes. These are the people who pioneered the sport and made it what it is today. They had a vision and a desire to do something new and often paid for it with their lives. The first one to mention here is of course the man who is generally considered the founder of modern BASE jumping.
Carl Boenish. He started jumping the El Cap face in the 1980´s with a group of friends from California and started what is today known as modern BASE jumping. These guys used their ability to track in order to get away from the wall, they started modifying their skydiving gear to adapt it for BASE jumping and they promoted the sport as something new and unique through the 16mm films Carl produced. He also created the acronym Building Antenna Span and Earth to give the sport its name. The BASE number system goes back to him, and of course he held several world records, including the highest BASE jump at the time, from the Troll Wall. The next legend is one who follows close behind, a man who was an acrobat and full blooded jumper all his life.
Dwain Weston. The Aussie with the blond doo is still considered one of the best aerialists in BASE jumping ever. The maneuvers he did, sometimes off the lowest of objects, still leave insiders as well as non BASE jumpers stunned. A pioneer if there ever was one in this sport, he opened objects on the go and always tried to reinvent the sport and himself. Another one who deserves a mention here is
Roland "Slim" Simpson. Slim was the first one to reach the 1000 jump mark in BASE. A huge talent in the air, he could do with his body whatever he wanted as long as it was not on the ground. Slim was a huge personality and by starting to organize BASE jumping as legal events, he broke important ground for todays BASE jumping competitions.