US Pro-BASE Jumper and professional Red Bull athlete Miles Daisher won the first season event of the 2012 ProBASE World Cup Tour in Istanbul, Turkey, ahead of british Jump 4 Heroes athletes Spencer Hogg and Alastair McCartney.
The event is part of the 2012 Pro Tour, the words largest professional BASE Jumping and Wingsuit racing Tour, co-organized by local event producers Birden organization and sponsored by APEX BASE, Intrudair Wingsuit factory, TAG Heuer precision timing, Elevated Clothing and Gform protectiv gear.
The evernt at the Sapphire Tower, with 236 meters europe´s tallest residential building, got off to a phenomenal start with a warm up day for the jumpers at the Kadakoy Balloon, a tourist attraction on the Bosphorus.
On Friday May 18th the competition was scheduled to kick off at 9am, however strong winds and thunderstorms throughout the day didn´t allow for safe jumping, so the kickoff had to be postponed to saturday.
Saturday still brought a bit of wind but overall conditions did allow for jumping activity and the contest kicked off. After 3 qualification rounds the top contenders started to materialize and Miles Daisher was in a commanding lead, followed by Jimmy Pouchert from APEX BASE and Al McCartney. The wind conditions had been difficult and ever changing during the prerounds and left several top contenders struggling to make it into the semis of the top 16. Mauri di Palma from Italy, one of the top favorites for the win, was out of luck when he touched the landing pad twice with his hands, although hitting dead center, which meant total loss of points for landing accuracy.
The semi final was slightly delayed as well as sunday morning brought more rain and varying conditions, but once the weather cleared around 11ish the rond could get started and the real contest started. Intensity amongst the worlds top BASE Jumpers was apparent as, one by one, they climbed to the top of the 236 meter high exit platform on Europe´s highest residential building.
Aussie legend Chris "Douggs" McDouggal did best in this round, which started with a clean sheet, and after all 16 semi contenders had jumped, led ahead of reigning World Champ Rami Kajala from Finnland and british veteran "DTM" Witchalls.
Due to scheduling issues Douggs could not complete the competition and thus gave up his slot to the 9th placed jumper, which incidentally was tied between Spencer Hogg and the only remaining woman in the round, Justine Edde from France.
When it was time for the last and final round of the 8 remaining contenders, the was definitly on. Miles, only in 6th place after the semis, got himself "fired up" while climbing the ladder to the exit, did a perfect delay, had a straight opening and hit the target spot on. He took the lead from the getgo and never gave it away. Behind him it was a tight scramble for the podium which finally was claimed by the british Jump 4 heroes Team members Spencer Hogg and Alastair McCartney. The big surprise of the competition however was 21 year old Justine Edde from France who took 4th and left several top ranked jumpers behind her with a near perfect score in the finals, also claiming the womens titel at the event.
In the end Miles was a deserving winner and took home his first individual crown as well as setting the tone for the overall title as well.