Be there for the first base jump from the Hilton Oceanfront rooftop at JACKALOPE VIRGINIA BEACH!

March 17, 2023 / By audreane

BASE jump is a parachute jump from a fixed location. BASE is an acronym for Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs). Yes, from the beach or Neptune Park, you can see the athletes jump from the roof of the Hilton and land on the beach. Read on to find out what to expect at JACKALOPE Virginia Beach 2023.

The challenges

In Montreal, it was a ritual to jump from the top of the Olympic Stadium, or in the last edition, to jump from a crane (tandem style!!!). For our first event in the United States, we thought GO BIG OR GO HOME. Our athletes will jump from a height of 200 feet. The lowest base jump ever attempted at JACKALOPE, landing on the warm sands of Virginia Beach.

Base jump lexicon:

Pouch – extractor: Very small parachute a little less than 1 m in diameter which has the function of allowing the main parachute to deploy well.

TARD (Totally Awesome Rapid Deployment): This is the jump that jumpers will do most often. That is to say that the extractor is in the hand of the person who jumps. Upon taking flight, the puller is quickly launched and this causes the parachute to deploy.

Roll-over: It is a rather spectacular type of jump that involves the parachute being deployed before the jump while the person is on the platform. The latter will jump over it and deploy a parachute by doing a flip over to align the feet down under a wide open sail. Note that you need a headwind to make this jump otherwise it is risky to jump into the sail which could be fatal.

Boogies: It is a gathering of base jumpers around a location. There are boogies all over the world but there are none in Quebec. You need a suitable place and where it is tolerated so it is often cliffs or bridges but there are none like that in the Quebec province so it remains punctual. The Jackalope is a temporary boogie.

You still need to know more about base jumping? Go read our last article about it.