I STARTED BASE JUMP IN 2012 WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SPORT AFTER SEEING PEOPLE JUMP OFF PEDRA DA GÁVEA IN RIO DE JANEIRO, MY HOMETOWN.
From then on I dedicated myself entirely to the sport, became member of the 4 way skydiving team of the Brazilian Army, but my focus was always on being in the mountains, that’s when I decided to move to the mountains, where my daily activity became exploring new exits points, especially those where I could combine climbing and jumping. In 2017 I started teaching BASE jumping, training several students in the last 2 years.
BASE jumping took me to 24 countries in the world, where I had the opportunity to explore, evolve and consolidate my experience in the sport over the years, either wingsuiting or in low jumps.
Today, I live in the USA, I am also an AFF instructor, and happy with the opportunity of putting together the passion for exploring and teaching with Scotty Bob. 😉
After two deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom, I found myself looking for something that quenched my thirst for adventure and exploration. My first jump was at Bridge Day 2008, I completed BASE 3 months after that. Since then, I have tried to maintain currency by jumping non stop and learning about every facet of the sport along the way.
As much as I love big wingsuit jumps, BASE is a 4 letter word. Every object is an adventure and also an opportunity to prepare for that next even bigger mission. My favorite part of BASE is by far the people. This sport gives you an amazing chance to travel the world and meet some of the most insane characters along the way. Some of the people I started jumping with back in the day are some of my closest friends even a decade later.
It took me quite a long time to feel comfortable instructing BASE jumping, but I feel it is my duty as an active jumper to pass down the information I have learned. Some lessons are learned harder than others, and maybe Julia and I can pass those down to a new generation without a lot of the pain.
BASE JUMPING HAS BEEN OVER A DECADE LONG ADVENTURE FOR ME. I STARTED QUITE YOUNG, WHILE STILL SERVING IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS.