Vincent ‘Vince’ Reffet is pretty much inseparable from his skydiving partner in crime Frédéric Fugen. Together they have led the way in the world of skydiving for over a decade and have consistently delivered extraordinary, gravity-defying feats. From an early age, both boys were introduced to the multidimensional aerial world, as both their parents were veterans of the sky. In 2000, Vince, keen to follow in his parents’ footsteps, made his first solo jump and the rest, as they say, is history!
In 2002, he joined the French national Freefly team, with Fred following suit in 2004. Both skydivers later headed to Empuriabrava in Spain to train at the Skydive Empuria parachute club, the European ‘Mecca’ of modern parachuting. Here, Vince and Fred made their legendary partnership.
During the 2004 World Championships in Brazil, Fred and Vince became the Freefly World Champions. They confirmed their supremacy in the sport by winning gold at two further World Championships in 2006 and 2008. In fact, the duo remained utterly unbeaten between 2004 and 2009. In that time, they have also proven adept at BASE-jumping, canopy piloting, extreme landings, wind tunnel skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding. As well as their phenomenal feats, both athletes have had a number of film and television roles and now mentor other elite skydivers who hope to one day become half as good as them!
In 2015, Reffet also became a protégé of “Jetman” Yves Rossy, when he was invited to fly like a superhero in a twin formation flight with the Jetman jet-powered wings, soaring up to 125 mles per hour over the Burj Khalifa, The Palm Jumeirah and the Liwa desert. The history-making pair continue to work together towards the next big milestones in the field of human flight.Read more