Vince

Vincent Reffet

Fly forever

Portrait of Vince Reffet, Fred Fugen and Jean-Phi Teffaud just after jumping off of the cliff in Les Gorges de la Bourne, France 2012
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Hi, my name is Vincent Reffet. My discipline is skydiving, and B.A.S.E Jumping. My friends call me Vince. I was born on 15 September 1984 in Annecy. My special talent is teaching others the ways of base jumping. My philosophy of life is go big or go home. The most important person in my life is Frédéric Fugen my jump partner and best friend .

Bio

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.

In addition to 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!

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. World Record: 828m off Burj Khalifa tower

      Base jump off the world's tallest building

  2. 2012
    1. Extreme Base Jumping: 1000m Cliff Jump

      Norway

  3. 2011
    1. National Record: 40-Way Freeflyers

      France

    2. European Record: 80-Way Freeflyers

  4. 2008
    1. 1st Place: Free-Flying World championship

      Maubeuge, France