Jokke

Joakim Sommer

Taking wingsuit proximity flying to the max

Jokke Sommer takes a selfie while hanging out of a helicopter way above Hawaii
© Jokke Sommer

Hi, my name is Joakim Sommer. My discipline is wingsuit flying. My friends call me Jokke. I was born on 6 June 1986 in Son, Norway. My special talent is speedriding. My philosophy of life is follow your dreams, no matter what they are. My favourite food is Thai and, of course, spaghetti bolognese. My favourite music is hip hop, rap, rock and electronica .

Bio

Joakim Sommer was born on June 6, 1986 and was raised in Son, near Oslo. As a child, Jokke was restless; he started his career in motocross, which proved to be an important part of his youth, and his introduction to action sports.

After several years of MX, he began to freestyle and built his own FMX park, where he and his friends got together to compete. Jokke has always been fascinated by anything that could fly and dreamed about flying every day.

In the summer of 2007 he decided with his close friend, Jørgen Eriksen, to start skydiving and together they completed the AFF course. He sold their bikes and got his parachute licence.

In 2008 Jokke travelled to the USA and completed 250 jumps in two months to get the necessary experience. After seeing dozens of wingsuit-flying videos, there was no doubt that this was what he wanted to do.

After returning to Norway, he signed up for a BASE-jumping course and travelled to Kjerag to make his first jump – a move that changed his life.

Jokke was one of 12 extreme athletes who participated in the NRK programme Assignments Sognefjord, where the participants were challenged to travel the world and test their boundaries. Thanks to his feats in wingsuit proximity flying, Jokke was the most talked about athlete in the programme and he's now regarded as one of the best BASE jumpers in the world.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. Film role: Freefly the World

  2. 2013
    1. Film Role: 'Dream Trails IV'

  3. 2012
    1. 10th Place: World Wingsuit League – Semi Final

  4. 2008
    1. Completed 250 jumps in two months

      USA

  5. 2007
    1. Started skydiving

      Norway