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.Read more