Red Bull Aces

Arizona City, AZ
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In its first two years the milestone Red Bull Aces contest — the first-ever wingsuit-cross competition, as well as the first to incorporate slalom-style gates in the sky — launched a spectacular new era in aerial sports. The innovative format sees wingsuit pilots racing head-to-head in four-person elimination heats.

Hosting a total of 40 athletes from 18 countries and five continents, Red Bull Aces draws the best in the sport, with personalities and flying styles as diverse as their nationalities. After two years in California, the 2016 edition moves to Arizona, where the Wild Card format will debut with 16 athletes — half of them entirely new to the event — battling for eight available slots in the brackets of the finals. There, 24 pre-seeded contenders will await them.