Frédéric Fugen

Dominating the vertical world for well over a decade

Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet 33000ft above the Earth
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Hi, my name is Frédéric Fugen. My discipline is BASE Jumping. My friends call me Fred. I was born on 25 July 1979 in Annecy. My special talent is travelling to find new jump sites. My philosophy of life is fly fast and have fun. The most important person in my life is my best friend and jump partner Vincent Reffet.


Frédéric ‘Fred’ Fugen is a pioneer of modern parachuting and, together with his daredevil compatriot Vincent ‘Vince’ Reffet, has dominated the vertical world for over a decade. From a young age, both Fred and Vince were regularly subjected to the wild and wonderful world of skydiving, as both their parents were seasoned parachutists. Eager to follow suit, Fred accomplished his first-ever solo jump in 1996 and has never looked back!

In 2004, Fred joined his aerial sibling in the French national freefly team; freefly being parachuting’s most radical competitive discipline. Then, shortly after, they both joined the Skydive Empuria parachute club in Empuriabrava, Spain – the most prestigious skydiving school in Europe. It was at this school that Fred and Vince made their pact to take the skydiving world by storm together.

During the 2004 World Championships in Brazil, Fred and Vince became the Freefly World Champions and later won a further two World Championships in 2006 and 2008. The two of them remained unbeaten between 2004 and 2009. However, Fred and Vince have also become experts in BASE jumping, canopy piloting, extreme landings, wind tunnel skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding.

In addition to pushing the limits of freefall, the pair, known collectively as The Soul Flyers, have also set new European and world records and starred in a number of on-screen roles, helping to teach other aspiring skydivers how to do what comes naturally to them!


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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Jump: Soul Flyers' Ultimate Skydive Combo

      10,000m skydive & swoop into an air temperature of -55°C, and high altitude sync'd moves during 40 seconds

      Mont Blanc, France

  2. 2014
    1. World Record: 828m Jump Off Burj Khalifa Tower

      BASE jump from the world's tallest building

      Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. 2012
    1. Extreme Base Jumping: 1000m Cliff Jump


  4. 2011
    1. National Record: 40-Way Freeflyers


    2. European Record: 80-Way Freeflyers

  5. 2009
    1. World Record: 108-Way Freeflyers