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!