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2nd Indoor BASE World Cup at Tropical Islands

The world's best BASE jumpers will be at Tropical Islands from 29 November to 1 December for the 2nd Indoor BASE World Cup. 60 jumpers from 16 nations will be competing in the BASE sprint competition.

The largest free-standing dome in the world is the ideal venue for indoor BASE jumping. Jürgen "Mahle" Mühling from the TAKE OFF Skydiving Club in Fehrbellin explains the special challenges facing competitors at Tropical Islands: "The 107-metre-high jump-off point means you need really quick reactions. The parachute opens as soon as you jump so you have to aim for the landing zone immediately. This is why this world-class competition really is the sprint discipline of BASE jumping."

The three-time parachuting world champion has invited top jumpers from all over the world to compete in this event, and he will also be taking part himself.
Becoming world champion in this discipline requires total precision. The landing zone is only 6 metres in diameter and will be located on the beach by the Tropical Sea. First contact with the ground has to be made on a sensor measuring just 15 centimetres across.

Nerves will be jangling even more than usual on the first day of competition as competitors will be jumping during the evening in a half-lit dome. The grand final will take place on the second day of competition when the Indoor BASE Jump world champion will be crowned. There will be another highlight on Sunday, 1 December with an attempt at a world record. For the first time indoors, as many jumpers as possible will attempt to jump one after the other.

On all three days of the competition, guests at Tropical Islands will be able to enjoy the excitement and drama of this top-class sporting event in the dome.
 
BASE jumping is parachute jumping from fixed objects.
The letters in BASE stand for Buildings, Antennas, Spans, Earth.

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