In 2012, for example, while filming for HBO on Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Corliss clipped a ledge, nearly killing himself and breaking both ankles, his feet, and a leg.Asked by a reporter if he had a death wish, Corliss replied: “If you wanted to die doing the shit I do, you’d die right away.” His wish, he explained, is to live and pursue his abiding childhood dream of flying. —Matt Higgins Kelly Slater As one of the word\'s most renown surfers, Kelly Slater has revolutionized the sport and proved that age is just a number.He set new standards for midair acrobatics, enrolling in diving classes with a coach at USC who taught him how to pull off backflips and twisting somersaults while plunging from buildings and cliffs.The result: Corliss pioneered professionalism in BASE.(Taylor Glascock) Finally, he surrounds himself with people who raise his game—like Conrad Anker, media moguls Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
(Chris Mc Pherson) With a genius for heart-pounding spectacle in breathtaking locations, California daredevil Jeb Corliss, 40, has plummeted from the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Falls in Venezuela.
Just as any high-adrenaline sport takes its toll, BASE jumping—particularly with wingsuits—has seen mounting fatalities, including nearly 40 in 2016.
A leading cause is the kind of close-call proximity flying, popularized by Corliss, that has killed many of the sport’s most accomplished practitioners. Crashes and broken bones have simply become part of his highlight reel.
It’s the kind of ascent most climbers who’ve visited New York City dream of.
Of course, it was Chin who figured out how to make it happen.
Though he’s since upgraded, he uses the same 24–70 f/2.8 lens for many of his shots, proof that it’s the archer and not the arrow.