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If you’ve ever seen the 2015 movie Point Break, you know Jon Devore.* You may not know the name but you’d never forget his role.


As the stunt double for lead charac- ter Johnny Utah, Devore led a team of wingsuit pilots in what has been called the most dangerous stunt ever filmed for a movie. It’s certainly one of the most memorable: four men in wingsuits flying in tight formation, weaving through a narrow fissure in the Alps, at speeds of more than 145 miles per hour. There was no CGI to enhance the scene. Everything was real: pure flying, pure adrenaline – pure Devore. Devore’s job description is one that


can make you pause and reconsider what’s possible in life. He is a profes- sional skydiver, stunt coordinator, and aerial cinematographer. Over nearly two decades, Devore has completed more than 21,000 skydives and BASE jumps. He is a three-time national champion and two-time world cham- pion, and has been the aerial coordi- nator and manager of the Red Bull Air Force stunt team for the past 17 years. This is a man who lives not only at the cutting edge of human flight, but on the cutting edge of life. A man who ventures confidently into the world’s re-


mote, rugged places to launch himself off mountains and out of helicopters – streaking through the sky at speeds faster than many small planes. For just a glimpse of his skill, try to wrap your head around a competition called the Red Bull Aces, last held in 2016. In four-man elimination heats, wingsuit pilots launch simultaneously from about 7,500 feet and race head- to-head through slalom-style gates suspended under helicopters at various altitudes. “It’s a three-dimensional course that goes through thousands of feet of altitude. We have to go through exact points just like a skier would race through gates,” explains Devore. “You’re looking at five helicopters out in front of you with spinning blades ready to eat you up (in your mind). You know it’s not really going to happen but, visually, it’s just overwhelming.” The competitors are so fast, so precise, that winning can come down to hundredths


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