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of a second. It’s flight like you’ve never seen


before. “My passion is human flight, and I’d like to teach the general public that what we’re doing is ac- tually flying, not just dropping,” Devore explains on his Website. He emphasizes that he and his colleagues are not just a bunch of “adrenaline-seeking fools with a death wish,” but artists whose canvas is the sky and the stunning terrain beneath it; professional ath- letes with skill akin to piloting any powered craft.


“Gravity is our engine. We ma- nipulate the wind speed it creates off our bodies to fly forward and cover miles of territory – or to cho- reograph complex aerial routines at speeds of over 200 miles per hour.” Most people only dream of flying like the birds; Devore has built a career out of it.


From Sea to Air In a way, Devore has been preparing for this job all his life. He grew up in Alaska, right off the ocean. Sea lions lounged on the walkway between


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his house and the sea, and Devore would walk past them on his way to go scuba diving. There was a large eagle’s nest perched right outside his bedroom window and he’d often watch the eagles come and go – fas- cinated by and jealous of their ability to fly.


Before he turned 18, Devore had done more than most people do in a lifetime: river raft guiding, glacier exploration, alpine trekking. “As a kid, I just thought that was totally normal,” he says. “I’m a kid from Alaska – of course I do all this stuff.” The one thing he couldn’t do in his hometown was skydive. Want- ing to open a “choose your own adventure” company that included tandem skydiving, he moved to Texas, then to Eloy, AZ – home of the largest drop zone in the world at the time – to pursue his tandem rat- ing. “Everybody who was anybody in the sport was there,” he says. Within that community, Devore latched onto a small group of “artist-type skydivers” who were inventing a new style of skydiving called “free-flying.” He equates it to


the advent of snowboarding in the ski world. Bored with the traditional approach of building formations in an arched, belly-down/limbs-up po- sition, this group was experimenting with “flying three-dimensional and vertical and proving to the world that you could stay together and do this very hard, dynamic way of flying,” says Devore. “I joined onto that posse. At the time, there were six to eight of us in the entire world that were really trying to figure out this sport.”


For about the next 10 years, he competed on teams in national and world meets in this new form of skydiving. Eventually, he expanded into wingsuit flying and BASE jumping (BASE is an acronym for “building,” “antenna,” “span,” and “earth” – four categories of objects from which one can jump with a parachute).


In the late ’90s, two of his “posse”


from Eloy started doing some work with a fairly young company called Red Bull and convinced Devore to join them in Tahoe. The company grew fast – as did demand for para-


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