SBOTD Presents: Cedric Dumont, Professional B.A.S.E Jumper for Red Bull
We all already know Red Bull gives you wings and when you mix that with a fearless personality trait, you get Cedric Dumont. This Belgium native has had a passion for action sports his whole life, so it comes at no surprise that he performs some of the most thrilling jumps as a full time Red Bull athlete. Whether it’s leaping from the tallest waterfall in the world, as he did in the Peruvian Jungle, to base jumping from the New Avaz Tower in Sarajevo, to being the first person to ever base jump from the highest railway bridge in the world, it seems like there is absolutely nothing that scares this babely thrill-seeker. And I almost forgot to mention — he is buddies with another babe we all love, daredevil himself, Felix Baumgartner.
With over 19 years of experience, Cedric says his sport gives him freedom, speed and allows him to push himself while taking him to some of the most amazing places in the world. BASEjumping has not only given him respect for the environment but continues to motivate him to improve while staying humble. Cedric is also an excellent skier, surfer and golfer, and was a member of the Belgian National Team. While traveling the world and leaping from buildings, Cedric has become fluent in French, English, German, Spanish and Dutch. Now who doesn’t love a world traveling babe who can speak the romance language among many more? So let’s finally get to know Cedric.
20 QUESTIONS WITH CEDRIC DUMONT
1.For those who don’t know, what is wing suit flying — and how did you get involved in this sport?
Wingsuit flying is the purest way of flying, it’s your body and a suit with wings which allows you to fly or glide with a glide ratio of 4/1. I have always been involved with action sports like skiing and surfing and I started skydiving when I was 18, from there, I went to BASE and more.
2. You started with BASE jumping and moved to wing suit flying — why did you change? Do you still BASE jump as well?
Yes, I still BASEjump, but you can basejump with a wingsuit. I still do everything; low jumps, high jumps, wingsuit, and freefly. It’s good to be able to do everything and stay current.
3.Are you ever afraid of the outcome of your jump — and how do you overcome your fears? What goes through your mind before you take off?
Yes, fear is good. It’s your friend, you need to feel the fear to be aware of the danger.
But you manage to turn your negative fear into positive fear and then you get to a state of meditation, before the jump, nothing goes through your mind, you are just in the moment, focused on what you have to do.
4.What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Being able to live my lifestyle and turn my passion into a job, being free and the road has always been important to me.
5.What is one place that you dream of jumping/flying from?
Many places on earth, but this is secret. I still have lots of challenging projects for the coming years.
6.What has been the hardest part about pursuing this as a career? What advice would you give to young kids with dreams of going pro?
Making the right choices and sacrifices in order to achieve your goals and being aware of your potential. I would give one advice, just live your dreams and never give up, with patience and hard work, you can achieve anything!
7. If you weren’t doing this professionally, what would you be doing for a living?
Something similar I guess, something that gives me the opportunity to be free and travel around the world and do exciting things.
8. Is there a motto, saying, or core truth you try to live by?
“Dying to live”
9.Do you have any pre-jump/flying rituals or superstitions?
Yes, rituals are very important to enter this flow, the zone, so everything I do before a jump is very calculated. Rituals are very important to keep a rythm.
10. What other sports are you involved in?
Speedflying, surfing and skiing.
11. Are you single, dating or taken?
Dating I guess :)
12. What is the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?
To me it’s a chemical reaction; the smell and the skin are very important but of course the general look of someone, eyes, body, the way someone moves, has to be sensual.
Humor is also very very important!
13. What do you want to be remembered for?
Being a free man; passion over conventions and time over money!
14. Do you have any unusual talents?
Don’t think so :)
15. What songs get the most play on your iPod?
Happiness from Sam Sparro, Magician Remix. It really puts me in a good mood!
16. A lot of our readers have crushes on you. What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Like I said, there is no perfect date. It’s more an alchemy between 2 people. Humor is also very important to me and intelligence too.
17. Name something you do when you’re alone that you wouldn’t do in front of others.
There so many things I do when alone…
18. What song do you sing at karaoke (or would sing if you had to…)?
My Way by Sinatra :) No but seriously, I avoid singing in general and especially at karaoke.
19. Do you parallel park or drive around the block?
20. Who would you feature as SBOTD?
That would be a hard choice. So many cool female athletes to name here but let’s say Maya Gabeira. She is a big wave surfer from Brazil and she is hot and really talented too.
His wild sense of humor, adventurous lifestyle, and beyond charming personality will make any girl go crazy for him. And with his motto “dying to live”, I am beyond certain Cedric would keep any girl on her toes with audacious dates while laughing all night long. And ladies he never said he was taken so this babe is still on the market and “dating”.
Follow Cedric Dumont on Twitter; @cedskywalker.
(Photo Credit: Cedric Dumont and Red Bull)
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