Sri Lanka B.A.S.E. Tour with Pepe Campos
They say that life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone, but for Garmin ambassador Pepe Campos, we aren’t exactly sure where that would end. Pepe recently participated in the 2016 Sri Lanka B.A.S.E. Tour, the first annual B.A.S.E. jumping event held in Sri Lanka. Jumpers from around the world were invited to enjoy the hospitality, scenery, weather, food and most importantly two epic B.A.S.E. launch points that the island paradise of Sri Lanka had to offer. Our very own Pepe Campos and 24 other B.A.S.E. jumpers launched from the World Trade Center, standing 152 meters high (500ft) – and also happens to be the tallest completed building in Sri Lanka – as well as the Bank of Ceylon, which stands at 105 meters high (344ft).
Pepe was invited to the event by long time B.A.S.E. jumper and friend, Lonnie Bissonette. Lonnie has 1,000+ jumps and is currently a competitor on the first Para Olympic Canadian single man bobsled team. While at the event, Pepe was able to make 15 jumps in total between 5 days.
“On these types of B.A.S.E. jumps where the objects are generally low, we tend to steer away from holding any type of competitions. The jump alone should be the only thing on your mind. However, parachuting requires you to safely land the parachute you just spent a half hour packing. Generally at parachuting events, holding an accuracy-landing competition between the jumpers is warranted as safe practice. Typically being able to land consistently in the same area in various types of weather conditions and altitudes constitutes you as a safe jumper. Myself and three other participants were in contention for the grand prize all week long. It came down to the end where I was able to set down on a target that was about 6”. That bull’s eye put me over the top, making me the overall winner of the competition and I had the privilege of competing against athletes who I look up to in the parachuting industry,” Campos explained.
“The fēnix 3 HR at a glance provides a wealth of knowledge that I use for parachuting, photography and most importantly my health and telling the time. You’re not always able to pull up pertinent information on your smart phone in certain areas of the world. The watch was able to keep track of elevation, keep me updated on sunrise/sunset, which was important when setting up time lapses. One of the greatest features I depend on is the “Heart Rate Broadcast” feature. Utilizing the broadcast feature eliminates carrying one extra piece of equipment, one less battery to worry about and record important data I utilize after a jump or flight. Having the ability to control my Garmin VIRB XE’s with the fēnix 3 HR remotely is very beneficial when I’m setting up multiple remote shots that I’m not able to get to in a timely manner.”
Pepe is a huge inspiration to anyone who craves outdoor adventure and we are so proud to call him an ambassador. His passion for aerial action sports is above and beyond and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Check out Pepe’s Sri Lanka adventure below and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #HaveNoLimits.
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