The body of daredevil skier, BASE jumper and speed-flying champion Antoine Montant was found Sunday in the French Alps, a day after his girlfriend had reported him missing.
Montant, 30, had embarked on a solo BASE jumping wingsuit expedition in the Haute-Savoie region. His main parachute had not been deployed.
The Frenchman clearly enjoyed life to its fullest. He was the national acrobatic paragliding champion from 2006 to 2008. He was first to combine acrobatic paragliding and BASE jumping and made what’s still a record 120 tumbles while paragliding. (BASE jumping is parachuting from a stationary object and paragliding is flying beneath a fabric wing similar, in some respects to a hang-glider.)
Montant had won the Speed Flying Pro Les Arcs in France for the past three years. (Speed flying blends skiing with paragliding.)
Planetmountain.com described Montant as “a visionary explorer capable of living a reality which most considered pure madness. He breached the borders of what was hitherto believed skiable: thanks to his extraordinary paragliding ability he managed to ski the mountains like no one else before him.”
Montant learned many of his skills from his brother, Valery, who perished in an accident in 2006.
Justacro.com stated, “They both were living simply for their passions, not for the show or to become famous, but for the real spirit of their beloved sports up in the mountains.”
A comment on the Justacro website reads, “You will be missed by all the Speed-Flying community — RIP. “
Above is a video showing helmet-cam footage of Montant sliding on the rail of the old cable car in Chamonix last December. Sincerest condolences go out to the athlete’s family and friends.
– Image is courtesy of Red Bull