Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Indoor Skydiving Junior World Champion Kuczyńska takes flight gracefully in Milan.
Acclaimed skydiver Maja Kuczyńska has made a name for herself with stunning choreographed routines, her latest project in the world’s biggest vertical wind tunnel in Italy is the best yet.
The Polish teenager started out in the sport aged just 10, drawing on her gymnastics background to float and spin around like a leaf in the wind.
She revealed, “I was 10 when I was in the tunnel for the first time but I remember that I was laughing and grinning the whole time not even focusing on the instructor because I was just so overwhelmed that I was actually flying!”
Using incredible flexibility and abdominal strength Maja performs amazing tricks, many of which inspired by skateboarding, with each movement potentially throwing the athlete off-balance.
The recently opened Aero Gravity in Milan houses a crystal cylinder measuring eight metres in height which is capable of duplicating the sensations experienced during a jump before the parachute opens.
It features six powerful turbines and can simulate a free fall from an airplane at an altitude of 4500 metres with breathtaking 310 kph blasts of air.
Kuczyńska explained, “I’ve always flown in tunnels that were much much smaller than Aero Gravity Milan, now that a tunnel of such dimensions exists I believe it opens up incredible amounts for the sport.
“I felt like I was tiny inside there, I could go every direction comfortably and not be limited by the caution that usually comes with flying.
“I am now focusing mostly on improving the dynamic of my flying, to both reflect delicacy and power in my choreographies.”