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Tandem Base - Never Stop Dreaming and Doing What You Love

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Tandem Base - Never Stop Dreaming and Doing What You Love
Tandem Base was created in early 2009 in Twin Falls, Idaho by Sean Chuma, Mark Kissner, and Abbie Mashaal, becoming the first Tandem Base operation in the world. Some of you might have heard of them already, the company rapidly gained popularity and media attention by the social impact it has made and the inspirational jumps it has been involved with. The most renowned one, that hit the headlines and inspired hundreds, was of a 102-year-old lady called Dorothy Custer jumping off the Perrine Bridge, Idaho’s tallest bridge. It was Sean who took Dorothy on that BASE jump. According to his words anyone can jump.

Sean Chuma is no newbie when it comes to world of BASE jumping. His jump repertoire is quite impressive. He has jumped from the Wisma Sanyan in Sibu, Malaysia, The KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho,  The New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, The Gua Damai Wall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, Greece, Monte Brento, in Arco, Italy, and a lonely antenna in the Midwestern, US to top it off.


KL Tower Tandem Base in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Photo: © Scott Paterson


Tandem Base at Wisma Sanyan in Sibu, Malaysia

If you want to experience what BASE jumping is all about and see why Base jumpers do what they do, Sean Chuma is the man to seek. Normally a person would have to spend years training for BASE.  The standard prerequisite is 200 Skydives before taking a base jumping course.  But with Tandem Base, anyone, with no parachute experience, can get a taste of BASE Jumping.


Dorothy Custer at 102 years-old, jumping with Sean at the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, ID

The company went through an intense experimental phase to research and develop the new sport.  With 2,000 skydives and 3,000 BASE Jumps to his credit, Sean has owned and operated the company on his own since 2011, bringing it to new heights.  And in this time he has done over 320 tandem jumps all over the world. Not a small number if you ask.


Sean Chuma at Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, ID; Photo: © Luanne Horting


Sean Wingsuiting at Monte Brento, Italy; Photo: ©  Maurizio DiPalma

But for Sean it's not only about the adrenaline rush. He has devoted his life and sport to inspire and help others. Working on a new program to help people with spinal cord injuries to be able to take part in the sport of Tandem Base Jumping, this April 18-19, Sean will be taking Pete Bonser, a quadriplegic, on a Tandem jump from the Perrine Bridge.  "This is a huge undertaking," Sean says.  Pete has a dream to jump again and Sean has a vision to offer positive experiences to those who are injured or dying.  “I feel that if i give a person a dream, they can take the experience and build more positivity off of it.  With the right focus and energy miraculous things can happen," Sean adds.


Tandem Base at Monte Brento in Arco, Italy


Tandem Base Moab, Utah; Photo: © Matt Laj

If you feel, it's time to do something extraordinary, Tandem Base offers specialty jumps in exotic locations and can even set up customized jumps to suit your wildest dreams. This year the crew will travel to the KL Tower, Zakynthos Greece, Italy, and other countries, just to name a few. To get in touch with Sean, give him a call at  +1 (208) 546-9873 or drop him a line at [email protected] You can also check his personal webpage on www.seanchuma.com.

Cover Photo: © Maurizio DiPalma

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