Team History

Wingsuit Team FlyLikeBrick was founded in 2006, and is currently the longest running team in wingsuit in the sport.

Dutch wingsuit skydivers Costyn van Dongen and Jarno Cordia had been flying wingsuits since 2003. They both loved exploring very creative ways of flying, often referred to as acrobatics. Next to their own personal fun flying pursuits, they also had a strong involvement in helping other beginner wingsuit pilots further their skills via tips and coaching.

Together with German software developer Klaus Reinwald of Paralog, Costyn and Jarno helped develop the initial online Paralog Wingsuit Performance Competition (PPC) as a fun means to compare performance results online, a format that due to Klaus’ efforts would later grow into a successful international competition standard. After several years of fun flying together, they decided in early 2006 to form a more official team, and under that banner they would seek to push wingsuit flying, and especially the acrobatic style of flying.

As FlyLikeBrick they increased their activity within the international wingsuit flying scene, organizing events throughout Europe, and often flying with various talented pilots from all over the world, challenging each other’s skills. Together with several other talented wingsuit flyers, the members of FlyLikeBrick got invited to join the Birdman factory team around 2007. As a team they helped the company test, research and develop several new wingsuit models.

In 2008 their creative flying ideas gave birth to the first acrobatic wingsuit flying competition at Skydive Spa, in Belgium. This involved flying a series of compulsory figures in teams of two performers together with a cameraman. The event was well-received and supported by factory teams and judges from Phoenix-Fly, S-Fly and Tony Suits. The competition format has been successfully applied yearly ever since, and has also sprung many national versions in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and beyond.

The flying they did as a team did not go unnoticed, culminating in an invite from Phoenix-Fly, one of the leading wingsuit manufacturers, to fly and represent the brand in 2008.  Over the years this alliance and team synergy with Phoenix-Fly grew into assisting the company with testing and development of new wingsuit models, in addition to traveling around the world as brand ambassadors.

In the years that followed, FlyLikeBrick team members organized many wingsuit events across the globe. Both individually and as a team, they participated and scored podium places at various competitions. The team has a  proud history,  partaking in acrobatic wingsuit competitions at an international level and always displaying their trademark style of clean flying and positive attitude and podium results.

The team also behind creating the new Phoenix-Fly skydiving team 'Need4Speed', showcasing their skills in a series of annual high skills formation flying events, documented on film.

The team took 1st place at the Intl. Acrobatic Wingsuit Competition in 2013, and again in 2015.  In 2015 FAI/IPC recognized the Acrobatic and Performance flying formats as official competition disciplines, crowning the team’s efforts by adopting the competition format as an international standard.

With the rise of the new Indoor Wingsuit tunnel in Sweden, FlyLikeBrick was again at the forefront of acrobatics and flight development. Involved from the very first phases of testing in 2016, up to creating many of the acrobatics moves and maneuvers that have since become the standard in instruction. Currently the FlyLikeBrick team members are the most experienced and highest skilled indoor wingsuit coaches in the world, including winning the 1st Indoor Acrobatic Wingsuit Competition in 2017.

Over the years, the team has been supported by Alejandro Lopez, Patrick Wake, Rob Bakker and Marcel Verdult in various roles during events and competitions. Currently Jarno Cordia, Benoit Syben and Jenna Gygi form the core team, and will be competing at various national and international competitions worldwide, sponsored and supported by Indoor Wingsuit Flying, Stockholm.


Team Media

FlyLikeBrick at the 3rd Intl. Acrobatic Wingsuit Competition
Performers: Alejandro Lopez, Jarno Cordia
Camera: Costyn van Dongen

FlyLikeBrick at the 5th Intl. Acrobatic Wingsuit Competition
Performers: Alejandro Lopez, Jarno Cordia
Camera: Costyn van Dongen