Base Jumpers Sam Hardy and Karlee Ayers are rising to fame as the world’s most daring couple.

They say that experiencing death-defying moments together strengthens their relationship.

Sam from Dorset and Karlee from California, first met at a skydiving centre in California, and now spend most of their time together jumping off some of the best exit points in the world, not to mention tall buildings.

Karlee is from Mendocino, California, USA and attended Mendocino Community High. She started skydiving at the age of 17 and her whole family jumps too.  Sam is from Dorchester, Dorset, England and attended the Thomas Hardy School. He started jumping at the age of 17 in Madrid, then worked as a climbing and kayaking guide in France, Africa and Nepal, before returning to skydiving a few years later.

The couple have been filming their exploits over the last year capturing their base jumps with creative camera angles. They call themselves Los Bandidos and have signed a contract with EpicTV. Their videos are becoming so popular that they recently made an appearance on Channel 4’s Rude Tube with their Ep.2 video jumping as a couple, available at http://bit.ly/17HCFs0.

Here is Sam & Karlee’s story

by Sam Hardy, November 2013Karlee and I have been together for just over a year now and it’s been an action packed adventure with a love story mixed in.

We first met at a skydiving centre in California and liked each other immediately. We had so much in common – ambitions, music, views on life and more. We are also both from big families, which made for lots of conversation. A few weeks after meeting we missioned down to a skydiving boogie in Elsinore, which was epic. Late on the Sunday evening afterwards, we made a spontaneous decision to go to Vegas for a 12 hour five star gambling experience.

We are both full time skydiving instructors teaching freefly, wingsuit and tandem masters. Karlee started skydiving at the age of 17 and you could say she was born into it because her whole family jumps too. She now has 8 years experience with over 6,000 jumps and three world records to her name. She is a rad but humble chick. As for myself, I started jumping at the age of 17 in Madrid but continued my climbing and kayaking guide jobs in France, Africa & Nepal, before returning to skydiving. I now have three years full time experience, 1,500 jumps to my name and a passion for wing suiting and base jumping.

Our adventures continued after Vegas – we drove from North California down to Mexico on a 3,500 mile mission through the mountains and danger zones. We spent 5 months living in a beautiful house together on Mexico’s west coast, skydiving every day as well as climbing and surfing. I will never forget when we jumped a building on New Year’s Eve during the countdown! We were 350ft up at the height the fireworks were exploding, just about to jump… and this was when I fell in love with the girl of my dreams.

Our European trip began with our camper van early this year. We base jumped in Switzerland, Italy, France and Belgium. We spent three months flying through the mountains, living next to the rivers and sharing the most beautiful experience together. I will admit it was sometimes difficult to stand on an exit point holding the hand of the person you love, not knowing whether or not they would survive this jump.

We filmed our trips over the last year and had them edited by Burned Head, a friend of ours called Mike Safa from Belgium. We have also just signed a contract with epictv. Our videos have gone viral in the UK and USA, capturing amazing base jumps with some awesome camera angles. Ep.1 was set in France when I based jumped off a moving van over a bridge. Ep.2 was based in Chamonix with an insight into our lives and relationship. Ep.3 will be out soon with some great base jumps in Switzerland. Ep.4 will be out in November with some wing suit base jumping in Italy.

Los Bandidos is our name. Here are the links to our videos:

·       Ep.1: http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/man-base-jumps-off-bridge-from-moving-van—elemental-ep-1/235848

·       Ep.2: http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/huge-proximity-wingsuit-base-jumps-in-france-ooh-la-la-%7C-los-bandidos-ep-2-/245713

·       Ep.3: http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/base-jumpin–guitar-rippin-%7C-los-bandidos-ep-3/251529

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