Patrick de Gayardon

Patrick de Gayardon (January 23, 1960 – April 13, 1998) was a French skydiver, skysurfer and a BASE jumper.

De Gayardon was famous for pushing the boundaries of skydiving. He was one of the first people to develop the unique style of skysurfing, in which skydivers use a snowboard to make aerobatic maneuvers. He also made many famous stunts with his wing-suit (sometimes referred to as a “bat suit”).

In 1998 Patrick fell to his death in Hawaii during a skydive with Adrian Nicholas using the wing-suit while testing a modification to his parachute container; his death is attributed to a rigging error he made while making the modification.