At Performance Design’s Project Orange event, we asked people why they competed (or not).
October 22, 2013 08:41 PM :: Florida, USA
Back in 1797, on a crisp fall day (I presume, because I have no way to know exactly), Frenchman André-Jaques Garnerin became the first person to make a jump with a parachute, from a balloon. Andre was an avid balloon flyer and is considered the inventor of the frameless parachute.
216 years later things have changed and improved pretty dramatically, and jumpers around the world continue to pursue the boundaries of human flight using parachutes. Except Gary Connery, who that one time choose to go without.
Google is commemorating the day by putting up a fun, interactive doodle, where you can follow in the footsteps of Garnerin and pilot your own little basket suspended under a round to safety. Be warned, that thing picks up quite a bit of speed during the turns!
Visit the Bonjour Paris website to read an article about Garnerin and the first jump.
October 22, 2013 02:01 PM :: Florida, USA
Here’s footage you don’t see every day, a military static line jump into a cold lake near… wait for it… Cold Lake, Alberta. You know what you’re getting into when the city is called Cold Lake. Crazy Canucks.
October 22, 2013 11:50 AM :: Toronto, CA
Instead of landing on a boat like the late Jonathan Tagle, Red Bull Skydive Team member Marco Waltenspiel BASE jumps from the top of the mast of the super yacht, Annagine. In case you have some spare cash lying around and are in the market for a shiny new sailboat, Annagine is currently for sale for a cool $8.9 million (give or take).
October 22, 2013 11:50 AM :: Toronto, CA
The Red Bull Air Force chose the statue of Christ the Redeemer as the location for their latest stunt, performing unseen aerobatics in the Rio de Janeiro sky. Next up, check out Jetman Yves Rossy buzzing Christ the Redeemer with his magical jetpack.
October 21, 2013 12:02 PM :: Toronto, CA
Team Animare DeLand – by DeLand locals Brian and Amanda Festi secured the gold medal in Freestyle at the last USPA Nationals – earning the right to go represent USA at the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championships, held in Dubai November 27th – December 10th, 2013. They will also be heading to the World Skydiving Championships in the Czech Republic in 2014
Amanda and Festi are raising funds for the big trips and training by hosting a Team USA Benefit Yard Sale, taking place in the Performance Designs parking lot here in DeLand on November 2nd.
Best wishes to Amanda and Festi in pursuing their dreams and going after the World Champions title! Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to donate.
October 21, 2013 11:30 AM :: Florida, USA
If all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you?
It’s the hypothetical question people always ask, but as anyone at Bridge Day can tell you: that happens.
What sparks that passion for adventure?
For Christian Newman, it was Bridge Day.
“I came to Bridge Day 2010 as a spectator,” he said. “I was so interested in doing it, I immediately went home and booked a skydiving trip in California.”
And he hit the sky running from there, right on to jump after jump. He took more than 200 skydives, then a BASE course, and by the very next Bridge Day, he made his 100th BASE jump.
“I got after it,” he said. Uh, yeah.
He jumps all over the world, just returning from a trip to Malaysia, and heading to his favorite spot, Moab, Utah, next month.
Once that adventure passion is sparked, it spreads.
Gordon Aanerude’s daughter, Kristen, started rappelling, and brought her dad into the sport, too. She has been to Bridge Day for several years, and this is his 3rd year joining her. They take a few trips a year together, but Gordon says Bridge Day is the prime rappel every year.
“This is the coolest rappel in the world, and the fastest one,” he said. “This is just wide open, and a classic, great drop. Holy cow, the scenery is unbelievable.”
And joining the family for adventure is much easier when your parents own a drop zone, like Landon Gates’s family did. He’s been skydiving since he was 13.
“I got the privilege,” he said. “They were allowed to take me, and no one else at that age.”
Now 21, he’s in his second year as a Bridge Day jumper, along with his father.
If you don’t have family to spread the adventure spirit, there’s always the internet. As a 13-year-old, Tone Staubs, saw pogo stick stunts online and started for himself. Now he’s a pro on the Xpogo team.
“I started trying everything I saw, never put it down and never stopped,” he said. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know you can say you’re one of the best at something in the world.”
And sometimes you find your passion to leap from the fear of the fall.
“I’d been watching the airplane movies when I was a child, and that created a degree of fear that I had to overcome,” said Bridge Day BASE jumper Mark Hall. “I was always worried that when I flew in an airplane that I didn’t have an alternative way out, so I thought I’d learn to skydive so I’d always have a second point of exit, rather than just rely on the pilot. ”
No matter how it’s sparked, Bridge Day welcomes any and all adventurers.
What fuels your passion?
October 19, 2013 08:25 PM :: West Virginia, USA
Don’t miss any chances to win!
Here’s a look at the giveaways and freebies you can find on the bridge. Make sure to grab the goods and enter all the raffles before you leave!
Free Bibles available at both gates.
Raffels & Games
Which freebie or giveaway was your favorite?
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October 18, 2013 07:09 PM :: West Virginia, USA
It took no small amount of nerve to begin skydiving in the 1950s, when the stable delay was still in its infancy and round canopies landed you less than gently. But what took real nerve back then was trying to capture skydiving on film while everyone was still learning how to skydive. Today, skydivers with GoPros record every imaginable frame of weekend geeking, uploading routine jumps to YouTube just minutes after landing; everyone seems to be a camera flyer. They have no idea how hard it was a half century ago.
October 18, 2013 04:47 PM :: Virginia, USA
There is no doubt that skydiving is safer now than it has ever been in the past. Better equipment, better student training, advanced coaching and easy access to wind tunnels have combined to allow skydivers to rapidly improve their aerial skills. But are we now seeing fatalities and injuries caused in part by our new technologies? Lack of altitude awareness, poor canopy control and lack of action or improper action during emergencies have made up a large percentage of the fatalities so far this year. We as a community need to reverse this trend.
October 18, 2013 04:14 PM :: Virginia, USA
After an otherwise uneventful main canopy deployment, a tandem instructor using a United Parachute Technologies system was unable to release a toggle because the steering line had locked itself onto the soft part of the toggle below the grommet and steering line attachment point. He performed emergency procedures, and he and his student landed safely under the reserve canopy.
October 18, 2013 03:55 PM :: Virginia, USA
Maybe it is boredom, maybe it is ignorance of the rules and the additional danger placed on all of the participants, or maybe it’s just a case of trying to be cool and awesome. But each year, tandem manufacturers and USPA hear of tandem instructors who have violated the rules created to make tandem skydiving as safe as possible.
October 18, 2013 03:45 PM :: Virginia, USA
Phew… only broken ribs, a concussion, a misplaced shoe, a missing sock, and a missed competition. Saied went against everyone’s advice and jumped in crappy conditions after a recent downsize, driven by the anxiousness to be ready for a competition in 3 days. So much for that. Glad we can all learn from his non-fatal crash. Fast is slow and slow is fast… or something like that. Now downsize faster and try harder next time, Saied (kidding, kidding :-).
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October 18, 2013 11:48 AM :: Toronto, CA
Not the best advertising for our sport to say the least. A compilation of clips including a parachute on fire, someone landing in power lines, and a fake bounce. Yeeeeeeaaahhhh…. (think Bill Lumberg, Office Space).
October 18, 2013 11:48 AM :: Toronto, CA
by Brian Giboney
Mary Goetsch comes from a family with a rich skydiving history. Her parents, Philip and Carol, were active demo jumpers, competitors, instructors and early proponents of the AFF program. In fact, Goetsch started jumping before she was born: In 1964, her mother made 24 jumps while Mary was still in the womb. In the 1980s, Mary began jumping on her own and now carries on the family tradition as an active demo jumper and instructor. She is a USPA Safety and Training Advisor, Coach Examiner, and Static-Line and AFF Instructor Examiner and holds a PRO rating. Additionally, Goetsch is a private pilot and an FAA Master Rigger, as well as a BASE jumper.
October 17, 2013 08:09 PM :: Virginia, USA
by Adam Martin | B-36896 | Gilbert, Arizona
Starting with the death of my grandfather in December of 2009, my life began to spiral out of control. Over the next two years, I allowed the events happening in and around my family to lead me into a very deep and dark place. After the divorce of my parents and the death of my grandmother, I really didn’t think life could get any worse. How wrong I was! On December 2, 2011, my father, whom I was living with, took his own life.
October 17, 2013 07:43 PM :: Virginia, USA
At its summer meeting, the USPA Board acted to change the Basic Safety Requirements by increasing the minimum deployment altitude for C- and D-license holders from 2,000 feet to 2,500 feet. The 2,000-foot container-opening-altitude minimum has been in place since 1966, a time when parachutes generally opened quickly.
October 17, 2013 07:32 PM :: Virginia, USA
Take an Appalachian flavor tour through the New River Gorge this Bridge Day weekend.
Kick off with Friday night’s WOAY Taste of Bridge Day, then try the festival fare during the event. Afterward, round out the taste tour with a sit-down in local ambiance.
Get a sample platter of the Gorge’s greatest at Taste of Bridge Day the evening before the festival at Smokey’s on the Gorge. But tickets for $1 each, then exchange them for samples. Sit on the deck and scope out the bridge from across the canyon while you indulge.
Several vendors will be serving up appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks. Here are a few hints and sneak peeks of tastes to expect:
Whet your palate? Pick your favorites, or grab a bite of each. The menu is subject to change, but it’s guaranteed to be delicious.
There will also be vendor booths, where you can buy locally made goods, official Bridge Day merchandise and more.
If this list doesn’t drag you in, the scents will! There will be all kinds of flavor to savor along the Bridge.
If you’re in WV, and you haven’t had a pepperoni roll, you really should try one. It’s the state food, and you can rarely find it outside our borders. You can snag one at Gino’s or Pepoli’s Pepperoni Rolls.
Your dining options range from classic concessions and American fare to Greek, Asian and Turkish dishes. There are vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Top it off with a funnel cake, a Bridge Day favorite.
Avoid the “I wish I’d gotten that!” syndrome and check out the options in advance:
Snacks & Desserts:
If you’re staying after for a meal, there’s a chili festival in Fayetteville immediately after Bridge Day, and there are tons of delicious places to stop in and around town.
A few suggestions for local favorites:
You can’t have read that and not gotten hungry! Go get a taste of the New River Gorge?
What’s your favorite New River Gorge restaurant?
October 17, 2013 04:56 PM :: West Virginia, USA
In case you were curious, this is what it’s like to skydive over Burning Man (2013). Black Rock City becomes a temporary metropolis of 68,000 people/artists for the week of the festival, and here’s what it all looks like from the top floor.
October 17, 2013 11:56 AM :: Toronto, CA
Whoa, looks like this kid is 8 years old, maybe younger? Here’s video of his first jump, a tandem. A tandem that also goes angle flying. Sweet first skydive, that’s for sure! Love the happy smiles and high-fives when they all land safely. Curious… what’re your thoughts on children skydiving?
October 16, 2013 12:01 PM :: Toronto, CA
Each day during Lord of the Strings we’ll be doing a new and fresh bracket. The evening prior we’ll select who will compete against who in a random draw to be held at the Bird House(for those new to ZHills, that’s the bar.) We’ll select the names in random from a hat, so each day you’ll be starting off competing against someone new.
Here’s a list of the events we’ll be doing for each bracket. There will be one bracket for distance, one for speed, and one for accuracy.
Dragging Speed Carve- We’ll back up the entry gate to put the first 4 gates on the water and we’ll replace the inside buoys with balls on the water. You’ll be timed from entry to exit, but you’ll be required to drag a foot(or hand, or head, or knee) through gates one,two, three, and four.
6 meter wide speed carve-It’s just like it sounds, we’ve made the course skinnier. Keeping in the course while not taking it out will be the challenge here.
Long distance-aka ‘old school’ distance. 5 ft entry and on vertical extension at 50 meters.
Carving distance-it looks like a speed course, but there’s no timers. competitors must stay below the 5 foot markers until the last gate then they fly for the longest distance they can make.
In lane drag-There is no entry gate in this event. There are zones the entire duration of the pond and you choose how deep you want to set down on the water. The more water distance you drag, the higher your score. But don’t forget to save enough to exit on the land, a ‘chow’ will score you a zero.
Narrowing water gates- Gate 1 will be the standard 10meter wide. As you drag through the course the gates will become narrower until you reach the gate 4 balls which will be only 2 meters apart.
Hula Hoop Accuracy-Zones 1-4 are the same. Zone 5-7=-17. Zone 8=-36. Hulahoop=75. Stand-up rule applies. If you drag all the water and stand up in the hoop, that’s 125 points!
October 16, 2013 11:06 AM :: Florida/California, USA
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October 15, 2013 03:13 PM :: West Virginia, USA
Bridge Day is only days away! Get your game plan together!
Bridge Day brings in vendors and entertainment from all over! Here’s a list of vendors and a map of the festivities to give you an idea of where to go and what to expect.
We have so many amazing vendors this year, and we hope you stop by each!
Here are just 10 of the many we’re looking forward to:
Our sponsor, Subaru, will be engraving dog tags for Bridge Day visitors in exchange for donations to the New River Humane Society. Stop by their booths, (1) and get something nice for your pet while doing something to help other animals in need as well. (Plus, it’s a great way to make it up to Fido for not being allowed to join you at Bridge Day!)
Do you want to see part of the behind-the-scenes of BASE? Jumpers will be packing their parachutes at booth 13. Watch & learn!
Want to share your photos? Suddenlink will have a free Wifi hotspot set up at booths 67-69 so you can quickly share your Bridge Day experience. We’d love if you share your pictures with us, too! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #BridgeDay or mention us, @bridgeday.
And, Suddenlink will also give you your own “I Walked the Bridge” certificate to remember your Bridge Day by!
Get into the action with a rock climb or a jump on the Fun Factory’s climbing wall and bounce station at booth 175.
Complete your Bridge Day outfit! IWI athletics will be selling official Bridge Day hats at booth 16. Snag the accessory now, sport it on the bridge, then use it next summer to shield your eyes from the sun when you’re adventuring.
The fourth in the official Bridge Day shirt series will be out this year! Get one at the official Bridge Day tents or at the Sustain U Clothing booth (29), and add it to your collection of commemorative tees.
You picked it, now get it while you can! The official 2013 Bridge Day poster, designed (and signed) by rappeller Amber Lehmann, will be at the Bridge Day tents on either end of the bridge.
Need a snack? Snyder will be giving out samples of various chip flavors! Pick your favorite at booths 189 and 190, and refuel for more Bridge Day fun.
Not sure what else to do while you’re in town? Visit WV Tourism at booth 116, or the Southern WV Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at booth 115, and they can can tell you all about the local attractions, eats, adventure, shopping and more. Let them know what you’re interested in, and they can help you plan the rest of your New River Gorge trip!
New River Episcopal Ministry will be giving out free children’s books at booth 140 for kids and families! Pick one up and read it together later.
That’s not even close to all. Freebies, raffles, giveaways, games— SO many of this year’s vendors are bringing something exciting for you to do. Because that’s what it’s all about: fun!
In addition to these few we’ve listed, local crafters will be selling handmade goods, food vendors will be serving up dishes of all sorts, and organizations will be giving out useful information.
Seriously, there are 130+ booths. You won’t run our of things to do or see.
Which booth are you most excited to stop by?
October 15, 2013 02:54 PM :: West Virginia, USA
October 15, 2013 01:25 PM :: Colorado, USA
Chuck Norris and awesome angle flying, that’s what’s up! I mean, who doesn’t like classic bits of Chuck mixed in with wicked tracing jumps from this year’s Funshine Boogie 2013? These guys are working on keeping up with Chuck at next year’s boogie. And just remember: Chuck Norris doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter… he’s already following you.
October 15, 2013 11:56 AM :: Toronto, CA
No more feeling inadequate and leaving your girlfriend/wife/mistress with the time to question why she’s even with you. BASE Girl Glair Marie showcases Bra Be Gone™ — a revolutionary new quick-release cutaway bra. DISCLAIMER: While practical and efficient, this bra does not guarantee you’ll get laid or will improve your sexual performance.
October 15, 2013 11:56 AM :: Toronto, CA
If there’s anyone who knows how to make awesome videos, it’s Devin Super Tramp. Enjoy this BASE jumping bit with Marshall Miller and friends as they fall with style off of bridges and hot air balloons. #BuyAFord #MercaFuckYeah
October 14, 2013 11:50 AM :: Toronto, CA
Jimmy Pouchert from Apex BASE Moab told you about the 2013 Go Fast Games in Puente Baluarte, Mexico, in issue #45. Remember how sketchy he said the landing area was? In his words,
…you must be a canopy wizard to set up in the right place before you enter to be able to hit the mark. I personally love to challenge myself with technical landing areas, but I was like, “Whoa, this is intense.” We had just invited 50 friends to jump into one of the most technical landing areas we had ever seen, anywhere. Uh, oh. There was a very distinct possibility that one of our friends could be seriously injured or killed at this event, no kidding.
I read it of course, and thought, “Yeah, tough landing area.” I even saw the pictures and thought, “Oh, that’s tight.” But then I watched Episode 2 of Planet Douggs, the sweet-ass web series Douggs is up to lately, and “Whoa, this is intense.” became a wild understatement. See for yourself. Could you do it?
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October 11, 2013 03:35 PM :: Florida, USA
My boy John Berry thought he’d have some fun with an old Jumbo ParaCommander at Skydive Spaceland. Little did he know that he packed himself a line over and had to ride a reserve manufactured in 1955 (container was a B4 belly mount). First cutaway on a round? Yes way, Johh. Yes way!
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October 11, 2013 11:53 AM :: Toronto, CA
Some of you may find this disturbing to watch, but this (older) video highlights the very real and potentially deadly effects of hypoxia on a high altitude jump. In this particular case, all of the skydivers on this plane had varying degrees of hypoxia by the time they climbed to 21,000 feet. Clearly there was miscommunication during the briefing, because the pilot wasn’t aware there were two separate O2 valves; one for him and one for the jumpers. That said, the purpose of posting this video isn’t to blame anyone, it’s to learn about something that is very serious and can affect us without even knowing it. Remember, these jumpers were high as a kite and had no idea what was going on — one of them even “woke up” mid-freefall without knowing how he got there. Scary stuff.
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October 11, 2013 11:53 AM :: Toronto, CA
It’s not exactly a secret that skydivers love free stuff – with a passion so burning hot it could melt the ice caps. Skydivers also like to play, and many jumpers have been known to avoid growing up altogether (or at least get thoroughly in touch with their inner child any time they step a foot on a dropzone).
We approached our advertisers – makers & sellers of awesome skydiving gear – and asked a couple if they would be willing to donate some goodies to our readers to allow us to test the format out. The answer was a resounding yes, so we set off to make it happen. Thus idea of The Hunt was born. From here on out, as long as we have willing participants, each issue of Blue Skies Magazine will have a little something something hidden on the pages of the magazine. It can be a logo, photo, mug shot, word, a sentence, a spirit animal or whatever else we might come up with. The item can be hidden in a photo, be its own photo, be an illustration, a part of an illustration, hiding in a feature, lying low on your address label, or whatever else the Head Gamemaker (aka esteemed Graphics Dude) can think of. The only exception is advertisements. Ads may hold clues or suggestions, but the item you are searching for won’t be a part of an ad. To keep you on your toes, we reserve the right to change the rules at any time, for any reason.
Each month, we will publish a post (like this one!) to notify you that there is a new Hunt up and running. They difficulty will vary, and the prizes will vary. Once you think you have hunted down the item in question, note down the page number and visit The Hunt page to submit your answer. The Hunt will on average be open for 7-10 days, to allow the magazine to reach as many readers as possible. If you are not a current subscriber, you can fix that here, or pester your friend(s) to borrow a copy. You do not need to be a subscriber to win. For current subscribers, we should point out that sharing the page number with your friends does not increase YOUR odds of winning, but may back to you in the form of good Karma.
At the end of the Hunt, we will randomly select a lucky winner from the correct answers. Winner will be notified via email and must respond, so that we can verify mailing address and/or get any other information needed for the prize. If we do not get a response within 72 hrs, the winnings will roll down to the next randomly drawn name. For the first Hunt, we are opening the gates early and leaving them open about two weeks. In the future, The Hunt will only be on for 7-9 days during the latter half of the month.
3 Ring Necklace is our first Hunt sponsor and will be donating a handmade 3 Ring Necklace to a lucky winner! Please feel free to visit their Facebook page or website to browse their goods and say thanks for playing!
Since this is our first hunt, we will draw a couple more random prizes out as well. Lucky random players will have a chance to win a Blue Skies Mag t-shirt, a SkyGod t-shirt, a free 1yr US subscription, stickers and such. Winners will be contacted via email to verify that mailing address provided is accurate. Same 72 hr response rule applies (see above). Now let’s get playing, and may the odds ever be in your favor!
Now that you are up and up on the rules, visit the Hunt page for your clue, grab a copy of the October issue of Blue Skies Magazine (issue #47) and get to work.
The Fine Print: we reserve the right to change the rules and game format at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. We are not planning on it – but you just never know. Plus, it’s not really a real game unless there is fine print, is it?
October 11, 2013 03:20 AM :: Florida, USA
October 10, 2013 02:22 PM :: West Virginia, USA
Oh heck yes, the train! A go-to fun exit that’s easy to put together, safe to launch, fun to fly, and who the hell knows how they’re gonna go?! The first one in this video goes as planned, the second one not so much — bug dang does that girl hang on! You know it’s time to let go when the person at the back can high-five the person at the front of the train.
October 10, 2013 11:51 AM :: Toronto, CA
Mmmm hhmmm, wingsuit pilot Raphael Dumont “lands” his wingsuit “on water”… “without a parachute.” In other news, with the help of 18,000 cardboard boxes, Gary Connery became the first person in history to land a wingsuit without a parachute back in May 2012. Ok, now it’s your turn. Go ahead, Captain Obvious, tell us what you think about this water landing in the comments…
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October 10, 2013 11:51 AM :: Toronto, CA
Hungarian wingsuit BASE jumper Viktor Kovats died yesterday in China after hitting the mountain on his first qualifying run for the Red Bull World Wingsuit League Grand Prix Finals. Search and rescue teams located Kovats’ body in mountainous, tree-covered terrain several hours after the initial accident. Kovats was an experienced jumper and an avid wingsuit flyer. The exact cause of the incident is not known; news reports cite a gust of wind or technical errors as possible factors.
This incident, the last in a long string of proximity fatalities of late, is prompting a strong response and discussion in the proximity-flying community. On their Facebook page, the World Wingsuit League (WWL) states that they will conduct a thorough review of the events leading up to this accident and adopt appropriate changes for future competition.
The ProBASE World Cup has also brought attention to the topic on their Facebook page by raising the issue of safety, urging organizers to take a look at procedures at high profile events. ProBASE suggest look ing at items like mandatory rescue helicopters, professional rescue teams and other safety measures in place to be implemented at all professional wingsuiting events. Visit the ProBASE World Cup Facebook page to join the discussion.
October 09, 2013 09:16 PM :: Florida, USA
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October 08, 2013 10:48 PM :: Chicago, USA
October 08, 2013 07:00 PM :: Colorado, USA
We know what you’re doing Saturday morning and afternoon, but there’s lots of entertainment for the rest of the weekend, too.
October 08, 2013 04:07 PM :: West Virginia, USA