The past year has been my most active for my skydiving career. I’ve exceeded the total number of jumps I did last year in just the first half of this year. I was cast in a web commercial for Audi. In Switzerland, I jumped with the best backdrop out of a plane that looks like a school bus with wings. I started flying with a GoPro to capture the wonderful moments, like jumping with my mom. I even had a cutaway. It seemed like skydiving was going to be everything.
October this year was particularly wet at the Tokyo Skydiving Club. We had a few typhoons, one which caused flooding at the DZ taking it out of commission for a week. (more…)
In lieu of bad weather, the scheduled night skydive date had been bumped back a week. What can you do when a typhoon hits? certainly no sky sports for me. That’s why we plan for a rainy day. Motivated skydivers will find a way to continue their playtime.
Imagine the Swiss mountains in the distance. Now imagine those peaks rushing up at you as you plummet towards them from above.
Skydiving with the Swiss terrain in the backdrop is like nothing else. You can do that at the Mountain Gravity Boogie located in Ambri, Switzerland. (more…)
Finally!! My new parachute rig arrived!!
So far I’ve only flown it a handful of times, but nothing compares to having a custom fit rig on your back.
The material is still all very stiff and obviously fresh off the assembly line (which I visited back in February in DeLand, Florida).
I cannot wait to break it in.
Even more, I am glad it arrived in time for my August trip to the Mountain Gravity Boogie in Switzerland!
The USPA recently published a report on the number of skydiving related deaths in an issue of the Parachutist. The trend seems to be that more experienced jumpers attempting to do more technically challenging maneuvers are the ones to meet their maker first.
A postpartum report of incidents makes everything seem silly because everything in retrospect seems simple. As skydivers we need to be cool and calm as we absorb the information and understand the gravity surrounding each incident. It gives you perspective.
Never for a moment should we let ourselves believe that we are immune to mishaps or that even the smallest oversight in detail is no big deal. 99 times out of a hundred, that might be true. But how much would life suck if you were that one percent?
If you skydive, skydive like it’s your last.
Skydive like your life depends on it.
It was a matter of time, but finally I finished my first logbook. The Original one has so much space in it for comments and pictures, which is totally unnecessary when you’re not worried about the quality of jumps so much as making the next load.
I purchased a more suitable logbook for my needs. As seen below, there is less space for details and plenty of lines for the number and type of jumps completed