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.
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…)
And the video is released! There is a short and long version, though I personally feel the short version is a bit more exciting. In any case getting to experience shooting some cool stuff for a commercial has been a fantastic experience.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/214371156″>AUDI – #アソビを型破る #スカイチャンバラ</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user62055748″>Kaz Ohata</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Going into the 3-day weekend, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make my 300th jump. Day one and two together only got me to a grand total of 4 jumps bringing me 6 jumps shy of the mark. By some divine act on the third and final day, the sky opened up and so did the slots.
First up on the first load at 9. One slot open on the 10, then another on the 11 o’clock.
The air-worthiness inspection is done and the Tokyo Skydiving Club is open again for business. I packed my bags and got everything sorted on Friday night… Only to wake up late on Saturday morning. (more…)
The last time I was here, I had under 90 jumps and crash-landed on the tarmac. A year and something like over 160 jumps added to my belt between that mildly traumatic memory and now, I was ready to retake DeLand.
This past weekend was my birthday weekend as well as the last weekend for TSC before a 1 month closure for the annual airworthiness inspection.
Being that is was my birthday, everyone showed up… Okay, actually everyone is just trying to get their skydive fix before the inspection. (more…)