Apr 23, 2010, 10:49 AM
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Jonathan Tagle, Jeff Nebelkopf, and Phil Peggs (video) have started jumping today for Project XRW. Tagle and Nebelkopf have been docking this morning, and are starting to dial in their relative speeds. This just in: "Tagle surfed my back for about 20 seconds" -Jeff.
Updates, etc. will be posted on the Raise the Sky blog throughout the weekend and next week.
Project Extreme RW (XRW), hosted by Raise the Sky, Operation Freefall, and Skydive Moab, will explore the possibilities of how skydiving’s two fastest growing disciplines can interact in the air. A wingsuit flyer in freefall and a high-performance canopy pilot will come together for every type of interaction made possible by gravity and the skill of the athletes. Performance Designs Canopy Pilot Jonathan Tagle and Tonysuit Wingsuit Pilot Jeff Nebelkopf will work on body surfing, upside-down links, and other never-before-seen configurations.
The XRW launch will take place on the weekend of April 24th at Skydive Moab and will raise awareness of the incredible work of Operation Freefall. Practice jumps at the dropzone will be followed by exclusive footage shot against the backdrop of a red rock canyon. Miss Nevada will do a tandem jump Saturday, April 24th as part of the Operation Freefall event.
Sponsors include Sunpath, Skydive Moab, TonySuits, and Raise the Sky.
two highly loaded canopies doing crew while "surfing" on some wingsuiters.
That would be awesome <writing it on "To Do" list for future sponsorship>!
Today's footage will be on the Raise the Sky blog tonight, once they're done jumping and back at the house with internet access. Today was a warm-up day, Day 1 of a weekend that we hope to turn into a longer running project.
Performance Designs Canopy Pilot Jonathan Tagle and Tonysuit Wingsuit Pilot Jeff Nebelkopf will work on body surfing, upside-down links, and other never-before-seen configurations.
this sounds like some seriously cool stuff! definitely looking forward to seeing pictures and video. sounds like a great way to push the discipline forward and show the amazing skills we are capable of that we hadn't even imagined.
the possibilities that emerge are endless... rodeo passenger transfer from back of wingsuit to front of canopy pilot (mr bill-style), anyone?
you know this is going to have to end with a multi discipline 4 way jump at some point in the future. two highly loaded canopies doing crew while "surfing" on some wingsuiters.
gives a whole new definition to a CRW wrap when you throw some wingsuits in the mix! just remembered that canopy sucked into burble video from the other day. I wonder how easy it might be to get some collapse of the canopy when surfing the back of a wingsuiter, if not careful with it...
kids, don't try this at home
anyway... back to looking forward to pictures and video!
This is gonna be a quick one folks..I'm busy having a blast out here in Moab. Head on over to Raise The Sky for the full write up!
But I won't hold out too much for you guys...so here's a shot from a cloudy practice jump!
Edit to add... It was a really great day. Eli and Skydive Moab have been the best hosts. Our day started at a dream ruining 5:00AM. Thank God Clint has a nice espresso machine!
The dropzone was open and waiting for us to get going, and they kept us going all day! 4 jumps, then the day ended due to freak Moab weather...but it was a great day!
Stay tuned for tomorrows updates...they are going to be great! Operation Freefall starts tomorrow. Miss Nevada arrives late tonight, and will be doing a tandem for SOAR and Operation Freefall tomorrow morning! We have some awesome jumps planned, and I cannot wait see what they can do!
(This post was edited by peggs82 on Apr 23, 2010, 4:05 PM)
They are massively kicking ass again today. They've really dialed in the wingsuit surfing, and they did a jump into Mineral Bottom for very pretty photos. We will post to the Raise the Sky blog again tonight, but we're definitely also hoping a few of the stills will make it into print!
Awesome and like Andrea said ,..please keep all the dynamics in mind and stay healthy . You guys are the absolute very best at what you do ! What an Incredible Future lies ahead for parachuting AND wingsuiting ... Can't wait for the 'stingers' ! ....and stuff we can't even imagine now.
More updates on the Raise the Sky blog are up now with a few photos. Tagle and Nebelkopf wrote their own entries. It was an amazing weekend, and we are grateful to Skydive Moab, Sunpath and TonySuits, and our Raise the Sky charity partner, Operation Freefall.
Everyone is safe and happy, and we're looking forward to a next round of Project XRW! In the meantime, look for photos in an upcoming Parachutist magazine, and once they're published we'll put more online.
One of us will post here when there is some video online very soon. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Now that I've had time to go through all the pictures, watch some of the video, and generally relax, all I can still say is, "wow! we did that?"
I'm super excited to get the pics and video out to everyone, really they are something else. Make sure to have your subscriptions current to all the magazines, because I'm saving the best stuff for them.
For me, it was a weird method of flying. Speed was more important than anything. The second I slowed a bit down to angle a shot, I dropped like a rock. Jeff seemed matched pretty well with Jonathan, or he's just a lot better than I am edit to add I'll have to look up my average fall rates...I wouldn't call it max max flight...but pretty close.
JT was flying a canopy he has competed with in the past.
(This post was edited by peggs82 on Apr 26, 2010, 3:32 PM)
Didn't Luigi Cani and Jeb Corliss do something similar a few years ago?
absolutely right! the image is seared in my memory, as i'm sure it is for many others.
i have a few other snapshots in my brain like that... like seeing Olav flip and flop around a belly round in crosswind. or watching Loic Jean Albert surf down a snowy slope. even recently seeing a wingsuit navigate a slot canyon in "Ready to Go."
these have been magical scenes for me. ones where my conception of what was possible was challenged. not just in skydiving... but beyond.
i came out of this last weekend seeing a few more of those images, and believing that anything is possible... with the possible exception of cheesecake that make you lose weight.
our advances in technology, our ever-broadening skill-sets help make all this possible. as does learning from the past, and honoring it as part of the history.
after seeing what went into all of this, i am personally even more impressed with Jeb and Luigi's vision, talent, and drive than i was before. i am also excited about what new idea may lay around the corner.
Project XRW, and all the parties involved took my breath away this weekend. it reminded me of why i fell in love with the sport in the first place.
i simply love it when people push what is possible. i love the evolution of thought. and i love it when seeing pictures of skydiving gives me goosebumps.
thanks to all for a great weekend. simply amazing.
Didn't Luigi Cani and Jeb Corliss do something similar a few years ago?
Yes, it was on the cover of Parachutist in fact. The first to do it was Jari and Vladi. Jeff Provenzano and I did it in Lake Wales circa 03 as did Loic and Lugi. Jeff P., myself, Chris Martin and scary Perry did it again later on(that picture is in my book and the video is on Youtube) and there is at least one or two other European docks that have happened as well. One of them used to post on here, I believe it was under a small Cobalt canopy if I recall correctly. There is video of it floating around somewhere.