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Everything posted by Kalrigan

  1. First things first. Stop saying "fail/failed/failing". You're not failing, you're practicing. Failing is if you simply walked away accepting defeat of some sort, but you're not doing that. You're just practicing. Just like basketball players practice shooting, just like soccer players practice free kicks or corner or whatever, just like olympians practice their routines/tricks etc... Realistically think about it, you have about 6 minutes of practice. What have you gotten really good at after 6 minutes of practice? Nothing. You need to think of it like that, you need to relax, and remember that you're doing this for fun. FUN, that's the most important part. Does it matter if you have to repeat a jump to practice it more? No absolutely not, as long as you're having fun and learning from every jump, pulling on time, and landing safely that's what your concern should be. The more stress you put on yourself the worst you will perform. Remember that repeating some jumps doesn't represent the type of skydiver you will become in the future. Many sky ninjas and rockstars repeated jumps as well, and if you were to see them now you would think they were born to fly. One of the best belly flyers I know had to repeat a bunch, hell one jump about 8 times yet here we are years later and it's a completely different image. Skydiving isn't easy, not only do you have new skills to learn like in every other sport/activity but also you have to do them while you're fighting your basic human instinct by jumping out of a plane, a place where we biologically don't belong. It "clicks" when you remember fun, when you remember that you're practicing, and when you land safely and enjoy the skydive for what it was no matter the "result". Don't walk away if you actually enjoy jumping, that would be considered failure. Everything else is just fun. Enjoy it. PS: Best relaxing tip I can give you is to smile. That did wonders to me when I started. It helps your body relax.
  2. Fair enough, and it makes sense. I guess yeah. So let's say $2000 Canadian, would that be a great price?
  3. So I have a Pilot 150 that was manufactured in 2014 or 2015, 300 jumps on it. Canopy is still clean and no patches anywhere nor are they needed, only packed indoors, only jumped in clean grassy areas, lines are clean as hell and all of that. I ordered it custom, and I'm the only owner of the canopy. I took really good care of it. Been thinking about selling it but having a hard time putting a price on it. Brand new they're like 2285, so if we follow the general rule of $1 per jump, would that be a reasonable price to sell?
  4. Wow, that's a lot of competitive jumps. What made you lose the desire to compete? Was it boredom or the insane amount of work you need to put into it and the sacrifices etc...? I agree though about the tricky jumps and communication. I love having those difficult jumps with 2-3 other friends and we nail them in a very reasonable and solid way. It feels extremely rewarding and satisfying.
  5. Haha, fair enough. Hey man, who cares about numbers. Jump when you feel like jumping and enjoy it. Doesn't matter if you won't ever reach 5000, that's not the important part of skydiving. You and I feel the same way about sitting by the door, I absolutely love it, a bit uncomfortable because funny enough you're scared to fall out but yeah. I loved that when I was on belly still, always by the door, chill, relax, enjoy the wind if the door is open. Then when I started freeflying I ended up getting stuck in the middle of the plane or sometimes at the end, hated it so much haha. Now that I'm doing pretty much mostly angle flying, I tend to leave the plane first so I'm happily back at the door. I literally had the same though at Summerfest last year when I was sitting by the door and it was open, thought to myself: Oh man, not many people in the world get to do this, just sit on the edge of the airplane with the door open.
  6. That's fair, you knew exactly what you wanted. I got into the sport not really knowing where I'll end up. That's so awesome, good luck man. Right? I had that feeling too. Every time I've tried something new, it's like learning how to fly all over again and it's new and exciting like all the way at the beginning.
  7. Better catch up, there are a bunch of new disciplines you're right. :P
  8. So do you jump with the same 3 other people all the time? Like a legit team kinda thing or were you speaking in general? Do you guys compete or do it for your own personal satisfaction?
  9. I've seen some crew dogs around, I have a couple of friends who do crew and you are right, they are very welcoming. Crew scares the hell out of me though, I think that and swooping are the 2 things I will never really be able to get into in skydiving. It is incredibly beautiful to watch though from the ground. Any scary or thrilling experiences you could share? Time for dollar though, didn't think of that haha. Nice.
  10. Which disciplines have you tried and which one(s) did you stick to and why exactly? I'm hoping to hear more than just "I enjoy it the most", thanks captain obvious but wanna hear more, why that one more than others.
  11. BH gotta have the ugliest fucking helmets I've seen.
  12. Ok I know fuck all about this sport when compared to most people here, this is my 3rd season right now, but I've seen hundreds of AFF/PFF students jump and everywhere I've seen them they were able to grab the door. It's really strange that you're not allowed, I'm trying to compare it to my personal experience and it actually feels pretty damn uncomfortable if I were a student.
  13. The sexiest style of HU flying I've ever seen goes to Martin. Black helmet, black visor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5H3W8oe5Bg
  14. Vertical is my favorite. Vlady has a really really high quality product. I own the Raptor and it's the greatest piece of clothing I have ever worn.
  15. I'd be flying out Friday (4 days from now) and be there for 2 weeks. Thanks SO much for checking, it means a lot, I really appreciate it. That's reassuring news - I'd be curious to know where they plan on sending that 1 plane, probably to the dessert would be my guess, but that's a pretty uneducated guess. Your guess is as good as mine man, I have no clue. They will probably base that decision on potential business to be honest. I'll see if I can get a bit more info in 2-3 days again. Maybe an update or anything at all.
  16. did you see the pictures of the plane ? That should take a couple of days But it is not the only plane on their fleet anyways... They're down to 1 plane at the Palm and 1 plane at the desert. Not much space left for fun jumpers, especially at the Palm.
  17. I was just planning to book a trip this January to Dubai for Palm Jumping, came here to see if anyone posted anything haha. When is your trip supposed to be? I just got in touch with a friend there, apparently they are awaiting for airplanes to arrive now, one already has and is getting painted right now while no ETA on the other so far. That's all I could find out.
  18. The only DZ I've visited that requires an AAD even for experienced jumpers in Ontario is Skydive Toronto unless you are doing hop'n'pops. Are the other ones around (PST, Gan, Burnaby etc...) not considered big enough?
  19. Well to be fair, in your first post you said you have only 80 jumps on the 150, and looking into a pretty forgiving canopy Sabre 2 135 that you will load at 1.46 wing loading with only 200 jumps. See where the idea of "stupid, irresponsible person" came from?
  20. You know fuck all about that canopy with only 80 jumps on it. I have 226 jumps on my 150, and I still get surprised every once in a while. I also weigh a lot less than you, and have taken a few canopy courses with PD as well.
  21. I myself only have a Vertical FF suit, but I have a friend who had a Vertical RW suit and it was absolutely incredible, just like the FF suit. Vlady makes some great shit, worth every penny.
  22. you also have to pay for coach jumps till you get your A license yes? Isn't that the case at 90% of DZs? Or am I just set in our Canadian ways?