StoppieJoe

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  1. StoppieJoe

    Safire 2 vs Safire 3 vs Sabre 2

    I’ve flown the Safire 2 and the Sabre 2. Going to be searching for a 190 soon and wanted to know how the Safire 3 compares? Anyone flown it? I’ve heard it’s more docile than the other two and has a shorter recovery arc... is that true? Which one of these platforms would best prepare me to go to a crossfire in a few hundred jumps?
  2. StoppieJoe

    Fear

    I also turned away when he reached about 100 ft. I knew what was going to happen and I heard the sound quite clearly as it echoed off of the rocks. I’m so so so happy I didn’t be keep watching for the impact. One of the the hardest things about it in the beginning was the fact that when I saw him pitch and start spinnng, I got excited because I had also never watched a cutaway frim start to finish. I thought “it’s rick, he’s got this, awesome I get to seen EPs in person.” And then it very quickly hit me that I wasn’t going to see them work. I’ve made 15 jumps since the incident and it’s getting easier but it’s still so rough. It fucked me up.
  3. StoppieJoe

    Fear

    It’s not really a fear in the sense of “I’m scared to go skydive”. I’m perfectly fine once I get on the plane. It’s more the flashback of what i saw that is lingering creating an extremely uneasy feeling that i can only call “fear”. My question is less about fear of the sport and more about dealing with the mental image of my friend riding a reserve pc all the way in. The image and sound is what i am having trouble getting over. I guess I could probably say I have a small amount of gear fear because of it. I have always been told “trust your gear, your eps will work” and then I watched it not work. As much as I remind myself that what happened was a 1 in a million accident, and that most of the time it will work and I will be fine as long as I stack all f the odds in my favor and don’t royally fuck up. But still that image persists in my head. Being around this sport since I was 3 years old means I’ve known people who have gone in. I’ve been on the dz when things have happened before. I’ve just never witnessed it until 5 months ago.
  4. StoppieJoe

    Fear

    Lol I love Brian and have asked him this same question in person. What I am looking for is more of how people deal with it on the ground, when you’re not jumping. I’m wanting advice from personal experience, not psychological training for when I am in the air. The ground time, when I am actually in my head, is what is getting to me, not the jumps.
  5. StoppieJoe

    Fear

    For those of us who have witnessed a fatality first hand, I want to ask some advice. How do you deal with the fear and fucked up mental state that witnessing a fatality causes? I love skydiving. It has been a part of my life for ALL of my life and I want to keep doing it for a long time, but After watching a fatality in October, I have had an extremely hard time mentally. How do you deal with that image and fear that stems from it?
  6. StoppieJoe

    Skyhooks/MARDs

    Recently watched a fatality that I and quite a few others believe a skyhook would have prevented.... So my question is this: What reasons, if any, would a jumper choose not to have a MARD? This is a question regarding ALL disciplines: Video, WS, RW, freefliers ect. I dont care. Just curious as to what potential issues a MARD could cause and why it would be worth it to not have one....
  7. StoppieJoe

    Nick Benigni

    The railroad tracks are on the driveway to the dropzone. We all saw it happen and we were the first responders. Just incase anyone wanted to know.