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  1. I've done them on a bunch of skydive wings from a Gangster 96 down to a Wairwolf 75. I've also done them on larger speedwings, 140 being the biggest and found it way harder to keep the bigger wings properly pressurised. No extra trimming etc required but as with everything, there is a proper technique.....please get some help if you're gonna try! Sunset barrel roll
  2. Not sure it will be too big a problem, still there are no shortcuts....well unless you count tunnel.....and you'll still need to put the time in. For angle flying it might even help, we're forever trying to get people to de-arch so that they're more like a wing which are...you know stiff and plank like. Head down, it shouldn't matter too much as a straigh spine is whats needed and less movement is generally better. Head up might be more of a problem as you really need to open up your chest and present your back to the relative wind. If you want to do freestyle, the gymnaistics of the sky, then you're probably screwed but I doubt thats your goal anyway.
  3. Got a buddy who wrecked both ankles in a non-skydiving accident and he slides in almost all his landings without any drama, then again he's had a lot of practice at it! The trick is convert all your vertical speed to horizontal and then slide in favouring one buttock as already mentioned. It's important to keep your hands up and canopy in full flight so you can transition to horizontal flight with a well timed decisive flare. Problem is that really nailing your flare takes a lot of practice and during the learning phase you're going to take some knocks. Also this only works when you have a nice smooth landing area, great for the swoop lane but not an option if you're landing off in a ploughed field (or a random rut on the DZ), my buddy has to run those out and they hurt like hell. It's a question of when not if you land out so ask yourself if thats something you can deal with.
  4. That ain't no backflip, it's a pretty standard back tracking exit where they're trying to get their head into the relative wind and start flying.
  5. The Netherlands shares a border with Belgium and you probably won't be too far away from the DZ's there. Schaffen will probably be closest to you and goes to 13000ft.
  6. I'm also 70kg and started my 90's at similar height (~420) on a Sabre 2 it dives more than a Saf2 and possibly more than both the Crossfire 2 & 3, the 3 doesn't dive a whole lot more than the 2. The Gangster from Fluid Wings is the one I'd choose (and I did) due to the recovery arc, I prefer it to the JFX (haven't tried the JFX2) but it's still a high perfomance wing and please please check with some smart people whether you're ready for it!
  7. Can anybody reccommend a Florida dropzone with a freefly event or load organisers on the weekend March 7-8th 2020? I'm going to randomly find myself in the area and was thinking to bring my rig, the higher the level the better HD sequentials would be perfect.
  8. Matey opens and stows his chestrap with a standard buckle at 0:50, takes him about 12 seconds. Damn the music is bad!
  9. Using the power of google..... https://www.adsoftheworld.com/media/film/flystation_love_flying_wind
  10. I used to go ski mountaneering and my sketchy tales freaked my mum out, now she's so happy that I'm doing nice safe skydiving! ;-)
  11. I skydive and speed-ride, the flight characteristics aren't all that different and I'd say a lot of the skills are transferable. As already mentioned traffic is a huge difference and if you're at a busy dropzone with a lot of canopies in the sky you don't really want to be going faster than a significant proportion of the load.
  12. I put a old Sabre 2 120 and a Speed 2000 120 in a V306 and I wouldn't want to go any tighter than that. The Xfire 138 sounds like a really bad idea, especially a crispy new one.
  13. Some numbers for you... http://myskydivingfootprint.com/
  14. I went from a KA97 to a Gangster 90 after trying all the usual suspects and as has been mentioned already it was amazing...good luck finding one!