I guess base has really progressed when a guy with 11 student base jumps can start giving base instruction, and a guy with 1 base jump gives him a raving review.
I don't care how many videos that Sonic has watched, or how many skydives he has, or how much he has talked to actual base jumpers. He is unqualified to be even talking about base jumping, much less instructing people on it. Forget about the rig that is nothing more than a copy of all the other 2 pin rigs on the market; it is irrelevant to the issue of a completely inexperienced base jumper trying to re-invent himself as a base instructor.
(PS: I've know Sonic since 99' through swooping, something he is highly qualified to instruct in)
Would you let a guy with 11 skydives teach skydiving, even if he was a world champion paraglider? Of course not. the fact is Sonic knows as much about base as a 15 year old Mountain Dew addict who has watched 1000 videos on youtube. Pretty much nothing because you don't learn about an activity by watching, you learn about it by doing.
Sonic: Leave base jumping to base jumpers. Better yet, take a couple years and go out and make several hundred jumps from dozens of different objects, you know, actual base jumps. Thats not asking much when you are playing with peoples lives. You don't know shit and other people are going to pay the price for ego and $$$.
Here is what I imagine an interview with Sonic about this would sound like:
Regis: So Sonic how many base jumps do you have?
Sonic: 11, but they were 11 really hard jumps. Everyone knows that NRGB and Perrine are advanced sites. If I was aloud to I would jump a really tall cliff because thats high enough to be an actual skydive, and I really do know something about that.
Regis: So with these 11 jumps you felt experienced enough to not only design gear, but to create an instruction course?
Sonic: Absolutely! You see I have over 5000 skydives, and when you skydive you use a parachute. When you base jump you use a parachute. See?
Regis: See what?
Sonic: Its just a parachute whether you skydive it or base jump it.
Regis: Are you a skydiving instructor?
Sonic: I have over 5000 skydives.
Regis: OK. So I understand that you are an FAA certified master rigger?
Regis: How many rigs have you personally sewed together, and jumped?
Sonic: Well, none, unless you count the old Racer that I made a 3 pin bridle for. Thats why I got the people at Jump Shack to build them for me. Its not really a base rig, its just a 50 year old skydiving harness with an old belly wart reserve. But hey, a parachute is a parachute when you're skydiving.
Regis: You mean base jumping?
Sonic: Whatever, same thing, still with a parachute, right?
Regis: Uh, yeah. So will you ever make a base jump off anything other than a simple bridge?
Sonic: Absolutely not. Thats illegal and I'm not about all of that sneaking around stuff. For myself and my target customers its all about legal skybasing, err parachuting. You know, jumping.
Regis: So if a cliff, building, or antenna were legal you would jump it?
Sonic: Absolutely not. I've only got 11 jumps from bridges, are you crazy? Besides, I'm not aloud to jump that stuff; you could get really hurt or killed doing that
Regis: But you are willing to instruct students on how to do just that?
Sonci: Absolutely! You know the old saying, those who can do, those who can't teach?
Regis: Uh yeah. So do you see any kind of credibility problem with the fact that you don't and never want to actually go out and base jump?
Sonic: Absolutely not. I have over 5000 skydives.