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    BSBD Darrell Dunafon

    Good news, one of Darrell's friends found the piece and salvaged it before it disappeared. thanks everyone for helping solve the mystery. t.
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    BSBD Darrell Dunafon

    Shortly after Darrell's passing we held a silent auction during his ash dive to raise money for a memorial to hang at Skydive San Marcos, his mom and dad drove from Tucson to attend. It was a cathartic event for Darrell's family, Skydiver and BASE friends. The event brought some closure to the many who loved and respected him. Darrell's memorial, a stained glass piece has hung in the packing room at SSM for over 9 years. When Skydive Spaceland purchased SSM they had a different esthetic in mind for their DZ and removed all the photos and art from the walls and left them available for whomever wanted them. Unfortunately Darrell's glass was in the mix. I'd like to thank Thomas the DZM and all the staff at Skydive Spaceland San Marcos that I spoke to today for helping today in my search for this commemoration to a life well lived. I would very much like to recover this art for his parents who grieve for their son every day and will, until the end of days. Darrell's glass is my avatar, i was unable to upload the image. Note: Lucky, your post was unkind.
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    spiral down

    spiral down was mentioned in a recent post and I confess to not being familiar with this maneuver. could someone please provide info/video? seems like a good skill to have. thanks.
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    RIP Orly King

    i am so sorry to hear this. Orly King was a natural teacher. he taught me to never stop flying my canopy. this was after i almost landed on top of him when a sudden crosswind @ 15ft surprised the shit out of me and I reacted poorly. when I landed he said, "never stop flying your canopy". that was it. simple and to the point. gotta love that teaching methodology. this was years ago and I've never forgotten his words. I've carried them with me on every jump since. rest in peace Orly, you are and will always be, influential. teresa
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    Danger of butt landing?

    butt landings in general are a bad idea. i'd be more concerned with compressing the discs over time than actually breaking my back. someone with a b license or higher that can't land their canopy needs to either upsize or take a canopy control class. they need to learn how to maximize their flare. there are quite a few simple tricks one can employ to get the most lift from the canopy. some of them include: building up speed before final, loosening the chest strap to open the canopy up more and flairing completely and on time. i suspect that many new jumpers are flying older gear that was bought used, canopies with alot of jumps on them fly and land differently. this needs to be taken into consideration. i used to jump a spectre that had so many jumps on it that it was like flying a reserve, it was so porous...i would adapt by building up speed before my final. there are good ways and bad ways to do this. sinking in and releasing is a good way to build up speed. speed = lift, carving in works great to build up speed but this is a VERY, VERY bad idea for a newbie that may not have the experience to calculate how low they are or when there are alot of people in the air. so don't do it until you have mastered your canopy skills. you can totally screw everyone behind you. save this for method for later...just saying. learn to flare, and flare well. loosening your chest strap will inflate the canopy more and maximize your flare, but keep in mind that you will also fly further. i relate timing my flare and point that i'll be landing with rollerblading, always look ahead to where you are going, don't look down. focus on the horizon. this is how i've learned to land my canopy. i'm sure there are many opinions on the subject and i'm not particulary concerned with the potential flaming that my opinons may result in. opinions are like assholes, we all have one. this is mine : ) just want to add, every dropzone is different. altitude will play a significant part on how your canopy performs. you'll find that higher altitude dz's where the air is thinner will relate to faster approaches. keep this in mind as you try to dial things in. never stop learning or asking questions. t.
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    Skydiving is inherently dangerous

    i believe whole heartedly that the drive to the DZ is infinitely more dangerous. i have no control over people on the road. what i do have control over is: who i jump with, conditions, skill level, comfort level, and gear. if something goes to hell in a handbasket, i have no one but myself to blame. for years i jumped without an aad or rsl, the decision was a conscious one based on my desire to be in total control of any situation. it made sense at the time. gradually found myself adding these safety features back into my rig. rsl and aad. i can always turn off or disengage if a situation warrants it. it seems to me that the more jumps you have the more complacent you become, to wit, the ridiculous % of fatalities by experienced jumpers. this percentage should be less than zero depending on how much of a % you want to give "shit happens". shit doesn't happen very often.
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    Miguel "Woody" Carrasco

    i did not know 'woody' well, but he always had a smile for me. that smile will be imbeded in my memory forever. i wish i'd gotten to know you better. rip. teresa
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    Ever try BASE?

    this is the most intelligent, intuitive statement i've ever read on this forum. when i first started BASE (2005) a fellow had put together a pie chart of BASE fatalities from nicks fatality list. it was very well thought out and however skeptical i am of statistics, it made sense. 5% of BASE fatalities were attributed to "shit happens". this is actually a true statement. BASE is a technical sport. the jumper is in total control of the outcome of every jump. if any of the many conditions required for a jump aren't stellar, the jumper has the option to bail. herein lies control. that 5%, whatcha gonna do? shit happens.
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    The "Phat Bird"

    the phat bird-buzzard! love it. you realize the super secret cutaway isn't a secret anymore : P it's really looking awesome.
  10. 13th BASE jump on Friday the 13th...first A. my favorite jump to date : )
  11. haha, cause i wanted to be lucky 13 and couldn't wait...thanks for filling in the blank : )
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    What would be a good beginners wingsuit

    I would also split the Phantom and the Phantom2. While the first version of the Phantom could be used for first flights in my eyes, I would not use a Phantom2 on the first jump. So a good beginner suit will be a suit without grippers, so that the flyer can concentrate oh his body position mainly. *** is there any reason you couldn't just let go of the grippers? thanks.
  13. very me all kinds of ideas : ) thanks.
  14. only 1 problem i see, since you're carrying me, someone else needs to carry us...this could be interesting : ). haha the wingsuit rodeo waterfall jump is going to be a blast! alex, we need video! see you there. 1. Purple Mike 2. BASE 851 (aka Ted) 3. Matt Hoover 4. Simon Bones 5. Surely 6. BranDee Allen 7. Breanna Joy 8. Cate Heneghan 9. Jon Murrell 10. Michelle Barrett 11. Nick 12. 13. teresacolaluca
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    peronal reality check on w/s jump 27 - flat spin

    did you throw the handles?
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    PD storm 150 reserveride...

    indeed, but what altitude are you pulling at? i consistently pull at 5K on wingsuit jumps. if i can't evaluate a malfunction, cutaway, get belly to earth and deploy my reserve at that altitude, then i've got no business skydiving in the first place. i feel more comfortable handling the situtation myself than trying to deal with a potential ball of shit that i had no control over. btw, i have an RSL, i don't like it much, but have made a conscious decision to disconnect it on wingsuit jumps. peace.
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    PD storm 150 reserveride...

    deploying in a spin on my back is a pretty good reason NOT to jump with an RSL when flying wingsuit.
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    PD storm 150 reserveride...

    yay! you didn't throw your handles! i'm also curious about whether you use an rsl. i've disconnected mine for wingsuit. using one just seems like a bad idea.
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    Ron Mills

    +1 this sucks...he was one of those guys that always made eye contact, you couldn't help but have a connection with him. memorable. Blue Skies Ron, teresa
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    Double Amputee AFF

    matt, wendy, erik...oh, can't forget markmark. this is stellar.
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    Freefly Money Meet

    congratulations! what kind of cookie...chocolate chip, ginger snap?
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    Coolest way to exit from tailgate?

    wingsuit rodeo backflip.
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    BSBD Darrell Dunafon

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    San Marcos Halloween Boogie

    haha check your e-mail, some of the best ones never made it to facebook : )