skyshark6

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  • Home DZ
    Hollister, CA
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    22612
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1150
  • Years in Sport
    10
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    700
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Wing Suit Flying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    250

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  1. I can't get the ACS mailing list to let me send out the email, but some of the pictures that I took yesterday are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45847151@N00/ and Mike Wilder has my copy of the video from the jump. If he dubs out, you'll get mine, too. I'm glad I got to see Cliff at Thanksgiving at Bob and Patti's before he left. You have my deepest sympathies, Jen. I can't imagine what you must be going through... I'm sorry that we all lost Cliff.
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    Skydive Hollister

    I switched to Hollister as my "home DZ" four years ago when Skydive Monterey Bay drove all the upjumpers away with tandem-factory business practices. (don't you just hate it when DZO's lock the place up once the tandems are done and then drive everone off an hour before sunset?) Hollister is the exact opposite. They do a great job with tandems, but are also a very up-jumper friendly with a good crowd of 60+ regular jumpers who like to hang out after sunset to drink beer and BBQ. The vibe there is the best that I have ever encountered at a DZ. I've only been weathered-out at hollister one day in the five years that i have jumped there. The King Air is FAST and always goes to 15,000 ft, the highest in the area. The only issue is that the landing area is a 10-minute van ride away (and at a different elevation). Some people view this as a detractor, but it actually is pretty cool to get a chance to hang out for 10 minutes with your fellow skydivers and get to know them. Even with the van ride, you can still get 9 jumps in a day during the summer months.
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    First Ever Wingsuit Barbie Pass!

    Attached are two low-res versions of pictures that I took of the "1st ever Pink Mafia Initiation made in a wingsuit" from last Saturday at the WFFC convention. I was privileged to witness the event. Congrats, ladies. Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    Custom GPS System for Wingsuits

    sounds very interesting to me, too. what price range? what's a CF card? Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    Thanks Skydive Monroe

    Everyone knows that it's the skydivers who make or break the dropzone. Well, the jumpers at Monroe, Georgia are a great bunch people to jump (and of course party) with. To all the folks at Skydive Monroe, I just wanted to say thanks for giving me a home for the last three months. My long stay in Georgia would have sucked without you guys. I'm stoked to go home to California this week, but I'll miss jumping with all of you and hanging out after sunset load. Thanks to Chuck for introducing the new guy around and making me feel at home from the get-go. I enjoyed flying head down with you even if you forgot your goggles. Thanks to Jen for being such a nice person and putting me and Philippe up at her house during the tandem instructor course. You rock. Special thanks to Joe, Kyle, Big Steve, Gary, and Dave for all the advice and instruction that you gave this newbie tandem-master. I learned a lot about how to be a professional and safe instructor from you guys. I'm glad I took off before you started calling me "turtle," though. Thanks to John King for going through the tandem course with me and even riding on the front for a jump. John, you make a great Athens tour guide, too. Too bad you suck at Rock-Paper-Scissors... Katie, Becca, Rachel, Erin, Mocha, David Batt, Blaine, John David, Mark, Mike, and Lisa... thanks for being so cool. Oh, and the Dublin (roamingdz.com) Boogie was a blast! Thanks, Chris. I hope to see all of you again soon, like at the WFFC this summer in Rantoul. Thanks again and blue skies! (edited to add David's name on there because I suck and accidentally left it off)
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    Photo hunt: freeflying w/ a tandem

    Heysus Marimba! That's not just one, but TWO, count 'em, TWO drogue-less tandems going head down and DOCKING. can you say CRAZY SHIT?!?!?!? whoever that is, they have huge solid iron balls. Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
  7. BM rodeos are lots of fun. mostly because others without wingsuits can track alongside you. I've done a few BM rodeos with my wife on my back. side exits (king air) have been problematic and have only suceeded 1 out of 4 times. I believe an exit out of an otter with an inside bar would not be as hard because you can climbout and then exit together. rear exits (casa and skyvan) have been completely successful (8 of 8) and were much easier. dismount is important for the rider. she needs to exit to the rear left or rear right and avoid your wings. once my wife just rolled off to the side and took out my arm wing, putting me on my back and spinning at 4,500 feet. not good, but i recovered. have fun! Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
  8. HH, it'll make things easier in the long run if I can just put the year I started skydiving in my profile instead of having to update how many years i have in the sport year after year. I'm sure that you can programmatically figure out how many years someone has been in the sport and display that in the mini-profile. That way, everybody can know how long someone has been in the sport and won't have to constantly update their profile (other than jump numbers, of course) just my $0.02 Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    Night Wingsuit Jump

    Yup, out of a Cessna at Hollister, CA last year. I'm not a big fan of night jumps (too many static line night jumps in the military) but i made an exception for the winsuit. It was a moonless jump (someone planned the jump before the full moon had risen) but it was still quite cool to be zipping around in the dark for such a long time. another benefit was that I opened WAY away from the other three jumpers and was able to land last (canopy collision is my biggest concern during night jumps) as everyone has said, plan it carefully but have fun! Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    My new suit!

    Katie doesn't spread for anyone. nice try, though. the suit looks great. purple's your color. Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    Name the new birdman suit

    oh, nevermind. didn't know it already had a name. thought Phi was just a code name. whoops. thanks to all you fellers who so tactifully pointed that out.
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    Name the new birdman suit

    for those of you who have seen the thread with the pics of BM's new suit HERE, don't you think that BM should sponsor a contest to name the new suit? (with a free or at least heavily dicounted new-type suit to the winner?) Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    The NEW suit in action

    I KNEW IT!! I held out for months waiting to see if the new Birdman suit was going to come out and THREE FREAKIN' WEEKS after I order a new S3, you guys release a new suit! [new york accent] you're killin' me ova here [/accent] Gahhhhh! Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    bag orientation

    Yup, no problems. see my post above. Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."
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    First dock in a wingsuit!!

    I agree. I still haven't been able to fly my GTI as vertically slow as that first birdman flight I took on a rented Classic... 53 mph. Q: "Do you think it gets boring just flying around or is there more to it?" A: "I've never seen a bird get bored with flight and decide to start walking instead."