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  1. Update: we found these DZs so far -- very friendly and accommodating: Skydive Utah Skydive Orange Skies, CO Paracaidismo Celaya, Celaya Gto MX One of these should work out -- thanks!
  2. I jumped and used the tunnel there, last year when I was training for the USPA National Speed Skydiving Championship, and plan to return to Krutitcy this year around July. Great facilities, great staff, the rental gear is in great shape, etc. They also have some bungalows, and the nearby town is big enough to not lack any of the basics. The drive from Moscow sucks a little, but the skydiving experience more than makes up for any other shortcomings. Cheers to Yuri, Nataliya, and Nastya (with the gear/apparell store) -- everyone made me feel super-welcome :* <3
  3. Hi! We're looking for a DZ that meets these criteria: 3,000' MSL or higher Welcomes up jumpers Has a Supervan or similar aircraft capable of taking loads to 12,000' AGL Open 17-19 May or 21-23 May, 2019 Preferably somewhere in US west or Pacific northwest (not a hard requirement; nice to have) We need a place to train before the ISSA World Series meet 3 at Skydive Saulgau, DE -- they have a 3,500' AMSL elevation. Thanks in advance and I look forward to your recommendations! pr3d4t0r
  4. Indeed I have — I spoke with Birdmonkey Rigging after I posted this. They’ll make me a custom “forearm” mount for FlySight (I need one of those too) and we’ll explore these options for the altimeter when me meet today at the DZ: Velcro replacement Build a custom wrist mount, using an old LB wrist mount as organ donor Build a custom glove, using the altimeter holder from an old LB wrist mount as organ donor Thanks for your suggestion — that might have the highest benefit with the lowest effort invested. Blue skies and have a great weekend! pr3d
  5. pr3d4t0r

    Cookie ear hole

    Have a look at Icaro helmets -- they have a whole family of helmets for paragliding, some very nice stuff. Max Hurd, UK speed skydiving champion, uses an Icaro helmet for our discipline -- the judges allow it, the helmet is beautiful though, in his own words, a bit "hard to fly". Here's the paragliding helmet he uses for skydiving: If you want an "impact rated helmet for skydiving" wait for the Cookie G4 - it's a full face helmet and it has the same impact rating as the paragliding helmets you find in Europe. I don't recommend the Tonfly TFX because they misrepresent a modular helmet as a full face helmet. For a helmet to be classified as "full face" the whole body of the helmet must be molded together. Modular helmets (e.g. a helmet with a hinge for lifting the chin bar + face shield in one motion) are considered less safe because they can open on impact. There exists a "gold standard" helmet testing organization, the Snell Memorial Foundation, whose mission is to test helmets for safety across multiple sports. No skydiving helmet has ever been submitted/passed their test. The full face vs modular (e.g. where the Cookie and the TFX impact rated helmets stand) analogous helmets would be in motorsports categories -- and no modular helmet ever passed their safety tests for a chin impact. That's why I'm of the opinion that, given what we know about full face vs modular helmets and impacts from other domains, the Cookie G4 will be a better choice. I've suggested in other threads that Cookie and Tonfly submit their helmets to Snell for certification. If either got a Snell rating I would buy it as soon as it's issued. Disclaimer: I own neither Cookie nor Tonfly helmets, nor am I involved with the Snell Memorial Foundation, nor am I connected with any of the above in any meaningful way. I fly Bonehead AEROs with heavy electronics enhancements and I'm a certified motorcycle riding safety instructor -- and yes, everything I said in this post other than the Icaro info and links is pure opinion. Blue skies! pr3d4t0r
  6. Hi! I'm looking for a good quality Ares II wrist mount. LB wrist mounts last me about 60 speed jumps before the Velcro loses its grip and the straps are too frayed to hold it. At one point I had to "catch" the altimeter in free fall by closing my fist when it came lose during my slowdown to deployment altitude because the strap opened. Photo of frayed LB straps, 60 jumps on the rattier one, 52 on the better looking one, both have lost Velcro grip. Comparison: Alti-2 original wrist strap with 8 years of jumping and many track/high speed skydives: Someone mentioned to me at Skydive Algarve that there might be a third-party, "glove" mount for the Ares II -- I can't find such thing. Please share your recommendations. Thanks in advance and blue skies! pr3d4t0r
  7. Hi Bicyclejim! I have his book, not sure if he works with remote new clients. Looking him up again (I got the book and did my initial research on him on Hurd's recommendation from his video). Thanks! Also engaging others. I'll make a decision by tomorrow. Need to get over a cold and get busy. Blue skies! pr3d
  8. Awesome - thanks, TsunamiGilligan! Contacting Brian today.
  9. Hello! Looking for a referral - have you worked with a sports psychologist with experience in competitive skydiving and whom you'd recommend? My skydiving mental game needs to improve at the same rate as the actual flying. I'm super-lucky having a great flying coach, would love a recommendation of a good sports psychologist with whom you've worked. Requirements: San Francisco Bay Area based if possible OR must support remote video/phone/audio coaching Actual experience coaching athletes in extreme sports - they don't all have to be skydivers; martial arts, motor sports, college/professional football, rock climbing, skiing - all welcome Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing from you. Have a successful week and blue skies! pr3d
  10. pr3d4t0r

    CURV vs Vector M-351 for speed skydiving?

    Hi mathrick! I'll look for more -- it went to Javelin heaven on 22.Dec.2018, when we took this photo. My new CURV v2.0 rigs arrived and I flew/tested them last weekend. J3 modifications: Removed the leg pilot chute pocket Tightened the BOC pocket Added a bridle flap to the bottom flap Replaced the pilot chute hacky with pilot chute with free fly handle Replaced the chest strap with a longer one Worked with my rigger to ensure that the reserve was as slim as possible Replaced originals with 23" Chutingstar risers (canopy modification, but it affected the rig by providing a tighter packing with those ugly red toggles pushing against the reserve) Riser covers were enhanced with three loops of masking tape before every jump (enough friction to prevent them from opening during a tumble, not enough force to prevent the main from deploying) Extra rubber bands complemented the elastic loops for the leg and chest straps -- no flappy drag I think that covers everything. The new CURV 2.0 configs were custom built (RI was super-helpful in nailing every detail). The biggest changes were: Back to rig OEM risers - the Chutingstar 23" risers are too long to reach, and the red front toggles are a pain to pack Pull out pilot chute RSL + Mojo Cheers! pr3d4t0r
  11. pr3d4t0r

    Jumping with inflatables

    Hola. Contact Bay Area Skydiving +1 925 634 7575 and check with the DZO Shaun and/or the S&TA Adam. It's been allowed in the past for experienced divers. Not sure about their current policy, though I suspect that jumper experience will weigh in the decision there and at other DZs. Blue skies!
  12. pr3d4t0r

    CURV vs Vector M-351 for speed skydiving?

    Hi! Looking at the RI CURV 2.0 and the Vector3 M-351 for speed skydiving. We were pretty much set on the M-351 but UPT's delivery dates may be too far in the future. CURV: Vector3: I'm not as familiar with RIs containers as I am with UPT or Sun Path. Any pointers, references will be welcome. (We've evaluated a pile of other rigs from Sun Path, Peregrine Velocity, and so on -- you're seeing what looks like our finalists.) Thanks in advance and blue skies! pr3d Eugenio, home: Bay Area Skydiving, CA USA
  13. pr3d4t0r

    Speed skydiving - head down

    No -- but our local iFly has a "stunt rig" that we can use in the tunnel; it's a mockup with the right straps, reserve/cutaway handles, weight, etc. I used it last time, it helped me stabilize and feel the difference between front/back of my body closer to how it'll fee in the air. I should've taken some photos - very cool idea. Cheers and blue skies!
  14. pr3d4t0r

    Speed skydiving - head down

    Hi! Rewatched it today again, after over a 100 jumps and 3 months since the first time I watched it, now groking the technique better. Angle flying coaching on Friday all day to work on the transition to almost-head-down (we did some math with my instructor at the tunnel and we figure ~80º should do the job), then it's all practice jumps and learning to relax and go with the flow until the competition. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Blue skies!
  15. pr3d4t0r

    Speed skydiving - head down

    Greetings. I'm training for a speed skydiving event. I've logged about 30 skydives (13K-5K) trying to fly head down, with mixed results. About 3 hours of iFly tunnel work. I can stand upside down in the tunnel or use the corners (octagonal tunnel) to transition, have a very hard time transitioning to head down and maintaining that for more than 5 seconds without tumbling when flying in the real world. Not sure how to correct at this point. Instructor on tunnel has me modify head and hips position, but I don't "feel" my head and hips in the sky during a real skydive - I suspect that the container might throw me off in the sky. Do you have any recommendations on drills to practice in the tunnel and/or in the sky over the next few days to learn the correct head/body position? Head down in the tunnel is hard on the neck after 10-15 minutes because once I drop I have to keep flying on the top of my head against the grate, legs straight, arms tight in the front, but I can maintain it. Instructor and I are trying to figure out how to improve, all recommendations welcome. Planning on 40 minutes of tunnel (2*10 min session, two days), and between 15 and 25 skydives this coming week (more if time allows). A million thanks in advance for your advise!