pr3d4t0r

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    Bay Area Skydiving
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    Speed Skydiving
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    Tracking
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  1. 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
  2. Awesome - thanks, TsunamiGilligan! Contacting Brian today.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
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    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: http://rigginginnovations.com/skydiving-containers/curv Vector3: http://www.unitedparachutetechnologies.com/sp?view=item 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. Looking forward to it -- thanks! Also: thanks to Amazon too -- she's teh awesome and also offered helpful advise
  12. Howdy. We consulted with Bonehead -- their recommendation was to drill the helmet and use the screws. Great fit, and the FlySight is in a great spot, facing the sky above during my tracks. I now have Cookie mounts on both my speed and my comfy helmets (AERO and Black Mamba), tried them yesterday, worked great. Thanks and cheers!
  13. New suit prototype got here yesterday, base line terminal velocity in neutral position is 165 mi/h (vs 140 mi/h for my other suit). 3 speed skydives yesterday; first two were conservative acceleration to only about 370 km/h, learning to fly the new suit. Last one was at 415 km/h. I tried your technique following this protocol: 1. Flatten the track when the 4,500 ft alert lights up 2. Slow move - arms forward to starfish for deceleration ~3,900 ft 3. Neutral box man by 3,500 ft 4. Wave off between 3,500 and 3,200 ft, under full canopy by 2,700 I followed the protocol on all three speed dives, worked like a charm. I'll increase the speed in future training. Thanks for your advise -- this was very helpful! Cheers, E
  14. pr3d4t0r

    LB Ares II digital altimeter

    Hi. I upgraded from an Alti-2 Galaxy to an Ares II a few weeks ago, after evaluating both the Ares II and the Viso+. The Ares II has a larger screen and a low profile. The Viso's screen is fine but I felt that the Ares II had overall better construction and it works better for my use case -- I abuse gear and needed something with the flattest possible profile. As far as the internals and firmware, both appear to use the Bosch barometric sensor and have similar capabilities. Cheers, pr3d
  15. Hello! What's the best way to attach a Cookie mount for FlySight to Bonehead AERO? Under consideration: * Drilling holes + adding screws * Find a strong adhesive (similar to GoPro mount's) Thanks in advance and blue skies! pr3d