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  1. Skydivelive! will be hosting a Memorial Day Boogie, thanking all the fallen heroes by celebrating their lives - by having fun, fast airplanes, friends, raffles, good vibes and lots of jumping. The celebration of life! We have the fastest jump plane in the Florida panhandle - a PAC750 starting 10am on Friday, an R44 helicopter on Saturday and a Cessna 182 for hop n’ pops. The dz is 20 acres with 200+ of acres of safe “out’s” and plenty of space for you to camp out – either pitch a tent or sleep in our 5,000+ square foot hangar which is carpeted for packing and an outdoor shower. RV hookups for a small fee and families are always welcome – bounce house and toys for the kids. There will be lots to do each day. The "GoPro pic of the day" gets a free jump, we'll have Last load of the day Swoop n’ Chugs, load organizers, bonfires at night, and more to follow! For the $25 entry fee, you get a free t-shirt, free lunch each day, and one ticket toward any of the 3 raffles. Friday is pot luck, please bring a dish. Saturday night, free BBQ, Sunday night's dinner will be catered – Ham, sweet potato casserole and more, all for $10. Breakfast available – you can skydive for 4 days straight cause everything is taken care of – just have fun and skydive! Raffles - Gatorz $100 gift certificate, a free reserve pack job, and a Quatro audible altimeter. There will be organizers for all levels of FS and Freefly, several coaches and riggers on staff. So whether it be your 5th jump or 5,000th jump come out to Skydive Live @ 5138 County Highway 0605 Defuniak Springs, FL. 32433 on Memorial Day weekend and help us celebrate all our fallen heroes. About The Instructors Charlene Plante Charlene started skydiving in 2009 and got her coach rating at around 400 jumps, she wanted to make sure she had the skill level and knowledge to provide the best training for student jumpers. She’s all about helping the newer jumpers learn as much as possible, putting education above financial goals. She will gladly help anyone learn to freefly, however you must have at least 100 jumps and have a good set of belly flying skills. Safety is top priority! Dave Rose Dave Rose is an active military member who started skydiving with static line progression in 2000 at Raeford DZ, NC with some extremely experienced and professional instructors. He gained additional experience as a Parachute Demonstrator and Team Leader / Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA;) for the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers. During his three years on the Black Daggers he was able to earn his coach rating, tandem rating and his accelerated free fall instructor rating. "The only way our newer skydivers learn, gain experience, and keep interest in the sport is to take the time to mentor and show them that no matter what level of experience you are, skydivers are family and are willing to help, teach and mentor each other." Lou Howk Lou is the resident expert on jumping with a camera. Along with being a coach during the boogie, Saturday morning, at 8am, Lou will be teaching a free safety class on jumping with a camera. Military Free Fall (MFF) for 10 years MFF Jumpmaster for 9 years Former MFF Instructor and MFFI Videographer for US Army for 3 years Former MFF Jumpmaster Instructor for US Army for 1 yr Coach rated for 5 years AFFI rated for 5 years Tandem rated for 4 yrs 1300+ Jumps Schedule training/tandems with Dave 910-922-7240 Questions, see www.skydivelive.com or call Melanie 850-419-3580
  2. The Spring Break Boogie is SKYDIVELIVE’s first boogie event and will take place from the 28 until the 30 March, 2014. This event welcomes all skydivers, families and friends to be part of the fun; with fast planes, raffles, good vibes and lots of jumping. With the fastest jump plane in Florida panhandle – a PAC750, as well as a Cessna 182 for hop n’ pops, you’re sure to get in tons of jumps. The DZ stretches 20 acres with over 200 acres of safe “out’s”. There is going to be plenty of space to camp out, with the ability to pitch a tent or sleep inside of the 5000+ square foot hangar, which is carpeted for packing. There is also an outdoor shower. ActivitiesThere will be last load of the day Swoop ‘n Chugs, Bonfires and much more. Saturday morning Lou Howk will host an “Improve those mad camera skills on camera safety” seminar for an hour. On Saturday night there will be a catering of roast beef, so remember to bring some money. The event will be supported by the Special Forces Association, Gators, Wings, Paraclete XP, Paragear, Performance Designers and L & K Altimeters. This means there’s a lot of swag to go around, with one person every loading receiving a bit of it. The event will see a wide array of coaches, each with plenty of skill to make this boogie not only a jump party, but also a learning event. All of the event coaches have a military background. During the registration process, specify which coach you feel is best catered towards your learning needs and the process can get started. Raffles & CompetitionsYour entry fee includes a t-shirt, free lunch each day and 1 ticket towards any of the 5 raffles: Gatorz $100 gift certificate Free reserve pack from Wynn Parachutung Tunnel time from Paraclete XP 4 free jumps at SkydiveLiveDZ A greg Windmiller canopy course – great for beginners to advanced skillsYou can also stand a chance to win a free jump with the GoPro “Pic of the day” competition. About The Instructors Charlene Plante Charlene started skydiving in 2009 and got her coach rating at around 400 jumps, she wanted to make sure she had the skill level and knowledge to provide the best training for student jumpers. She’s all about helping the newer jumpers learn as much as possible, putting education above financial goals. She will gladly help anyone learn to freefly, however you must have at least 100 jumps and have a good set of belly flying skills. Safety is top priority! Dave Rose Dave Rose is an active military member who started skydiving with static line progression in 2000 at Raeford DZ, NC with some extremely experienced and professional instructors. He gained additional experience as a Parachute Demonstrator and Team Leader / Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA;) for the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers. During his three years on the Black Daggers he was able to earn his coach rating, tandem rating and his accelerated free fall instructor rating. "The only way our newer skydivers learn, gain experience, and keep interest in the sport is to take the time to mentor and show them that no matter what level of experience you are, skydivers are family and are willing to help, teach and mentor each other." Lou Howk Lou is the resident expert on jumping with a camera. Along with being a coach during the boogie, Saturday morning, at 8am, Lou will be teaching a free safety class on jumping with a camera. Military Free Fall (MFF) for 10 years MFF Jumpmaster for 9 years Former MFF Instructor and MFFI Videographer for US Army for 3 years Former MFF Jumpmaster Instructor for US Army for 1 yr Coach rated for 5 years AFFI rated for 5 years Tandem rated for 4 yrs 1300+ Jumps Jack Wynn Jack is a master parachute rigger during the weekdays and is a very active jumper on weekends. He fills in wherever he is needed with the progression of jumpers and continuing the safety of jump operations. Certifications include: Master Parachute Rigger (back, seat, and chest), USMC Military Freefall Parachutist, USMC Military Parachute Rigger, Aff-I, UPT Tandem Examiner, Coach, S&TA.; Who to ask about what: Freefly – ask Charlene Swoop – ask Jack Rigging or gear questions – ask Jack Area accuracy/canopy control – ask Jim Easy general questions – ask Melanie 850-419-3580 (pilot and DZO) For any more information and bookings you can log on to skydivelive.com
  3. After a grueling 38 hours in the car to Puerto Escondido Mexico, via Central Texas, (mostly brought on by a bad sense of direction and a belief that I could plan a better route than Google, the real drive should have only been around 21 hrs.) We arrived in the quaint coastal town of Puerto Escondido, OAX, for the new years boogie put on by Skydive Cuautla. Puerto Escondido is a small ocean town on the pacific coast, known for its beautiful beaches and friendly people. Puerto Escondido means “hidden port” because it has remained relatively untouched by commercialization that so often takes over tourist destinations. While not as well known as its neighbor, Acapulco, Puerto Escondido has been a longtime favorite vacation destination for the locals, allowing this town to hold on to a truly genuine feeling. As we descended from the mountains south of Oxaca, our first sight of the small Mexican town was of a picturesque beach, bright sun, gentle sea breeze, and blue sky, punctuated with the bright colors of the canopies soaring through the crisp ocean air. We quickly followed them to the landing area, a white sanded beach with deep blue water dotted with small umbrellas and sun bathers, and inquired as to where to find manifest. Everyone was more than happy to point us in the right direction, maybe a half a block up the street we found their buses out front of a beautiful traditional style Mexican patio, surrounded by a wrought iron gate, draped with banners urging us to come, "jump in paradise". Just a few steps inside this oasis-esque courtyard stood a thatch roofed cabana, with a set up of tables and computers. We quickly made our way over there, and after an attempt to comprehend my limited knowledge of Spanish vocabulary in regards to skydiving, an English speaking staff member found us and pulled us aside to help out. We had our gear checked, a safety briefing, and then told us how to purchase jump tickets, and informed of the white party that was set to occur that evening. We told them we would probably not jump that day, as we needed to find a hotel, shower (most importantly) eat and then come and jump. The organizer then immediately got on her phone and helped to find us a room at a local hotel. EVERYTHING was booked up, and she spent close to an hour of her time calling the hotels around us, until finally she was able to send us in the right direction. We ended up getting a room at the Caracol Plaza, which was the best hotel I have ever stayed at in my life, but that is a review for Hotels.com (but if you want to be treated like royalty, for the price of a pauper, definitely look them up). We washed up, grabbed some food, and headed back to manifest. We decided to do a warm up little two way jump, though we received a warm welcome and invitation to jump from everyone there, we made our way to the bus, and headed off to the airport. The loading went smooth, and their shuttles were clean and comfortable. Which made for an enjoyable ride to the airport. The Airport was located just 5 minutes up the road on the mountain top overlooking the city, where we were unloaded, geared up, walked out onto the flight line, loaded into the otter, and then airborne lickety split! The climb to altitude was as quick as it was beautiful, and we even got up to 14k AGL on this jump. The Otter was in tip top condition, clean and maintained better than most planes I have seen in the states. The other jumpers on the plane were helpful in describing the landing pattern again, and helped to make sure we had a good spot. We had a Great Jump, nice soft landings on the HUGE beach landing area, and headed back up to the manifest area to pack. The packing area was a large shaded area right across from the manifest hut, with tarped over floors, and a large grassy area behind the manifest hut. We had ample room to pack, and they even had some packers on hand to help with any overflow. As sunset load came down we headed over to the beach to watch everyone come down, where we were greeted with beers, and everybody took pictures and celebrated a good day of jumping while a Fire orange sun sank low into the into the sea, casting a warm glow upon the smiling faces of the jumpers. We retired to our hotel to prepare for the New Years Eve white party. I was skeptical at first to spend 700 pesos a person on a party (roughly $60 USD), but after we arrived at the party every ounce of doubt was removed from my mind. They had paper lanterns and sparklers for us to light off on the beach, the paper lanterns floating skyward like fireflies into the cool night air, while we drank sangria, and took group photos, before walking up to a restaurant courtyard area. There we sat at long tables, surrounded by friendly people, a DJ spinning music, skydiving videos playing on a projector screen, and the smell of food grilling floating through the air. The Beer was cold, the conversations warm, and many new friends were made that night, (shout out to all of the Canadians that came out to escape the winter weather!). Some speeches were given, translated into both Spanish and English, and then food was served; And let me tell you, we ate only local food the entire time in Mexico, and the food they served was the second best we have had in all of Mexico! They passed out party favors, hats, tiaras and horns for everyone, as well as champagne and grapes, which might not have been the best idea, because it was a large group of skydivers, and we just can’t have nice things, so it took less than a minute for grapes to begin whizzing through the air followed shortly by tortillas and paper plates! At the stroke of midnight a firework show kicked off, and the party jumped into high gear! It was a beautiful moment as the moon shone brightly overhead, fireworks cracked in the sky, music floated through the air, and everyone was happy and together, not separated by culture, country or language, but united as Skydivers doing what we love. We enjoyed the festivities, hailed a cab, and retired to the hotel for a night of finally sleeping on a real bed, and not curled up in the seat of a car. Our second and final day there, Manifest did not begin operating until around noon, so we had the morning to experience the town, visit the small tiendas, enjoy the food from roadside vendors, and visit the beach. There was much more to do in this little town, and beauty was everywhere you looked, from the fantastic landscapes, architecture of the buildings, to the street art plastered on the alleyways and building around town. We were invited on more jumps, and had more wonderful experiences with the staff and fun jumpers at the boogie. We ate in the cafe on the manifest grounds, our home DZ still has the best kitchen in the world, but the food and service here was a close second. We had awesome jumps that day, and even got to see the awesome staff in action when I landed off on a tracking dive (surprising right?), and saw a cutaway on our jump. Someone was in a boat and grabbed the main and free bag right as they hit the water, and a bus and people on ATV's were there to check on us and give us a ride back to the manifest area before I could even stow my brakes. We made it back, packed, and then set out for a night on the town before we left for home in the morning. EVERYTHING about this boogie ran like a well-oiled machine, the staff of Skydive Cuautla and their volunteers did a phenomenal job of organizing this boogie. The people, all over Mexico, not just at the boogie, were friendly, the facilities were top notch, both the Super Otter and the Sky Van were in incredible condition, loads went up fast, and the altitude was always generous. We have definitely found a new years tradition, and will sing the praises of this boogie to all of our friends. I will be there again this coming new year with bells on! This is one boogie you MUST attend at least once in your lifetime, as you are surely missing a big chunk of your skydiving life if you do not!
  4. Event organizer, Monika Peligro Davalos, dropzone manager, Hector Montaño and the entire staff at Skydive Cuautla outdid themselves hosting another amazing New Year’s Boogie in Mexico! 110 registered skydivers invaded the shores of Puerto Escondido for their 20th Annual New Year’s Boogie. The eleven-day boogie from December 26th – January 7th, brought skydivers from all over Mexico, Austria, USA, Holand, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Peru, France, Spain, Uruguay and Argentina. Organizers were: Fernando Gallegos from Peru, Jose Alejandro “Negro” Novoa from Mexico, Jess Harper from Canada, and Melissa (Nelson) Lowe from the US. Monika Peligro Davalos organized several group dinners, as well as the annual, infamous lagaoon party, and white party that included launching lanterns, a banquet at Hotel Arcoiris with a DJ who spun away pop American music to latin salsa. Puerto Escondido is a remote paradise located on the west coast, far south in Mexico. Not only does Puerto Escondido still feel like Mexico, the drop zone is a paradise itself with flushing toilets, bunkhouses, a café, and a shaded packing area. The drop zone is also beautifully landscaped that adds to the essence of Mexican paradise. From the organized sunset tracking to the early bird 17,000’ jumps to the Mexican hospitality, this has been one boogie to remember. Skydive Cuautla is located an hour from Mexico City and hosts two annual boogies and more information can be found at www.SkydiveCuautla.com
  5. The Christmas New Year's Boogie at Skydive Arizona ran from December 21st to January 1st. The drop zone pulled out all the stops to make sure there was something for absolutely everyone at this year's boogie. The registration fee was only $35 and jump tickets were discounted to $21 for the duration of the event. The boogie fleet included Skydive Arizona's Otters, Skyvans, and the DC3. Burner's Skydive Arizona hot air balloon (High But Dry Balloons) was also available for jumps most mornings and afternoons. The weather was nearly perfect for most of the boogie with afternoon highs frequently reaching the 70s. Load organizers from the Arizona Training Center, Arizona Airspeed, and Arizona Arsenal were on hand for the full event for belly flyers and free flyers, and Sean "Monkey" Horton was available to organize wing suits. The drop zone also hosted numerous skydiving events for those who wanted more structure to their jumping days. These events included an AXIS Flight School B-License Canopy course complete with water training; Women's FS Sequentials with Brianne Thompson (AXIS Flight School) and Sara Curtis (Arizona Arsenal); two 4-Way Days and two Big Way Days with Arizona Airspeed; and a Hybrid Day, a Tracking/Angle Flying Day, a Head Down Formation Day, and an Upright Formation Day with Arizona Arsenal. The fun continued every night after sunset with free boogie beer for all registered jumpers. To help cut down on drinking and driving, Skydive Arizona offered a free shuttle service for boogie participants every night from Christmas to New Year. Evening seminars were offered some evenings including Canopy Flight with AXIS Flight School, Intro to 4-Way FS with Arizona Airspeed, Big-Way Flying with Arizona Airspeed, Tracking/Angle Flying with Arizona Arsenal, and Basics of Free Fly with Arizona Arsenal. The boogie also offered free appetizers on Christmas Eve at the Bent Prop, a Christmas movie night (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation), a Hypnotist show, a Skyvan Tailgate party (to celebrate the arrival of Skydive Arizona's new Skyvans number six and number seven), an 80s Dance Party, a bonfire and hot dog roast (an annual Skydive Arizona tradition), and a wish lantern release. The biggest hits for evening entertainment were definitely Casino Night and the New Year's Eve Party. The top prize for Casino Night was a trip to Lost Prairie 2014 or the Skydive Arizona Christmas New Year's Boogie 2014 won by Jesse Williams. Other prizes included SkyVenture Arizona tunnel time, Skydive Arizona jump tickets, Bent Prop gift certificates, a Phantom X helmet from Square 2, a balloon jump from High but Dry Balloons, massages from Toltec Wellness Center, and lots of other prizes from Rigging Innovations, Cypress, Bev Suits, Vigil, UPT Vector, and Icarus Canopies. The New Year's Eve Party included free champagne and a balloon drop at midnight. Select balloons contained even more awesome prizes from the sponsers/vendors already mentioned. Overall, a great boogie. Everyone had a chance to relax and have fun but also work on developing their skills in their chosen disciplines. Thanks to all the Skydive Arizona staff for their hard work that made this event run smoothly. And of course thanks so much to the 500 skydivers who came out to play!
  6. Christmas / New Years Boogie – Skydive Arizona (21 December 2013 - 1 January 2014)The annual Christmas New Year's Boogie (previously called the Holiday Boogie) will take place at Skydive Arizona from December 21st to January 1st. The registration fee is only $35 and registration takes place during the event. Jump tickets for Skydive Arizona's Otters (the fleet includes four), Skyvans (the fleet includes seven), and DC3 (the only one regularly carrying jumpers in the United States) will only be $21 during the event. Balloon jumps and biplane jumps will also be available. The event features load organizing by Arizona Airspeed (belly), Arizona Arsenal (freefly), Sean Horton (wingsuit) and the Arizona Training Center/AXIS Flight School. Skydiving events for all skill levels will also be taking place throughout the boogie including the AXIS B-License Canopy Course, Hybrid Day, Hit n' Chugs, Tailgate Day (all Skyvans, all day), Women's Big Way FS Sequentials with Brianne Thompson (AXIS Flight School) and Sara Curtis (Arizona Arsenal), 4-Way Skills Camps with Arizona Airspeed, 10/20+ Ways with Arizona Airspeed, Tracking and Angle Flying Day with Arizona Arsenal, Head Down Big Way Day with Arizona Arsenal, and Upright Formation Day with Arizona Arsenal. When the sun sets, the free boogie beer will start flowing. Other evening activities include seminars with AXIS Flight School (Canopy Flight), Arizona Airspeed (4-Way FS and Big Way Flying), and Arizona Arsenal (Tracking/Angle Flying and Basics of Freefly). Free Christmas Eve appetizers at the Bent Prop; movie night; Hypnotist show; Skyvan Tailgate Party; 80's Dance Party; Casino Night (with great prizes); bonfire and hot dog roast (a Skydive Arizona holiday tradition); wish lantern release; and a blow out New Year's Eve Party. Skydive Arizona has all the amenities a skydiver could ask for including multiple lodging options (team rooms, bunkhouse, RV slots, and camping space), a full service restaurant and bar (the Bent Prop Saloon and Cookery), video debrief rooms, laundry facilities, a gym, Square 2 Gear Store (rentals available), Desert Skies Rigging Loft, and of course SkyVenture Arizona's 14-foot vertical wind tunnel. The Christmas New Year's Boogie at Skydive Arizona truly has something for everyone. Check out the event schedule at http://www.skydiveaz.com/experienced/events. Skydive Algarve X-mas Boogie (21 December 2013 - 5 January 2014)In the last 13 years we have established SkyDive Algarve as one of the best Drop Zones in Europe. Imagine, blue skies, little winds, a beautiful coast line and 15°C of temperature in winter time. It’s unbeatable. It’s two weeks of great weather, awesome people and fast planes; this is the place to be and skydive. Starting December 21st 2013 until January 5th of 2014 we are organizing the “X-mas Boogie”. It will be fantastic. We will have freefly coaching, Load organizing , Aff courses and our famous beach jumps. The New Year’s Eve at Algarve is just amazing, with parties, beautiful people, lights and colours. During two weeks more than 300 athletes will pass at our drop zone. We have special prices with our partner hotels and car rentals in order to get you the best deals. We also have an adventure shop at your service with go karts, horse riding, golf, paintball, kitesurf and others. If you want to bring you family or just try something other than Skydive, you are more than welcome. You can register yourself filling out the waivers available in our website and sending them to us by e-mail. We are based at Portimão airfield, located at 70km from the Faro international airport. Sunlight, heat and the vibrant colours of the landscape. Everything in the Algarve is a source of energy offering you the chance to recharge your batteries. All year round, the region's beaches, nature reserves, picturesque villages, golf courses, castles and fortresses can be enjoyed in all their splendor. Day or night, you can do almost everything, or, if you prefer, do absolutely nothing. History, culture, and the popular local cuisine are readily available to all those who are interested. The people of the Algarve have mixed freely with other cultures for many centuries and have long been used to welcoming visitors. Perhaps this is why people always have fond memories of the Algarve. Just come to the Algarve and enjoy it. All the information at our website - www.skydivealgarve.pt Sebastian Invasion (28 December 2013 - 5 January 2014)The Sebastian Invasion is one of the best known and well attended holiday boogies in United States, and this year will be taking place from the 28th December until the 5th of January, at Skydive Sebastian. With parties happening every night throughout the event it's easy to see why the event's tagline is "Jump all day, party all night". There will be beach jumps and night jumps taking place during the Invasion as well as 23 world class organizers for every discipline and skill level. Organizers There will be over 15 Freefly organizers for the event, with 7 RW organizers and 2 wingsuit organizers. Pre-Registration: Pre-registration is available online until the 13th of December. And those that pre-register will receive a free boogie t-shirt. You are able to pre-register on: Skydive Sebastian's Website Tickets: You are able to pre-purchase tickets in blocks of 5 via PayPal. You can make these purchases until the 24th of December. Tickets can then be collected at the registration table at the event. This is a great way to ensure that you can get right to jumping after arrival and avoid any lines. Non-Skydivers: Spectators are welcome to attend the Invasion, and join in the parties. However non-jumpers are advised to please check in at the registration table and receive a non-skydiving wristband. There will be security checks at the NYE party and those without wristbands will not get in. While a full schedule list has not yet been published, keep an eye out on the following page for more information over the coming days on the event schedule page. While fun is most certainly the focus of the Sebastian Invasion, that's not to say that there won't be the opportunity for the option of learning. For those looking to sharpen up their skills or learn more, there will be the following classes hosted during the event: Camera Flying 101 presented by HYPOXIC Leading a Tracking Dive Intro to 4-way RW Explore CRW Finer points of packing Explore Freestyle with Tyfani Detky and Tom Baker Trainer Kite demo and lessons Kiting Your Canopy with Luis Prinetto Writing for skydiving publications with Taya and Blue Skies MagIn Case of Weather Holds In the unfortunate event of a weather hold, all is not lost as there are several weather hold activities in place: Hop and Pop Obstacle Course Hop and Pop Accuracy Contest Creeper Races and Dirt Diving Contest Prices: Pre-Registration: $60 Registration: $75 Non-Skydiver: $30 Single Day Cost Registration: $30 Non-Skydiver: $10 Jumps & Packjobs Jump Tickets: $25.50 Beach Jump Tickets: $32 Pack Jobs: $7 For more information please visit: Sebastian Invasion Skydive Spain Christmas Boogie (25 December 2013 - 1 January 2014)As always with Skydive Spain you'll be flying to 15,000 feet every lift from super fast turbine aircraft Dornier G92s, enjoying the best weather in Europe. Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve parties, a perfect way to meet and interact with skydivers from all over the world. All Christmas Boogies have been a great success every year in Skydive Spain and we would love to have you this year. Lots of jumping during the day and great fun at night, a perfect combination for an unforgettable week in sunny Spain. And best for last, there's no registration fee and you can be jumping for as little as 22 € per jump! If you need some advice as far as flights or car hire, please check the following link to arrange your trip to Spain: Travel: http://www.skydivespain.com/Flights.htm Our booking office is ready to assist you with accommodation bookings if you need assistance (we can book for you once you have chosen the location). http://www.skydivespain.com/Acommodation.htm Sunny weather, renowned load organizers, excellent atmosphere, fun nights, great prices… Come, forget about routine and experience an unforgettable week in southern Europe with Skydive Spain. 25th December 2013 – 1st January 2014 No registration fee, but send us an email to let us know you are coming, we can also help with accommodation etc. Email us on info@skydivespain.com and click “going” on our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/404971889614883/ Load Organisers & Team Leaders: Free Fall - Martijn Van Dam of ToraTora + Adam Dare Formation Skydiving - Herman Landsman + Julia Foxwell Wingsuit - Jack Johnson CREW (Canopy formation) - Steve Saunders Robert Krysztofiak coaching wingsuit 1-on-1 and he has brand new wingsuits suitable for novices to try. We will be waiting for you...!! Skydive Swakopmund - Desert Boogie (24 December 2013 - 5 January 2014)Formation Skydiving: Load orginizing from 4 ways up to 16 ways Paul (Simba) Marcellin (400 way participant 2006) and Beverly Cosslett will be available for coaching Canopy Piloting and Canopy Formation Graham Field (owner of Aerial Fx) http://www.aerialfx.co.za/about.htm will be available for coaching 4 Different dropzones in 1 day Jump 4 different dropzones in the scenic Namib desert in one day. Night jumps Beach jumps We have the luxury of landing at Tiger Reef Beach Bar during the boogie http://goo.gl/maps/nqyuF The beach is filled with holiday makers, enjoy a drink at the beach bar after a sunset jump over the mighty atlantic ocean. Static line and AFF courses are available. Booking are essential. We offer: An air conditioned packing area! Debriefing rooms with large plasma screens! A fully licensed restaurant and a bar with a BBQ facility as well as a pool and green lawns to chill on. Wireless internet Shuttle services to and from town Namibia not only offers skydiving but is a big tourist attraction to travelers all over the globe. Swakopmund offers quadbiking, go karting, camelrides, kite surfing, sandboarding, paragliding, speed flying, rock climbing, living desert tours and even offers a base jump spot and an active nightlife. Date: 24 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014. Registration dates: No later than 10 December 2013 Venue: Swakopmund Skydiving Club - http://goo.gl/maps/nbAH4 Registration fee: N$400.00 includes a T-shirt Slot rate: N$280.00 Altitude: 13000 feet Aircraft: PAC 750, Cessna Caravan 208 Bookings and inquiries: sscdive@mweb.com.na Accomadation: Camping available at the dropzone, limited slots, bookings essential. Also see for accommodation in Swakopmund: http://www.booking.com/city/na/swakopmund.en.html... Please note all bookings to be done before 10 December 2013. There are various other great holiday boogies happening around the world, and our list does not include them all. Our list has been generated from some of the best attended boogies we knew of and we welcome you to let us know of any others, in the comments section below.
  7. I don't think of myself as a new jumper. Other jumpers think of me and treat as a new jumper. So I guess I'm a new jumper. I made my first jump ever (also my AFP level 1 jump) in November of 2012 and one year later, I have 51 jumps. So yeah, I suppose I'm a new jumper. My home dropzone is in South Carolina, and I have never jumped elsewhere so I suppose I'm accustomed to only what they do at their one dropzone. I have stayed late jumping all day before and socialized a bit with regulars, as well as heard talk of festivals and boogies, however, I have never participated in any. Mainly because I work all the time (and am envious of those jumpers who hang out and live at the dropzone) and also live hours away. I saw a Facebook invite that read “Skydive Atlanta’s Halloween Boogie and Imaginarium Party” so I clicked on it, scanned the page, saw the cover photo, and BAM: sadness came over me. First, it was awe and excitement, but then I came back to reality when I figured out that I probably wouldn’t be able to go. Thus resulting in sadness. I did more research in order to find reasons that might convince myself that it wouldn’t be that great anyway. Besides a four-hour drive, I found none. So for the remainder of the week, it was on my mind. Nothing else. Solely that one boogie. Then, that weekend approached. It was Friday afternoon and I was trying to think of something fun to, but no matter what I thought of, I ended up right back on that damn Facebook page reading updates and admiring pictures that people were posting from the place where I wanted to be so badly. Finally after I worked for a couple hours, it became 9 o’clock pm and I decided that I’m just going to go for it. I’m going to drop all of my previous commitments, load up my twentieth century Kia, and go see what these “boogie” things are all about. That is exactly what I did.[Image 1] During my four-hour drive, I got really excited. And then I got really scared. I was nervous because even though I had heard all about them (and pretended I knew what everyone was talking about when other people were around), I had never been to this kind of thing before. I was afraid I wouldn’t know anyone. I was afraid I would do something wrong. I was afraid I would look out of place and the good jumpers would all smell it on me like blood from a freshly wounded flailing human body in a kiddie-pool-sized shark tank. So I just told myself that everyone has been in my place before. Everyone started somewhere. And then my other voice popped back into my head and claimed that no, everyone else started some other way because they have friends to show them what to do, unlike you. So then, I told myself that it’s natural and expected for you to ask other people if I have any questions, and they’ll be happy to help; they’re all there for the same reasons. But then I came back with “no they’re not, they’re going to be mean and not invite you into their formed skydiver cliques”. So then I got nervous again. Finally toward the end of my drive and arrival to the dropzone, I simply told myself that I drove all the way to Thomaston, Georgia for one reason: to have a FUN weekend and work toward becoming a better skydiver. My other voice didn’t have a comeback for that one; I think that finally shut it up. When I finally found the airport in the dark, it was approximately 1 o’clock am. I set up my tent, grabbed a beer (and some liquor) and walked around to see if anyone was awake and to check out the hangar. I entered the hangar to find a very familiar view: a freaking hangar. Turns out, most hangars are quite similar. This was comforting. I then introduced myself to the five last people still awake, and made easy friendships with them. Turns out, most skydivers are quite similar: they’re just people. After drinking and talking for a while, I went back to my tent to try extremely hard to fall asleep, despite my anxiety.[Image 2] The next morning (Saturday), I woke up, got dressed, grabbed my rig, and skipped over to the hangar. I suddenly got nervous again, but then I entered and saw something very familiar: a busy freaking hangar. Turns out, most busy hangars look the same: packers, rigs, people, and a manifest. I was nervous about this? I felt like such a p*ssy for being nervous the previous day. I registered, purchased load tickets, sat back, and enjoyed the atmosphere. My very first jump there was a 10-way. A 10-way tail whip with strangers who were now friends. Turns out, most jumpers are the same: “Hey, you wanna join us on this load? Cool, let’s mock it up. That didn’t work out very well, but f*ck it let’s try it!” It was a very fun jump, and every jumper in that group made an effort to talk to me, wanted to find out more about my jumping experiences, and got excited to jump with me again. Turns out, skydivers really are quite similar! My second jump was out of a helicopter. BEST EXPERIENCE YET. Being a “new jumper”, I had only experienced two hop-and-pops before. Those were both in AFP. On this day, I was going to do a hop-and-pop out of a freaking helicopter. I was so excited, even though I had no idea what to expect. I had only jumped out of two aircrafts before: a Caravan and a King Air, the two planes at my normal dropzone. When my 5-minute call for the helicopter load roared over the speakers, I made my way to the meeting area with two other guys that were jumping together. They had video and I didn’t. I really wanted a video of this one. But oh well. We were about to climb into the helicopter when one of those guys asked me to make sure my AAD was off. No one ever told me to turn it off, so I began to panic. As I stood beside the waiting helicopter trying to shut off my AAD, I told the other jumpers to go ahead because I was holding them up and felt terrible for wasting their time. They insisted on waiting and even helped out turning off my AAD (it took three grown men to turn it off). Finally after it was confirmed to be off, I apologized and we loaded into the helicopter. They were completely understanding and insisted that it was no big deal, they didn’t mind waiting and helping me out. That was extremely comforting. After a long and exciting helicopter ride up to 4,000 feet, the two guys in the back dropped out and it was my turn. I climbed out, stepped onto the landing bar, and let go. The silent drop was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever had. I was also surprised that I was trained and confident enough to pull at a respectable altitude and then land safely (despite strong-ish winds). One of the other jumpers even landed in a nearby pond, which made me feel better about my skillset and decision-making abilities. When I returned to the hangar, everyone was asking me how it went and they seemed just as excited about it as I was, which was very reassuring. [Image 3] My third (and final) jump of the day was out of a Stearman Bi-Plane. Shortly after training with the pilot on getting in and out of the plane, it was my turn. I climbed into the front seat (pilot in the back seat) and enjoyed a very exciting ride to an altitude of 4,000 feet. Although it was cold in the air, I paid no attention because the pilot distracted me with diving turns and spins. It was worth what I paid even just for the ride. Once we reached altitude, I climbed out onto the wing, gave a thumbs-up to the GoPro mounted on the wing, waved to the pilot, and dropped. The feeling was similar to the helicopter, with slightly more headwind. Once again, I pulled at a fair altitude, had a wonderful opening (thanks, packers at Skydive Atlanta!) and landed safely.[Image 4] [Image 5]After putting all of my things away and grabbing a sweatshirt, it was time for alcohol to be allowed in the hangar, so it turned into a party. I sat around and socialized with strangers, thus turning into friends. After a while, food was offered which was surprisingly delicious and much needed. When most people were done eating, performers were finished setting up inside the hangar and initiated their show. I was thoroughly impressed. There were people walking around on stilts, amazing jugglers, fire breathers, and even acrobats. It was a show I would pay to see in Vegas and it was right there in Atlanta during the best boogie of my life (maybe just because it was my first boogie, but still. It was incredible). [Image 6] There was music, a great light show, and everyone was dressed in their Halloween costumes (Come on; female skydivers in slutty Halloween costumes? There’s no going wrong there). [Image 7] After a wonderful night, I returned to my tent, slept through the cold night, woke up Sunday morning, and headed home. I wish I could have stayed for the entire weekend, but even one day there was worth the drive. Skydive Atlanta’s Halloween Boogie and Imaginarium Party was a very memorable experience for me. It helped me appreciate that skydiving really is a community, and we are all related. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at or how many awards you’ve earned. When it comes down to it, we really are all the same: we’re there to have fun and get better at something we love to do. Everyone respects each other, simply because we favor the same sport. We’re by each other’s side to help one another improve and remain safe. I know now that I will never be nervous or hesitant for another boogie or unfamiliar dropzone because I already know and trust that family will be there ready to welcome me and help me.
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    Cinco de Mayo

    It was nothing but blue skies for Skydive Orange's annual Cinco de Mayo boogie 2013. This was my first boogie and all i could think of for weeks prior was the fact that i would finally be able to make my first helicopter jump. What i didn't prepare myself for was what happened after the sun went down.... I love to drink just as much as the other degenerates at the DZ, so i brought out my dual hose beer bong for the weekend in hopes that it could assist in our shenanigans! For this boogie, i decided to dress up as a Lucho Libre wrestler with the same color scheme as my rig, so the whole night i was stuffed into spandex, leather mask, and a cape. (The outfit doesn't become relevant 'til later) After several hours of tequila, Corona, and Dos Equis i decide to whip that beer bong out. This was horrible timing because all that was really left beer wise was about 2 dozen 40 oz bottles of Old English. Why was no one drinking them? We may never know. What i DO know is that a masked man in tights toting nothing but a dual hose beer bong and Old English is not welcomed into most circles. I managed to get 4 people to be a part of this glorious display of awesomeness, and how did i get them to? I offered to be the partnering drinker for each of them! I had somehow tricked myself into bonging a total of 80 oz. of this disgusting piss beer in record time..... I'm not quite sure how things went after this moment, but i did at least end up in my tent. I had also made it into my sleeping bag! i was stuffed into it head first, but that's beside the point. I woke up very wet. I thought i was just sweaty until i climbed out of the bag, saw sitting water inside my tent, and my wrestlers cape balled up completely saturated. If i had to guess, here's how i *think* things went....I made it to the tent, didn't want to go back outside to pee, so i thought if i balled up my cape and pissed into it, it would soak it all up and i could just throw it outside! Note to Self: Costume Capes don't hold that much fluid. Once i figured this out, i just went ahead and pissed all in my tent, and into my sleeping bag. For once, i am SO glad i didn't have a girl in my tent with me that night. There were a lot of firsts at that boogie, but the one thing that i will always remember.......Helicopter jumps are expensive!!!!
  9. In the last 13 years Skydive Algarve has been established as one of the most enjoyable dropzones in Europe. With blue skies, little winds, a beautiful coast line and 28ºC of temperature, the dropzone offers jumpers a real treat. The "Beech99 boogie and freefly festival" will be taking place at Algarve from the 28th September until the 13th of October 2013. During these two weeks, the dropzone will be offering freefly coaching, freefly LO, AFF courses and beach jumpers. More than 350 athletes are expected to pass through the dropzone during this period. Specials have been arranged with hotel partners and local car rentals in order to give attendants the best possible prices. Other activities that can be enjoyed in the area include go-karts, horse riding, golf, paintball, kitesurfing and more. The dz is based at Portimão airfield, located at 70km from the Faro international airport. Sunlight, heat and the vibrant colours of the landscape. Everything in the Algarve is a source of energy offering you the chance to recharge your batteries. For those interested in finding out more about the event and the dropzone, you can visit their site at - www.skydivealgarve.pt
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    Independence Boogie 2013

    Chicagoland Skydiving Center is going all out this year with their annual Independence Boogie, which will be taking place between the 3rd and 7th of July, 2013. The event, which welcomes skydivers from around the world to join, promises to be one of the highlights of this year's boogie calendar. Pre-registrations are already open and early sign ups will ensure a quicker, more efficient check-in. CSC has stated that there will be a registration cap after 350 registrations. Organizers for the even include:Relative Work Sandy Grillet: 16-20 way FS sequentials and RW Regan Tetlow, Skydive Empuriabrava: RW and Shenanigans Karl Meyer, Skydive Arizona: RW and Shenanigans Freefly PJ Jackson, Supafly Skydiving: Angle Flying, Freefly Zach Sabel, SkyVenture Colorado: Freefly Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton, SkyVenture Colorado: Freefly Simon Bones: Weekend Freefly Skills Progression Camp Multimedia Brian Buckland: Photo & Video Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum: Photo, Video, Official Party Organizer Event Schedule:Wednesday, July 3: Aircraft: Super Twin Otter, PAC 750, R44 Helicopter LOs: Sandy Grillet (16-20 way FS Sequentials), Karl Meyer (RW), Regan Tetlow (RW), PJ Jackson (Freefly), Zach Sabel (Freefly), Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton (One-on-one Coaching) Photo/Video: Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum Experienced Jump tickets: Hump Day Discount $19, $69 helicopter jumps Party: Live music at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, bonfire and sand volleyball in the courtyard Thursday, July 4: Aircraft: Super Twin Otter, PAC 750, R44 Helicopter LOs: Sandy Grillet (16-20 way FS Sequentials), Karl Meyer (RW), Regan Tetlow (RW), PJ Jackson (Freefly), Zach Sabel (One-on-one Coaching), Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton (Freefly) Photo/Video: Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum Experienced Jump tickets: $25, $69 helicopter jumps Party: Boogie Beer Olympics sponsored by iSkydive, Live music at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, bonfire in the courtyard. Boogie Beer Olympics: The event will offer 'beer olympics' where you can build your team of 4 and prepare to compete in a series of drinking games, starting with kegstand swoop n’ chug on sunset load. Homemade team uniforms strongly encouraged. The top three teams will be awarded in a medal ceremony. Friday, July 5: Aircraft: Super Twin Otter, PAC 750, R44 Helicopter LOs: Sandy Grillet (16-20 way FS Sequentials), Karl Meyer (RW), Regan Tetlow (RW), PJ Jackson (Freefly), Zach Sabel (Freefly), Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton (One-on-one coaching) Photo/Video: Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum, Brian Buckland Jump tickets: $25, $69 helicopter jumps Party: Hypoxic Film Festival followed by Live DJ in the hangar, bonfire in the courtyard and CSC's monthly Beer Fine Party. Free beer until the kegs are empty! Hypoxic Film Festival rules: One entry per person, films must be in some way related to skydiving and should be no longer than 5 minutes. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awarded with prizes sponsored by Hypoxic and SkyVenture Colorado. Saturday, July 6: Aircraft: Super Twin Otter, PAC 750, Skyvan, R44 Helicopter LOs: Sandy Grillet (RW), Karl Meyer (RW), Regan Tetlow (RW), PJ Jackson (Freefly), Simon Bones (Freefly Skills Camp), Zach Sabel (Freefly), Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton (Freefly) Photo/Video: Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum, Brian Buckland Jump tickets: $25, $69 helicopter jumps Party: Fireworks Show on the airport, Live band in the hangar, 007 James Bond Theme Party, Prize Drawing courtesy of CSC's many sponsors and vendors. There will be give-aways which include tunnel time, discounts, gear, free jumps and more. The event will also have a photobooth set up during the 007 Bond party, and you're encouraged to dress up! There will be prizes awarded to the jumpers whose photos receive the most likes on Facebook the week following the boogie. So go all out! Sunday, July 7: Aircraft: Super Twin Otter, PAC 750, Skyvan, R44 Helicopter LOs: Sandy Grillet (RW), Karl Meyer (RW), Regan Tetlow (RW), PJ Jackson (Freefly), Simon Bones (Freefly Skills Camp), Zach Sabel (Freefly), Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton (Freefly) Photo/Video: Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum, Brian Buckland Jump tickets: $25, $69 Helicopter jumps Prices:The event registration price of $40 includes t-shirt, PD pint glass, goodie bag, wristband for access to boogie beer, parties, fireworks show and organizers. Please note that all boogie LO jumps and freefly camp and jumps from the SkyVan require registration. Single-day registration: $20, walk up at manifest only. Cannot guarantee boogie bag availability for walk-ups. The price of a regular jump ticket is $25. If you buy 10 jumps at this price, you’ll get one added to your account for free. If you buy 25 jumps at this price, CSC will give you 3 for free. Wednesday only experienced jumps are $19. Any licensed skydiver who has never jumped at CSC before will receive their fist jump (from CSC aircraft) free. Just ask for it at manifest. Aircraft:CSC’s Super Twin Otter and PAC 750 are widely regarded as the nicest aircraft in the industry. In addition to their own fleet, they will have Skydive Chicago’s Skyvan for the weekend and an R44 helicopter. Food:The award-winning Flight Deck Bar & Grill is on-site at CSC. Open for breakfast at 8am on weekdays and 7am on weekends. Lunch and dinner menu also available the rest of the day. Guests may eat indoors, on the patio, or grab quick items from the outdoor grill. Hint Water will be providing free refreshments throughout the event and the Red Bull Wings team will be there on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Vendors: Performance Designs UPT Vigil Icarus Canopies Aerodyne SunPath SkyVenture Colorado Cookie Composites Cypres Hypoxic iSkydive and more to come! The Facilities:CSC has spent the past two years building some of the nicest skydiving facilities in the industry. The amazing new 20,000+ square foot campus offers a large array of services to clients including full-service restaurant & bar, retail space, grocery store, training classroom, team rooms, private offices, rigging loft, aircraft hangar, padded packing floor, flat screens mounted in the hangar for quick jump debrief, video lounge, private shower rooms, laundry, RV park (with water, sewer, electric, and internet), bonfire pit, sand volleyball court and much more. CSC have also got lightning-fast free WiFi available and generous area for camping. Where to stay:CSC are already at full capacity in their RV Park, but they welcome you to bring your trailer if you can park it elsewhere on the airport. They regret that they can not provide any additional power or water hookups at this time though. Camping is free, so feel free to bring a tent. Bathroom and shower facilities are available at all hours to those staying on the dropzone. In order to make sure everyone has the best accommodation possible, they have also compiled a list of information with regards to nearby hotels in the Rochelle area. If you plan to fly in, the major Chicago airports are O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). Both are about the same distance from the dropzone. We recommend just booking the best deal you can find. There is not a public transportation option to CSC, so please plan to arrange a ride, rent a car or book a shuttle. Hub Shuttle is available. For more information on the event, you're welcomed to contact Becky Johns at rebeccabjohns [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions, or visit the CSC website at: http://www.skydivecsc.com/
  11. Mark your calendars! July 6th and 7th will be Skydive Arizona's fourth annual Patriots Boogie. The Patriots Boogie is designed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). The SOWF has been caring for the families of fallen and wounded military special operations forces since 1980, most notably by providing college scholarships to the children of these heroes. A $25 registration fee for the Boogie will be matched by Skydive Arizona and donated to the SOWF along with $2 from every sport skydive and $20 from every tandem skydive made that weekend. Raffle tickets will also be available for $20 to win one hour of tunnel time. All proceeds will be donated to the SOWF. At the 2010 Patriots Boogie, Skydive Arizona and its patrons raised $5,050 for the SOWF. In 2011 we raised $8,171, and in 2012 we raised $7,764. Our fundraising goal for 2013 is $10,000. The event will include discounted lift tickets ($22 each), a 2-Way VFS competition organized by Arizona Arsenal, 4-way specific load organizing and coaching by Arizona Airspeed, free barbeque and karaoke contest (with prizes) Saturday night, and boogie beer. Come out and jump the Patriots Boogie and give back to the families of those who have given everything for our country. For more information on this event and others please see www.skydiveaz.com/experienced/events. For more information on the SOWF please see www.specialops.org.
  12. The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the annual holiday boogies. We've looked around and compiled a list of some of the most promising boogies from around the world occurring in the month of December. For all those that are new to the world of skydiving, having maybe just received your A-license and have yet to attend your first boogie, this is a great opportunity to come and experience what skydiving is really all about, because it extends far further than just jumping out of a plane. Holiday Boogies in the United States Skydive City – Annual Christmas BoogieSkydive City in Zephyrhills FL hosts the Annual Christmas Boogie December 22 to January 5. They typically have 800-1000 people from 50 countries visit over this time and fly 3 Twin Otters every day. The party atmosphere is said to be great! They have a new Sunset Bar which has the biggest selection of beer in the area. At the Hard Dock Café, the food is awesome with dinners every night and the entertainment is spectacular. Pirate Day is New Year's Eve, and Skydive City have what many consider to be the best New Year's Eve party on the planet. Live music, midnight Night Jumps to ring in the New Year, the bonfire is on all night every night. Free tent camping and electric hookups available first come, first serve. Laundry, Wi-fi, debrief and training areas, team rooms and televisions stationed all over the dropzones for your use. They have Night Jumps each Saturday Night during the Boogie, High Altitude Loads each Sunday morning. Formation loads, Big-Way organizing with Steve Woodford. Wicked Wingsuits has a school and suit rentals at the dropzone, as well as multiple freefly organizers. The Finnish Invasion happens at the same time, along with 60-Way formation loads with Annemarie, Eric and Markku. Sunshine Factory is onsite with demo and gear rentals, plus all the accessories you could need. Skydive Ratings runs a full-time Instructor Rating school, allowing you to get any rating any time here at Skydive City. Overall the Annual Christmas Boogie looks like crazy fun times from sun-up to sun-down and beyond, and definitely worth considering! For more information visit: Skydive City's Website Tsunami Skydivers – First Annual ‘New Years ReVolution Boogie'Tsunami Skydivers in Oceanside, California is hosting its first annual "New Year's ReVolution Boogie" between the 26th and 31st of December, 2012. Tsunami Skydivers is Southern California’s newest drop zone, located about a mile and a half from the Pacific Ocean. The boogie will have world class organizers for both freeflying and relative work. The DZ's PAC 750 and a Super Caravan will be flying loads each day. What makes this boogie unique is the availability to make a beach jump over Oceanside Harbor and then participate in a sunset booze cruise on December 28th. An A-Star helicopter will take five jumpers to 5,000 feet all day on December 30th, there will also be a "James Bond" themed New Year's Eve party at the host hotel. Pre-purchased jump tickets are $20 each and there is NO boogie fee! There are some pretty fun nightly parties with live music planned. The host hotel offers a skydiver rate. DZO Rich Grimm has hosted international boogies for many years ...he knows how to throw a party! This may well be a boogie worth checking out! Go to www.tsunamiskydivers.com for all of the boogie information and call them Thursday-Sunday to reserve your slot! Holiday Boogies in United Arab Emirates Skydive Dubai – Winter Festival Boogie Skydive Dubai combines world-class staff and a fleet of fast turbine aircraft (Twin Otters, Cessna Caravans & Pilatus Porter) and at the most amazing location over looking the magnificent man-made island "Palm Jumeira" all in the heart of Dubai, just around the corner from all the facilities like hotels, entertainment, transport, etc.. Their Winter Festival Boogie will feature the Euro Sequentials, Atmonauti Record and Daily Load Organizing/coaching by the finest of the skydiving world. They will have a variety of fun activities to choose from after sunset, especially the famous SANDANCE New Year's Eve event at Nasimi Beach in the Atlantis Hotel, The Palm. There is going to be an extensive line up of DJs and overall awesome ambiance, on the sandy beaches of Dubai. You will be able to discover the magic of the Arabian Gulf during this event that will bring you the best of skydiving and enjoyment in the sunniest and most exotic Skydiving Winter destinations! The Program & the People: Atmonauti World record (29th Dec to 5th Jan) with Marco Tiezzi & Gigliola Borgnis The Euro Sequentials (28th Dec to 3rd Jan) with Kristian Moxnes, Havard Flaat, Mike Carpenter & Fabian Raidel. Daily Load Organizing & Coaching in: Freefly by both Teams Maktoum & Dubai NEXUS Wingsuit flying by Julian Boulle, Mike Swanson & Noah Bahnson Flat fly (Craig Girard and Eliana Rodriguez & the Assar Team)There will also be 3 competitions with real awesome prizes and as follows: *Best Skydive Video: 1st Prize : Skydive Dubai branded Canopy 2nd Prize: Skydive Dubai branded Jumpsuit *Best Skydive Comedy (PG rated): One Prize: Skydive Dubai branded Container of your choice *Swoop & Chug Competition: 1st Prize: Brand new iPad 2nd Prize: Iphone 5 3rd Prize: 15 minutes Tunnel Session with the Organizer" Booking for the Event: Booking is a must, Registration is $50 and gives you access to the event.(Multiple optional activities available for booking onsite). Slots to attend are limited. Book online at: www.skydivedubai.ae ***This is a 500jumps/D license Event strictly. Holiday Boogies in Europe Skytime Castellon – Christmas BoogieBetween the 22nd of December and the 1st of January this year, Skytime Castellón will host their ‘Christmas Boogie’, the dropzone is located on the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that you’ve got almost an entire beach to use as your landing area. They will be operating at 14 000ft and using a Pilatus Porter B2H4, which is the resident jumpship at the dropzone. Castellón is a beautiful area and offers an amazing variety of entertainment outside of the dropzone too, with lots of sight-seeing to be done. Rental equipment, packers, creepers, mock-up, are only few of their facilities. Special guests during the boogie include Tim Porter (Elite Athlete, Free Fly Instructor, Load Organizer). The dropzone has excellent coaching and as reflected by the dz rating on dropzone.com, they offer a great experience with friendly staff. If their boogie is anything like their general operations, it promises to be a good one. Check their web site to organize your trip and choose hotels and flights. The closest internationals airports are Valencia and Reus. Holiday Boogies in Southern Africa Swakopmund – Desert BoogieThe Desert Boogie hosted by the Swakopmund Skydiving club is the longest running annual boogie in Southern Africa, after its debut in 1978 the club has continued to keep tradition alive with the boogie now on its 34th year. Each year is a success and great fun is had by those attending. The boogie will play host to visitors from around the world and see a variety of forms of jumping taking place, static line student jumps, wing suiting, free flying, formation skydiving and special beach jumps will take place over the period which spans nearly 2 weeks. While the boogie will provide something for all skydivers as it always does, there is also a focus on getting whuffos to join the sport. This year there will be Atlas Angel (9 pax) for the fun jumpers, while static line students will jump from a Cessna 182, a Huey will also be available for the progressing students. For residents of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Namibia in particular, this boogie is definitely going to be marked off on the calendar. For more information and bookings, you can contact the dropzone via their website: www.skydiveswakopmund.com If you know of any holiday boogies happening around your area, let us know by commenting below.
  13. What: Skydive Moab’s ninth-annual skydiving festival When: Sept. 26-30, 2012 Where: Skydive Moab (Canyonlands Airport off Highway 191) Cost: $15-$45 registration fee; $200-$235 per tandem jump More info: Tandem skydives, fun jumps, beautiful scenery, and nightly parties Get ready to free-fall over one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country! Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26, Skydive Moab is hosting its ninth-annual Mother of All Boogies (M.O.A.B.), a five-day festival inviting thrill-seekers from across the globe to experience skydiving at its finest. First-time jumper? Accomplished skydiver? No matter your experience level, Skydive Moab welcomes individuals age 18 and older to revel in all M.O.A.B. has to offer. Jump with a professional tandem instructor or maximize your number of skydives as a fun jumper. View Arches and Canyonlands National Parks from 17,500 feet MSL, enjoy four- to seven-minute canopy rides overlooking the La Sal Mountains and the Colorado River, and top off the excitement with an array of nightly festivities. In collaboration yet again with Skydive Arizona, SkyVenture Colorado and a number of exceptional coordinators, Skydive Moab plans to deliver an unforgettable 2012 Boogie for approximately 150 participants. What to look forward to this yearUnlike past Boogies, however, this year’s festivities will begin on Wednesday. For $235, tandem students can jump and land at the Moab airport—a perfect location for taking in the beautiful desert scenery. Deduct $35 if you have jumped with Skydive Moab before, and ask about deals for locals, which are available during the festival and all year long. C-licensed skydivers (those with at least 200 recorded jumps) can also take advantage of this extra day to experience more remote areas of Moab. What better way to kick off the Boogie than with specialty jumps from a Cessna 182 into Caveman Ranch, a scenic site with its own runway along the Colorado River. The adrenaline will pick up again on Thursday morning with the arrival of a Skyvan and Super Otter provided by Skydive Arizona. Offering space for 22 skydivers per load, these aircrafts can accommodate individuals who prefer to jump in large groups or alongside friends and family: a perfect photo op for those interested in recording their exhilarating Boogie memories. Videos and pictures are available for purchase at Skydive Moab. In addition to the thousands of words’ worth of pictures taken, some of the finest organizers in the world of gravity-defying sports will be attending this year’s Boogie. Licensed jumpers and tandem students alike are sure to have a memorable jumping experience with help from coordinators specializing in all-that-is-skydiving. Skydive overload? M.O.A.B.ites can reflect on day two of jumping over delicious beer and grub at the Moab Brewery on Thursday night. But they’ll be at it again Friday morning. Boogie members interested in harnessing up with a tandem master can skydive at the airport all day long (until, of course, they’ve worked up an appetite). On Friday night, paid participants can celebrate another successful day of jumping with barbeque and a bonfire all night long. That’s right—Skydive Moab will be feeding all hungry adrenaline junkies for FREE. And things are bound to get heated with a spectacular fire show performed by Moab’s own Pyromancy. For all you fun jumpers out there, Friday evening will consist of skydives into spectacular Castle Valley. Surrounded by 1,500-foot red cliff walls and 13,000-foot mountain peaks, Castle Valley offers C-licensed jumpers yet another view of the incredible Moab scenery. The airport party continues through the weekend with—well, more skydiving (obviously), as well as a $10 feast and a little rock and roll. Saturday’s entertainment will be provided by the very talented Stonefed, a local blues band sure to bring the funk. The last of the boogieing will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30. Can’t attend all five days? No problem. Skydive Moab offers a $15 one-day pass for those with limited time in the area. Not just skydivingAttention fun jumpers: Free camping is available at the airport, or for you spelunkers out there, Caveman Ranch is providing unique hospitality for $50 per night. Its eight available caves are located 39 miles south of the airport. Visit www.cavemanranch.com for more information on this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Furthermore, M.O.A.B. participants with time permitting are encouraged to explore the plethora of other local activities and businesses. A world-renowned mecca for outdoor sports such as mountain biking, jeeping, base jumping and rock climbing, Moab also caters to the southwestern aficionado with its distinctive restaurants and galleries. Founded by Clint MacBeth in November 2003, Skydive Moab now claims over 30,000 recorded skydives, including tandem, sport and student jumps. Upholding its stellar reputation in the skydiving world, Skydive Moab also boasts the title of Best Scenic Cessna Drop Zone in the country. Bestowed by Blue Skies Magazine’s 2010 reader-poll, this accolade recognized Skydive Moab for its state-of-the-art piston-powered aircraft. Safety is priority number one at Skydive Moab. Jumpers can rest assured that they are in good hands, as the drop zone prides itself in using the most advanced equipment on the market, including Automatic Activation Devices (AADs) and United Parachute Technologies Sigma rigs. Helping to maintain Skydive Moab’s outstanding reputation are tandem masters Pat Martin and Jimmy Peterson, along with pilot Chris Garrison and FAA-certified rigger Greg Stone. The staff members have been acknowledged on numerous accounts for their welcoming attitudes, excellent proficiencies and entertaining performances. Enthusiastic about his role at Skydive Moab, Peterson states, “I have the best job in the world, and I love sharing the sport with new people every day.” Drawing on a combined expertise of over 75 years in the business, as well as more than 10,000 successful tandem jumps, Skydive Moab ensures a safe and comfortable experience for skydivers of all skill levels. And the customers agree. In addition to the numerous online testimonies, on-site customers have expressed their great satisfaction and appreciation, offering “sincere thanks to Skydive Moab. Your prep time made us feel like a friend!” Recognized for going above and beyond in training and prepping its clients, it’s no wonder Skydive Moab is the most referred skydiving center in Utah. First-time jumpers Shelly Steadman and Erek Burek even heard about Skydive Moab on a Colorado radio station. Although nervous at first, the marketing manager and software technician from Grand Junction were beyond pleased with their experience at Skydive Moab. “Not only were the views spectacular,” Burek said, “the operation went so smoothly and the staff did a wonderful job of keeping us calm and prepping us for our first jumps.” Steadman noted her “impressive stand-up landing,” stating that “the instructors were awesome” and “we would definitely recommend Skydive Moab to our friends!” Experience the hype for yourself by registering for Skydive Moab’s ninth-annual Mother of All Boogies festival. Skilled jumpers will pay $45 for all five days of fun, including the food, fire show, live music, and top-of-the-line airplanes not normally found in Moab. Tandem students and spectators are also welcome to join in the festivities. Come boogie with some of the best in the business! For more details or to register for M.O.A.B., visit www.skydivemoab.com or call 435-259-5867. Spots are limited.
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    Skydive for Rhinos 2012

    In 2011, a group of dedicated conservationists decided to conquer their fear of heights in order to raise funds for South Africa’s rhinos. This initiative, started by six ladies from the African Conservation Trust, soon went viral, generating R500,000 (approximately $65,000) for anti-poaching and conservation of rhinos in the Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa. What was initially expected to be a single event has grown into a national campaign, and led to Skydive for Rhinos 2012 www.skydive4rhinos.org. Rhino horn has been prized for thousands of years for it’s beauty when carved, and for it’s supposed healing qualities. A common misconception is that it is prescribed as an aphrodisiac, but it is in fact thought to cure a number of illnesses and afflictions, from snakebite and typhoid to “devil possession”. As a result, all five species of rhinoceros are facing extinction. Three of these five species, including the Black Rhino which occurs in southern and eastern Africa, are listed as “critically endangered”. The White Rhino, Africa’s other species, has been saved from extinction only by conservation efforts. At present there are only 14500 White Rhino and 3610 Black Rhino left in the wild. The slaughter has reached epidemic proportions, it is estimated that over 1200 animals have been killed for their horns in the last four years. At present, South Africa is losing one rhino at a rate of more than one per day to poachers. So far 339 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year, and even museum specimens around the world have been targeted for this highly lucrative illegal market in recent years. This year, instead of 40 people jumping, the plan is for over 400 people to take the plunge. Last year, 448 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone so the plan is for at least that number of people jumping for rhinos in 2012. The target for fundraising is R10,000,000 (about $1,200,000). Initially four events were planned, but The Ranch Skydiving Boogie and Symposium near Polokwane boosted this to five. At the time of writing, three of these events have already taken place and R5.5 million has been raised. The first event, which was held near Johannesburg at the end of July, saw 64 people make a tandem Skydive for Rhinos. 77 sport skydivers made their contribution at the Ranch event at the end of August, and 75 tandem jumps were made at Durban Skydive Centre in Kwazulu-Natal later that month. The penultimate event is to be held near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on the weekend of 1-2 September, and Skydive for Rhinos will close off at Skydive Robertson, near Cape Town in the Western Cape. The end-of-campaign event at Skydive Robertson will coincide with World Rhino Day on 22 September 2012. Numerous public figures, sporting stars, actors, actresses, models, television and radio personalities, presenters, producers, artists, conservationists, CEOs, directors, foundations, brands and organisations are behind the campaign and participating - significant awareness and exposure is being generated, along with the much-needed funding. Elise Daffue, founder of www.stoprhinopoaching.com , was thrilled with her jump, “This was one of the scariest, most incredible and insane moments of my life!” she said. “From way up there you can see forever and I couldn't help but get very emotional, knowing that the rhino reserves and their security staff in the areas below us are being constantly challenged by poaching gangs. The huge significance of this campaign, each and every one of us facing our fears and taking a giant leap for rhinos, really struck home. What an amazing day with such inspiring people.” Actress Michelle Bradshaw described her skydive as “The best thing I have ever done!”, and Don Airton of Zululand Rhino Reserve said “Thanks to you guys for everything, I think I’m still up there somewhere – thought I was flying like Superman!” According to Mike Rumble, skydiving logistics coordinator for the campaign, ordinary South Africans whose ages range from 13 to 77 years are signing up for tandem skydives at these events. Each participant is raising money as an individual, with every cent going towards saving South Africa’s two species of rhino from extinction. The whole concept is not only good for rhino conservation, it’s good for skydiving. A further bonus is that skydiving legend Olav Zipser, the “Father of Modern Freefly”, has signed up as a rhino ambassador. He attended the Ranch event and the weekend at Durban Skydive Centre, and will also be at the events near Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. So far more than 45 individuals have committed to making a tandem jump at each of the two remaining events. “When Mike Rumble told me about the Skydive for Rhinos trip I loved it right away. I think it’s a great way to attract attention and make people kiss the sky in the name of the rhinos. These animals really need help and we can help them! To skydive for them and collect all your profit for the donation is a happy and good thing to do. Love it.” is what Olav had to say after jumping for rhinos at the Ranch and Durban Skydive Centre. Skydive for Rhinos is certainly no publicity stunt, it is a committed and serious fundraising and awareness campaign with an international following. It is driven by a respected South African NGO, the African Conservation Trust www.projectafrica.com, which has been in existence for 12 years. The campaign also represents the power of skydiving and it’s participants to make a difference in any field where people have the passion to do so.
  15. What: Mother of All Boogies (MOAB) Who: You, Your Mojo, and World Class Organizers Where: Skydive Moab, Utah When: Wednesday, September 22-Sunday, September 26, 2010 Pre-registration: September 10th or before for $35, after for $45. Includes goodie bag, organizing, Friday BBQ and beer. Click here to register Why: Amazing Views and the Time of your life Skydive Moab has held six successful M.O.A.B.s in a row, and we think that the 7th will be the best one yet! Specialty jumps into beautiful red canyon landscapes along the Colorado River will make you wonder if the GPS accidentally put you out over Mars. Imagine seeing Moab’s red rocks, glowing at sunset, from altitude, on a cross country jump. Take in a ten minute canopy ride at sunset and see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the town of Moab, the Colorado River, and the La Sal Mountains. An Otter and Skyvan supplied by Skydive Arizona, world-class organizers, and parties every night round out the awesomeness. We will have a goodie bag and a $10 discount for jumpers who sign up before September 10th. We’ve put attention into every detail of your experience, like our 46 inch HD TV for you to watch videos on and a downloading station set up to dub down your videos. There will be a number of vendors including Performance Designs, UPT, Mirage Systems, TonySuits, Phoenix-Fly and HYPOXIC. Specialty Jumps On Wednesday we’ll do specialty jumps out of the Cessna starting at noon. This year, unlike the previous six years, we have added Wednesday to the boogie so we can get our pilot to fly around Moab and drop jumpers off out of our souped-up Cessna 182, “Hot Rod.” Seriously, we want you to see Moab and land in remote areas to really get a feel for this amazing place. The first jump will be into the beautiful Sorrel River Ranch. You must have a C license. Those not jumping in can come to Sorrel early to enjoy drinks on the banks of the Colorado, or a relaxing spa visit. Sorrel River Ranch has a beautiful grassy main landing area (officially designated as an alternate DZ for us), surrounded by 1500 ft. red cliff walls, beautiful landscaping everywhere, and the Mighty Colorado River flowing behind it. The striking backdrop is punctuated by the world famous Castleton Tower, a 350 ft. sheer rock with a 1200 ft. talus, and the La Sal Mountains rising behind to almost 13,000 ft. MSL. We’ll also have jumps into Castle Valley. The world-renowned Mineral Bottom jumps experienced a hiccup of biblical proportions when the already scary switchback road washed out in four places in recent flooding. If there’s enough interest, Skydive Moab will pay for the insurance to handle Cessna loads in and out of the backcountry airstrip. Of course, this is assuming the dirt airstrip is in good enough condition to land. Out of every lemon comes some tasty lemonade, though, and the big story of Mineral Bottom Road washing out combined with good local relations has led to local land owners reaching out to us and offering up new beautiful off-site jumping opportunities. Thursday: Otter Arrives, and Friday I’m in Love (with a Skyvan) The Otter arrives at noon, and as soon as there are enough people to keep the planes running, the Skyvan will show up – so if enough people come and start jumping on Thursday, we’ll have both planes! The Skyvan is guaranteed to show up by Friday. World Class Organizers Melissa Nelson will be organizing all types of skydives! She is one of the best in the world at what she does so don’t miss out on jumping with one of skydiving’s natural talents. Skydive Arizona will bring up Craig Amrine again this year to organize freefly, hybrid, and tracking jumps. They will also have Brianne Thompson from the USA women’s 4-way team, which recently took 2nd place in Russia. She will be organizing RW jumps for all experience levels. Lyle Presse, from Skydive Sebastian & Flexvision, along with Skydive Chicago’s TJ Hine, will be doing 20 and 40 ways for the weekend, and will likely even be going for a Utah RW State Record! They’re also planning to open up a new amazing spot near on the Colorado River. Can you say record fest? We’re going for a number of Utah State records! Most formation category records, if not all if you go by the USPA website, are up for grabs. Jeff Nebelkopf from TonySuits, who was on June’s cover of Parachutist magazine flying his X-bird for Project XRW, will be organizing wingsuits and bringing Tonysuit demo wingsuits. Jay Epstein from Adrenaline Exploits will grace Moab with his extensive experience and affable personality yet again this year (he’s been coming here longer than the owner). Jay will be doing some fun specialty jumps and will have Phoenix Fly demo wingsuits. Keith MacBeth and Eli Bolotin will be organizing a few jumps at some point, including a couple CReW jumps and one or two Cross Country Jumps. Photographers for this year’s boogie will be Skydive Moab staff members Ben Lowe and Chris Hunter. Clint’s brother, Keith MacBeth will be taking photos also this year so between the three of them, we’ll have some amazing photos to send out and get published! Nightlife: Get your boogie on! Thursday night, we’ll be heading to the Moab Brewery. We take over the bar and take advantage of great discounts on delicious beer and food. Friday night is Triple B night: “BBQ, Bonfire, and Beer.” We’ll be providing food and drink for registered participants wearing wristbands, so be sure to get carded! Saturday night, dinner will be served again at the DZ. After you’re all done with the food, Sparkle Motion - a huge hit last year - will be back to get it on Disco style until 12am so bring your most appropriate outfit!! If that’s not cool enough, after the disco, change outfits and then DJ Amy Griffin & friend will be spinning for us… until they make us stop! Sunday night, enjoy a nice relaxing dinner someplace in town to reflect on another great boogie. Monday…………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz for at least 12 hours! See you there.
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    A Decade of SkyFest

    SkyFest celebrates 10 years of giving back to the sport of skydiving this June 15-21st at one of the top-rated dropzones in the country. Yes, that is right- the event will be at Skydive the Farm in Rockmart, Georgia, adding more to the already incredible history of this unique event: The Boogie that “Pays it Skyward.” The Dive PlanSkyFest (SF) and the Skydiving Scholarship Fund were established after Jerry’s death to continue his efforts in keeping upcoming jumpers safer and longer in the sport. Jerry believed that coaching programs provide the bridge between student status and becoming a safer, experienced, long-term skydiver. He also knew that we needed more skydivers to get involved in coaching, if nothing else, for the education alone. The Fund has donated thousands of dollars to many jumpers over the south/south east over the years. Several DZ’s work closely to distribute the funds raised to offer free coaching jumps, cover the cost of canopy control courses, or even help with obtaining ratings. Jerry believed that we lose our jumpers between 25 to 100 jumps due to the fact that they had no one to jump with and would simply give up. And with today’s coaching fees, it’s even more prevalent than the old days when the pioneers loved passing their knowledge on for free. We simply took the ways of the days of ole and created an environment that would endorse their beliefs. The Load Organizers (LO) that have participated at SkyFest unknowingly created a “vibe” that sparked a true essence of what it’s about, much more than ever expected. They truly create something that cannot be expressed with words. Looking BackJerry was one of the first skydiving instructor/examiners in the sport. Jerry started jumping in 1959 and had accumulated over 3500 jumps and flying hours as an instructor not only in skydiving, but also in many types of aircraft. He was a CFI in single engine, land and sea, dual engine, helicopter, lighter-than-air, gliders, and had an ATP rating. He traveled all over the world with his wife Sherry as she judged skydiving events. Sherry was the Chief Judge for most of the US Nationals in the 70’s and 80’s, and she went on to become USPA’s only female President in its history. They operated The Dallas Parachute Association in Seagoville, Texas from the late 60’s to the mid 80’s where their 3 children learned to pack by the time they were 6 years old. Together, they dedicated their lives to the safety, growth, and retention of the sport they loved. Mentoring and coaching became Jerry's goal early in his 41 years of skydiving history. He immediately saw the need that many students still struggle with today over 50 years later. Students do not have anyone to work with unless they pay for a coach after completing the AFF (Accelerated Freefall) or Static Line course. Never asking for anything in return, Jerry donated his time and money by sharing his knowledge with the new or experienced jumper as a safe and trusted “jump buddy”. He would be the first to take you by the hand and spend the day with you by inviting you on his skydives. Since the early 70’s, those who were around refer to themselves as one of “Jerry’s Kids”. To this day a “Jerry’s Kid” can be found in many places around the globe. Jerry believed continued education of the sport, its equipment and aircraft would create a safer environment in the sky and on the ground. Jerry passed away on October 14, 2000 at the age of 65 from a heart attack, while deploying his main canopy, after completing a memorable skydive with some of "Jerry's Kids". We look at it as “he never landed” and died of “natural causes in his natural environment”. Paying it Skyward at SF 10’SkyFest will have many Load Organizers in most disciplines dedicated to assisting the new jumper in advancing their skills, safety, and awareness by creating low pressure dives that anyone can feel comfortable being on. We encourage the newer jumpers to get there early so they may participate on the SCR (first 8 ways) jumps and eventually increase the size as the days pass. SkyFest is not run like most events, each LO has a specific “schedule” to follow, thus allowing each one to have the desired experienced jumpers to assist the new jumper - meaning we will have several LO’s dedicated to 8 way groups the first few days of the event, not allowing any big ways so we can ensure we have enough “players” to fulfill the needs of the young jumper. For those not quite ready for 8 ways, we have you covered as well. Every jump will include “coaching” in one way or another at no charge, so feel free to join us and take advantage of the experienced jumpers dedicated to spend time with you. Many manufacturers will be present to provide you with the latest and greatest developments with their equipment in our sport. There will be a gear auction Saturday night that will enable you to get great deals on all types of equipment. The auction items will range from helmets, audible altimeters, to tunnel time, containers, and much more for you to bid on. We cannot express the gratitude we have towards the folks that have assisted SF over the years and the manufacturers for supporting the event. We will have an Otter, Casa, Helicopter and possibly more to be announced. The Helicopter will be there all week offering jumps for only $60! The Casa will be the place to launch rafts, hoops, most inflatables, safe sex ways, and tube dives! SF usually draws folks from over 36 states and a dozen countries, a chance to see old friends and make new ones worldwide. Black Friday will be entertaining us with their great sound Friday Night. Lindsay Galloway and her ladies of Zazzua will be bellydancing the night away for us. Zazzua is an American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance group. Let’s not forget the free beer, and of course, a chance to party “Farm Style”! With two natural swoop ponds, 55 acres, beautiful country side, and The ChutingStar Gear store, what more could you ask for? We will be going for several State Records during the event, including Women’s 20+ ways. A raffle will be held to allow one lucky winner to go and jump with 19 women in hopes of obtaining a 20 Way Pink Patch! PUPS (Parachutist Under Phorty) will be making their debut to recruit jumpers to participate in their upcoming Record Attempt TBA. Rumor has it there may be a PUPS /POPS competition in the works! Need your first 8 way? Come join us as we support the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Awards and participate in one of the oldest skydiving traditions in our sport! Safety is of upmost importance and violations of the rules will be strictly enforced. We will have designated swoop loads for the ponds. Let’s make this another safe SkyFest. Pre register now online at www.skyfestboogie.com and become a part of SkyFest’s incredible 10 year history. The boogie that truly “Pays it Skyward” has something for everyone! Many thanks to everyone involved over the years! Sincerely The Schrimsher Family
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    The FIFTH Annual MOAB

    Written by Steph Davis. Photos by Chris Hunter, Hunter Imagery. The 5th Annual "Mother Of All Boogies" swept over Moab, Utah from September 25 to 28th. The weather was perfect, the energy was high and the jumpers spread out over the desert with adventurous off-site loads. Loads went up consistently and efficiently, and there was no waiting for plane rides. Clint MacBeth, owner of Skydive Moab, outdid himself again with the best Boogie in recent memory. Two Super Otters and a Skyvan flew in from Skydive Arizona. Amy Chmelecki organized some great skydives for freeflyers and trackers, and Jay Epstein of Adrenaline Exploits provided Phoenix Fly wingsuit demos and flocking jumps. Thanks to Performance Designs, which had a full selection of demo canopies available, and to United Parachute Technologies, which brought their SkyHook RSL system. SkyHook RSL allowed jumpers to demo with an intentional cut-away jump. An estimated 150 experienced skydivers and 140 tandem jumpers made a total of 1500+ jumps over the course of the weekend. The locals of Moab quickly got into the spirit of things, and the Canyonlands airport employees got so caught up in the excitement that they made multiple tandem jumps over the course of the boogie, including our mechanic and airport manager. As anticipated, the real highlights of the Boogie this year were the Mineral Canyon and Castle Valley loads. An Otter flew over the spectacular Mineral Canyon wildlands, and jumpers were able to dip into some of the most beautiful walls in the world, swooping the cliff tops and then landing 750 feet below, beside the winding Colorado River. A Unimog drove everyone back to the DZ, an adventure in itself, up steep switch-backing dirt roads through the canyons. The Mineral load was so spectacular that Mario Richard, Skydive Moab’s pilot, stopped jumping himself that day to fly the Cessna 182 in and out of the backcountry landing strip to share the magic with another dozen lucky skydivers. There will be a lot more Mineral Canyon action at next year’s boogie, because most people touched down glowing, and shouting that it was the best jump of their lives. Another gorgeous Otter load was the sunset jump over Castle Valley, with the full palette of desert color over Castleton Tower, the LaSal Mountains and the red Fisher Towers in the distance. Local jumpers Mike Messick and Julie Wentz welcomed everyone into their backyard for a landing zone and drinks and snacks. There were a few barbeques near the hanger throughout the event, along with fireworks, bonfires, and plenty of dogs enjoying the scene. Jumpers were able to camp at the Moab airport, surrounded by beautiful desert scenery. Everyone stayed busy with plenty of other local activities, including Thursday night at the Moab Brewery, sub terminal BASE jumping, mountain biking and dirt biking, balloon jumps and hiking in Arches National Park. Everyone left the Boogie having lived the magic of the Moab desert, a place of surreal beauty, wild energy and freedom. As always, the M.O.A.B. just keeps getting better. Rumor has it, that Clint has planned 2 full days in Mineral Bottom for next year. Hmmm…
  18. What do you get when you take a few hundred skydivers, lots of jump planes, and the most beautiful landscape on earth? The Fifth Annual M.O.A.B. Boogie, September 25-28, 2008. The MOAB Boogie has grown every year, and it keeps getting better. We'll have Skydive Arizona's Otters and possibly their SkyVan flying loads over our DZ, with the "standard" Moab scenery of red canyons and buttresses, Castleton Tower, Arches/Canyonlands National Parks and the LaSal Mountains on every flight. This year we are adding two spectacular special jumps, which can't be found anywhere else in the world. Mineral Canyon is a wild piece of canyonland just west of the airport, miles of red cliffs lining the Green River. This area is a scenic draw for visitors to Moab, as well as a prime destination for BASE jumpers, thanks to its 400 foot cliffs and 1000 foot canopy ride over the talus slopes into the river valley. We have permission to use the dirt landing strip beside the river for a special Mineral Canyon load this year, and the jump is truly unique for its 3D character. You'll open above the cliffs, feeling like the rim is your landing zone, but then the jump just keeps on going, as you fly into the canyon over the river, for another 1500 feet of canopy ride with the walls rising around you. After the jump, a Unimog will take you up the 4WD switchback road (which will be the 2nd best part of this, past the Meri's Gash BASE exit and to a school bus which will shuttle you back to the airport. This ride along the Dead Horse Point road is a scenic bonus, so keep the cameras out. The Castle Valley load on Friday evening has become tradition for the MOAB. This year the land owners has allowed 1 extra Otter load to land into the property. The plane flies over Arches National Park, towards the LaSals, and into Castle Valley. This is the famous climbing and BASE jumping grouping of Castleton Tower, the Rectory, and the Priest, perhaps the most photographed desert towers in the world. The scenic flight would be worth it alone. You will make your jump over these sandstone towers and land in the desert, and get shuttled back 35 miles to the DZ, along the curving Scenic Hwy 128, The River Road. And of course, we'll have organizers all boogie long for: RW, VRW, Tracking, Hop n Pops, Wingsuits, etc. The beer line will be heavily watched this year. It's only 3.2% beer but you are still going to buy some for violating the line. This is for YOUR SAFETY! Lodging this year will be at the Super 8 Motel again. They have 108 rooms and they are giving us the best price of any hotel. If you want the full Moab experience, you might want to camp out, and come a day early to hike, or ride mountain bikes, jeeps, ATV's. Moab is also a world destination for rafting, rock climbing and petroglyphs. There are plenty of great restaurants in town, and Thursday night is always Moab Brewery night. We have the bar area to ourselves and the back room of the restaurant to eat appetizers (specializing in wings!) and food and sample their microbrew. If you sample too much, there is a Moab taxi service to get you safely back to the hotel. If you can take a few extra days off of work, then you'll want to get here early to get out on an ATV and check out Moab from the ground. Experience the canyons and cliffs from deep inside the trails. Pre-registration is $30 before Friday, September 12th Skydive Arizona's World Class Organizers and Aircraft. Wingsuit demos by Phoenix Fly and Organizing with Jay Epstein. Thursday Night - Moab Brewery Night. Great Beer and Appetizers. Friday Night BBQ at the Airport. FREE Food and drinks for all registered jumpers. Saturday Night Party (TBA at registration)Bring your cameras and all your toys, and we'll see you here in Moab, September 25-28, for the Mother Of All Boogies (MOAB)!
  19. The ground shakes. The sound of turbines tears through the air and desert animals flee from the shadow cast by the formation of north-bound planes. The airpower of Skydive Arizona is returning to Skydive Moab for fifth time this September... Mother Of All Boogies is back. Clint MacBeth and Bryan Burke are again teaming up for 4th annual MOAB. "This year's MOAB will have everything that makes it the world's best desert boogie," says Skydive Moab owner, Clint MacBeth. "We are still planning on skydiving into Mineral Bottom Canyon, (just next to Canyonlands National Park), cross-country jumps over the beautiful Moab red rocks at sunset, Utah State record attempts and the best RW and freefly organizers are all a go." Skydive Arizona will again divide the fleet between Eloy and Utah. The Super Skyvan is coming and with it will be two Super Otters (if enough jumpers show up to support the 3rd plane). "When Bryan Burke brings Skydive Arizona's airpower to the desert, people want to skydive hard! Last year we had over 220 jumpers and did almost 2500 jumps, says MacBeth. "We'll have the best planes, pilots and load organizers here making it happen." Surrounded by the Mars-like terrain of the High Desert, Skydive Moab sits between two spectacular National Parks and one State Park. Arches and Canyonlands are both right out the window on jump run as well as Dead Horse Point and other stunning sites. The physical beauty of the desert is unbelievable from the ground - from 13,000 feet it may be the most memorable sight of your life. Amy Chmelecki, Todd Hawkins, Jay Epstein and Wyat Andrews will be organizing loads for the expected 225+ jumpers from across the globe! The Mother Of All Boogies is proud to have Amy Chmelecki organizing freefly and hybrid jumps. "She's putting together awesome jumps at all skill levels," says MacBeth. The Utah state record is in the sights this September and Arizona Airspeed's Todd Hawkins intends to capture it. "I'm betting after Saturday's record attempt, Todd and some very happy RW jumpers are going to be very excited," says MacBeth. Hawkins will also be organizing RW loads from 2-way and up. Jay Epstein, from Adrenaline Exploits, returns to coach those who want to learn and load organize for experienced body pilots. Also on tap for the MOAB; hop n pop-cross-country sunset jumps overlooking both Arches & Canyonlands National Park, the Colorado and Green Rivers and many more spectacular views that Moab has to offer. Flockers, trackers and wingsuiters will have this year's newest gear to demo brought by Phoenix Fly. Performance Designs will have the hottest new canopies for all disciplines for you to try. A representative from PD will be available to help you pick and fly the right canopy for you at Skydive Moab where the field elevation is 4550' msl. Featured vendors for the 4th annual MOAB include: Performance Designs, Opening Shock and Icarus' Canopies. There will be plenty of Go Fast energy drinks to keep you jumping. Other vendors and sponsors will be supplying the shwag for raffles, prizes and giveaways. Noted adrenaline-sports videographer Tom Morrow, of Action Adept, is producing the 4th MOAB boogie video. "There will be a fire-wire booth set up to donate your jump and party videos," says Morrow. "The number of jumpers here with digital cameras means everybody makes it into the final product. We just need everyone to firewire right after the jump." Once the sun has set, the party starts! Thursday night: jumpers head into town to The Moab Brewery for some great beer and cheap appetizers! Friday night: Beer, BBQ and Bonfire. Saturday night: Party at the airport. There will be free camping at the airport. The average seasonal temperature for this part of the High Desert is 83F daytime and 45F night time… perfect skydiving and camping weather. Skydivers can decide to camp or stay in a hotel in town, we are reserving limited rooms for those who want a room (they won't last long, so reserve early). "Another great thing about this area is that there are a lot of cool things to do in Moab," says MacBeth. "The bike-riding here is world-renowned. Plus, we have rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, Jeeping, Rafting, ATV & Hummer tours. But, really, the view from altitude is enough to keep everyone coming back." Skydive Moab has been featured on Fox Sports Network, Warren Miller films, the TV show Destination Wild, the Travel Channel and BBC (British Broadcast Company). They were also hired for Discovery Channel's Man vs Wild. Register early by September 14th for only $30 (or later for $40). For more info visit www.skydivemoab.com
  20. Don Kirlin and the World Free Fall Convention announced today the 2007 event has been cancelled. Citing logistic and personal reasons, the world's largest skydiving event is taking a break. The convention has always been on the cutting edge of the industry. From unusual jump ships to manufacturers with new products to debut, the convention has been the place that lured skydivers from around the world to Illinois for 10 days each year. As the sport has changed over the years, the convention has taken on many different looks appealing to different segments of the industry. The convention takes months of planning and money to strive to be what it's founder, Don Kirlin believed in most... He always challenged his team to produce the best skydiving event in the world year after year. After 17 years, and moving the event from Quincy, IL to Rantoul, IL, he says it's just time to take a little break. "We need to recharge our batteries and start fresh reinventing the World Free Fall Convention for the future. I've always tried to think outside of the box, I'm open to ideas, and look to the skydiving community for ideas as we assess every aspect of our operation. I'm not sure where we will be in 2008, but, it is my desire along with the staff of the WFFC, that we will be back in the grand form in which the convention grew up from in the 90's." Mr. Kirlin noted that the WFFC has been the only boogie ever to provide a Boeing 727 for jumping purposes. Other remarkable jumpships include a Super Constellation, Family Channel Blimp, C-130, and Bell 412 Helicopter. B-17 and B-24 Bombers from World War II were a hit as well. Recently a glider and an AN-2 were featured along with a DC-9. Over 600,000 jumps have been completed during the course of the WFFCs' 17 years. Visitors from every State and over 70 foreign countries have come to jump the variety that only the WFFC has provided. "We have loved every minute of the past 17 years."
  21. It is an old cliché, "Different strokes for different folks". Bright city lights, crowded, bustling streets, or, moonlit skies, touchable stars, and the cozy warmth of a glowing campfire. The latter has to be experienced in Moab, Utah, where the third annual M.O.A.B (Mother of all Boogies) was celebrated this past September. Relaxed, peaceful, and laid-back were among the comments from the high-spirited participants and from the many enthusiastic spectators. Skydive Arizona shone for the 4-day event bringing their Super Skyvan and two Twin Otters, and of course, Bryan Burke. Load organizer Andy Honigbaum (Airspeed), worked magic over the course of the Boogie. He said, "it's the most jumps I've made at a boogie. Almost 40 jumps for the weekend." With close to 2500 total jumps, 210 experienced jumpers, and 140 tandems, the airpower was rockin' all weekend. Special loads carried 40 jumpers in the Needles Outpost area. The jumpers landed on the dirt runway just hundreds of feet away from Canyonlands National Park. Skydivers from Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia were collectively in awe of the unique painted scenery at their disposal. A couple of Utah un-official state records were broken during the Boogie. Andy organized a 21-way on Saturday, and then on the following day with a 23-way being accomplished. An all woman's state record (9 way), was achieved also for a large RW formation, which turned into a hybrid for yet another record. Spirits were high, and these accomplishments may just be the telltale signs. Friday night's cookout was a huge success with 220 hamburgers, 100 hot dogs, and other munchies, being inhaled within 2 hours! Needless to say, the day's activities manifested some huge appetites'. Julie Wentz of Castle Valley, Utah had an Otter load land at her place for an amazing scenery and then there was a Cookout and drinks afterwords Many enjoyed sitting around the ole' campfire as they downed their refreshments and reminisced of the day's events and of stories old. Good food, good company, and good friends, old and new alike. Saturday night's bonfire musical entertainment was provided by local DJs, Forest and Tina. Free on-site camping brought in 35 campers to partake in the majestic, rugged landscaped locale. Let us not forget to mention the well-needed massages given by Ambrosia who, during the course of the boogie, broke her back to make everyone else's feel better. Another special thanks to everyone who helped us out the entire time. Lots of volunteers to keep the place running smooth. Clint MacBeth and Shelley White, owners of Skydive Moab, wish to invite all adventurous souls to come, share and play, in a little piece of their world! A special thanks to all of our sponsors: Performance Designs Mirage Systems Relative Workshop Aerodyne Research Strong Enterprises Tony Suits SkyVenture Colorado Moab Brewery Gatorz Sunglasses Para-Gear See you next year!!
  22. It isn't news that women who skydive are exceptional creatures, and most of the sisterhood is hip to this fact. So, to celebrate their common bonds, many of them travel from far and near every fall to the Skydiving Chicks Rock Boogie, at Skydive Elsinore in Southern California. Wicked fun skydives and even wilder festivities with some exceptional ladies are the custom and with a 50-50 ratio of ladies to men, the guys are equally stoked to have so many skydiving babes in one place. This annual celebration boasts a bigger turnout each year as most participants agree, "Chicks Rock Boogie is the best boogie EVER!" Of course this is subjective, so here's a look at what went down at the 6th annual event, September 29-October 1, to cause such a groundswell. The long-anticipated bash was heralded by the Women's Head-down World Record camp Thursday, September 28-29, led by Melissa Nelson and Amy Chmelecki. The camp focused on building a solid foundation of head-down skills in small, relaxed, intimate skydives. Participants ranged from intermediate to advanced freeflyers, and learned how to fly each slot launching a 4-way flower, float, dive, the importance of keeping heads on level, docking, breathing and goal-setting. Personal and group improvements, and the feeling of solidarity created a contagious excitement between the women. With their beautiful smiles and calm ways, Melissa and Amy were friendly and easy to get to know. Their Zen-like quality in the air encouraged others to relax, and get the most from the skydives. The most interesting and effective bullet in their presentation-"Fly like you're the sexiest woman in the sky!" The pulse quickened as skydivers and vendors rolled in throughout Friday. Elsinore's reputation for its' sensational and friendly vibe could be sensed just by looking around: gorgeous mountains to the East and West, clear blue skies, and cushy, reclining couches near shady trees on an emerald lawn for socializing and relaxing between jumps. Jumpers were greeted by cheerful office staff and volunteer, Tanya Porter, who came prepared with her characteristic homemade cookies, Go Fast drinks, stylish T-shirts, and goodie bags to dole out at registration. Tanya is one of those women who always has a smile and treats for everyone on the dropzone. Jumpers' material cravings were fulfilled by a variety of vendors and sponsors on site: Performance Designs to demo canopies, Vigil USA for AADs, Velocity Sports, Relative Workshop, Liquid Sky Jumpsuits discounts, Ouragan Suits discounts, Altimaster altimeters, Bliss Therapeutic Massage services, Matter Clothing, Go Fast energy drinks, Elsinore Gravity coaching, and Elsinore Freefly School coaching. And for those needing a different kind of rush, expert body-piercer, Moo, needled in on willing participants. Friday morning, load organizers wasted no time getting creative with skydives that combined fliers of all disciplines and skill levels. The world-class talent available to jumpers contributed to their excitement as skills improved with each jump. For freeflyers, jumpers could choose from Amy Chemelicki, Melissa Nelson, Andy Malchiodi, Andrew Staich and Danilo Dadic. Formation skydivers stayed sated with Lou Ascione of Elsinore Gravity, Brianne Thompson, and Marie Harrell. Wingsuiters could demo one of Tony Suits new wingsuits with organizer Jeff Nebelkopf. Most everything in between (hybrids, sequential hybrids, rodeos, and hybrid-rodeos) could be handled by the multi-talented Melanie Curtis and Steve Simar. If you can dream it, they'll try it at Chicks Rock! Like jumper Christine Freiherr's hybrid idea that turned into a successful 4-way open accordion hybrid with two hangers turning points. Friday wound down with a barbeque, kegs and a riveted audience in front of the big-screen. The night' feature: a best-of compilation by legendary freefall videographer, Tom Sanders, and the premiere viewing of Andy Malchiodi's newest release, "The Remedy", featuring all the big-way freefly sequential events of the last two years, plus Andy's Accuracy & Swoop Tips-a gasper for sure! From dawn Saturday until the wee hours Sunday morning, Skydive Elsinore was a glowing, bubbling cauldron of activity. Load organizers hustled to keep up with the planes and maintain variety. Lines for manifest grew as jumpers got a taste of what Chicks Rock is all about-ridiculously fun and exciting skydives with women in the spotlight! Jumps stayed spicy and varied with tube jumps, tracking pylon races, multiple-point freefly jumps, lots of hybrids, Pink Mafia Sister initiations, 4/6/8+ way RW, plus Skysurfer hybrids, tracking dives, head-down pylon races, Marianne Kramer's bittersweet glitter dive, and plenty of "chica-ways" (all-chick skydives), including memorable all-chicks sunset tracking loads with all the ladies in, smiling and stoked to be sharing the love with their sistas. There was such an intense excitement around the dropzone that few noticed when the Skyvan literally blew up after one load. No one seemed to mind having just three Otters flying back to back all day long. Saturday's sunset load was a hit and chug flown by the DC-3. The long ride to altitude on the DC-3 was made memorable as the sunset's orange-pink glow filtered through the small windows casting a cinematic light on the restless jumpers. Spectators waiting in the landing area belly laughed their way through the hit and chug comedy show, starting with Jonathan Tagle shaking the waiting cans of beer in the peas, to jumpers spraying themselves with exploding beer as fierce competitors plowed them over to get their own. That's "just the way they roll" at Skydive Elsinore. As the last jumpers landed during the sunset on Saturday, Jeff Nebelkopf drew a grand, circular crowd as he fired up his chainsaw and set to work carving an ice-sculpture shot-luge in the form of a muscular man's torso for the ladies to get their lips on. Saturday's Night Swoop Demo was a sure crowd pleaser with fresh kegs handy pond-side and shows from Isaiah McCauliffe, Andy Malchiodi, Chris Johnston, and John Hamilton. Then, in grand finale fashion, J.C. Colclasure and Jonathan Tagle performed a perfect 2-way, eliciting a thunderous roar from the audience! Event staff were challenged in keeping the audience a safe distance from the edge of the pond during the demonstration. And it grew even harder when announcer, Steve Simar, declared above the applause, "And for our Finale: Andrew Staich will be confidently swooping NAKED for all you ladies (and gents)!" Just, Wow! What a great pre-dinner appetizer! Surprised chicks stared with mouths agape and eyes glued to Staich's long, smooth swoop. And, no, he didn't get wet. Then, hungry skydivers relaxed together over a delicious, catered dinner of roast chicken before donning sensational Rock Star costumes to kick off the Saturday night theme party in grand style. Everyone played the part, with lots of Rock Star attitude, wigs, big coats, makeup, tight clothes and skin! Partiers got in the groove with Jell-o shots concocted by the amazing Rosa Alva (yet another skydiving chick who rocks) to benefit breast cancer. Rosa has this attractive perennial exuberance and energy. She organizes and participates in fundraising for medical charities like Locks of Love, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Skydivers spent nearly $450, in one night, on her Jell-o shots! In addition, partiers enjoyed scintillating body shots, cool shots flowing down the male torso ice-luge, landing in eager ladies lips at the happy trail, and a variety of kegs loitering in the four corners of the bar. Moo kept the dance floor packed until 2AM with favorite rock star tunes. Others kept warm around the fireplace catching up with old friends and making new ones. It's easy to do at Skydive Elsinore. Sunday was a slow morning for lots of skydivers, but there were enough die-hards to get the first load up by 8:30. Another DC-3 load went up on Sunday, and many skydivers who jumped it Saturday enjoyed it so much they came back for more. Sunday afternoon's raffle winners collected all sorts of prizes that make skydivers smile. Two otters flew all day long, and were still packed come sunset. Both sunset loads were hit-n-chugs! Jumpers relished the beautiful scenery up high with mountain terrain and ocean horizons to the east and west and gorgeous Lake Elsinore below. Video and stills were the name of the game, on the ground and in the air, because everyone knows if there's no video, it didn't happen! Pat Newman faithfully collected footage of the antics for the Chicks Rock DVD and Skydive Elsinore website. (They're all about pictures; helps recollect the insane, foggy moments.) Melanie Curtis, event organizer at Skydive Elsinore, really knows how to throw a swingin' shindig that attracts confident, adventurous babes like herself: offer a variety of activities, skydives, stunts, food, liquor, music and eye candy! Outgoing and energetic, she's a natural at helping you feel like part of the family. Her passion for teaching and talent for putting jumpers in the right slots, make organizing successful, multi-disciplined skydives look easy. From the myriad of crazy faces she has for any camera nearby, to her witty and hilarious commentary, Melanie is always making those around her laugh. Boasting hundreds of participants from all over the US and as far as Japan, and 127 loads, this year's Chicks Rock Boogie was the most exciting and successful yet. The weather was perfect, and there were no major injuries, despite a few nail-biting landings. DZO's Karl Gulledge and John Hamilton were truly unique in their friendly and dedicated approach to ensuring everyone had an enjoyable experience. Bottom-line: You're missing out on one of the friendliest, most exciting skydiving boogies around if you haven't been to the Chicks Rock boogie held each year at Skydive Elsinore. The countdown to next year has begun…. Will you be there?
  23. This year's Kenya boogie was once again a fabulous event with over 126 skydivers who did over 3,000 jumps skydives, including 100 tandems all landing on a sparkling white beach. People traveled from the East and West Coasts of the US, lots of Brits, some Germans, Belgians, French, Dutch, Russians, South Africans, local Kenyan's (including Swiss/US national, an only US national and a Russian), a couple of people from Rwanda, and one person traveled all the way from Guyana. For many couples or families of whom only one person jumps, this is a good skydiving event to go to as there are a lot of non-skydiving activities. The pool at the hotel is nice and clean (although not really swoopable, it is considered not to have enough outs!), the lawns are nicely kept and covered in sun loungers for those who just want to get some rays. The beach is absolutely beautiful, with very fine sand and coral reefs quite close to the shore. One can see the reefs from the air and they were often used to determine where along the coast we should be exiting the plane to get back to the hotel taking into account the wind strength and direction. The hotel has a scuba school and a number of the already PADI qualified skydivers who were there took the opportunity to go under water as well as into the air. The dive sorties were always in the mornings, which meant that although skydiving was out of the question the rest of the day for fear of the bends, by around midday the following day people could start the climb onto the bus which took us from the hotel to the airstrip. A hotel further up the beach had a kite-surfing and wind surfing school and at times I spotted a few kites while under canopy, however they are all brightly coloured so although you couldn't see the lines you could make sure you didn't fly into the kite or its lines quite easily. We had three load organizers for FS jumps, Bruce Robertson from the US, Caroline Hughes from the UK and Jorg Schmidt from Germany. Max Cohn was also there as a free fly advisor. Caroline organized two fun competitions, a 4-way scrambles and a 9-way speed, kindly judged by Bruce. People were seen jumping with blow-up butterflies, sharks, dinghies and an inflatable Noddy Car being reversed out of an Otter door by one of the members of team Noddy flight (don't ask!). There was a missed opportunity to play Quidditch, as somehow the jumps releasing oranges in free fall never quite coincided to be on the same lift as the jump with palm leaves as broomsticks! A number of people passed some milestones, Stephen B, from New York, did his biggest flat formation jump since he injured himself a few years ago leading limited leg movement and control. Kalahari (not his real name of course) from South Africa got his SA Cat 3 to get his B license. Nick from the UK did his first Orange jump and Adrian B was the first person known to actually catch an orange on such a jump, although he must have passed on the secret as others have since been known to have done so too! Harro Trempenau put on a wonderful boogie for everyone for the 18th year running and for news of the exact timing of the 19th Kenya boogie, keep an eye out on www.kenyaboogie.com
  24. Well, here we grow again!! Skydive Moab, teaming up with Skydive Arizona, will be hosting their 3rd Annual Mother of All Boogies between September 28th - October 1st! The scenic and electric town of Moab, in the awe-inspiring state of Utah, will once again open her arms and extend a very warm welcome to past participants, and all new adventurers. Come and be enveloped in all her grandeur! This magical place did just that for Clint MacBeth and Shelley White. Their love of skydiving, and being surrounded by the "mars-like" terrain, was surely on the top of their list when making the decision to live and play in Moab. Inspiration and foresight, found the couple opening their small Cessna dropzone, located just 15 miles north of the town. Being able to skydive full-time with friends and newcomers alike, all the while making a living at the very same time was just too ideal. And Voila! Skydive Moab was born. Most of the 9 month skydiving season is spent introducing new students to the sport with tandem jumps. But...when fall arrives, all the hustle and bustle and energy is directed toward the planning and executing of the M.O.A.B.!!!! (We love that name). The M.O.A.B. gives us the chance to get in touch with the world of experienced skydivers. We are inviting all, experienced or not, to come and play in our world. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. At least that's what we're counting on! Each year, the boogie has continued to surpass the previous and this has been largely due to the patrons, their feed-back, (good and bad). This only serves to help us in our infancy; to help with the growing pains of success. Thank you to all who have been with us so far and a big thank you in advance to all who will be joining us this year. Tell two friends...hell, tell all your friends!! This year's event welcomes Skydive Arizona with all the airpower we'll need. The plan is to bring their Super Skyvan back, and depending on the numbers (this is where all of you come in), the Super Otter and/or their King Air A100. Just FYI, last year's Skyvan and King Air weren't quite enough to keep everyone in the air as much as all would have liked (who are the hardest people to please??). Not sure of the answer for that one, but...Bryan Burke, plane organizer from Skydive AZ, made an announcement during the 2005 Boogie, that there will be enough airpower for this year's boogie to suit everyone's needs! You go BB!!(He rocks!) Along with Bryan Burke, a host of some of the best organizers in the world will be on hand. Andy Honigbaum from Arizona Airspeed will be organizing RW for all levels. He'll also be trying to break the Utah RW state record, a 20 way set last year, organized by Airspeed's Craig Girard. World Champion Steve Curtis, who also jumps and coaches at Skydive Arizona, will be organizing Freefly, VRW, Hybrid and Tracking jumps for all experience levels. Jay Epstein of Adrenaline Exploits will be organizing birdman jumps and will also have demo suits by Phoenix Fly. This year's boogie is shaping up to be quite eventful. You really don't want to miss out. FREE camping is available at the dz this year and for those of you who prefer a solid bed, we have reserved rooms at the Super 8 Motel near downtown (rooms will be held until the 28th of Aug.) Moab is a happening town, with lots of extreme sports and enthusiasts. This year is no exception. The "other half marathon" will be holding their event during the same time period as the Boogie. We are anticipating rapidly occupied rooms, so don't be procrastinating. Book your accommodations now. If you like, you can check out our web site for more info. After a hard day of jumping, wouldn't you just love to melt into the experienced hands of a licensed message therapist? Ambrosia Brown, LMT will be on hand throughout the event to help you and your aching muscles escape into butter-land. Once you're relaxed, join us Thursday evening for 25 cent wings at our favorite local hangout The Moab Brewery. Speaking of The Brewery, daily catering for this year's event will be provided by the Moab Brewery. Friday night after jumping we'll have a BBQ and bonfire with FREE beer! TGIF!! Surely we'll have a gorgeous Sunset Cross Country Jump on Saturday and the evening's festivities are being fine-tuned...so stay tuned in…. So now you have no excuses not to attend! It's all been taken care of for you (including the extra porta-potties)!!! Something told me to include that minor detail. Anything to convince you to come to Moab and experience the majestic scenery for yourself. Watch the rocks turning red and orange under the glow of the setting sun over this beautiful countryside. After you've filled up on the colorful scenery, you can firewire your footage at the station provided while showing your friends. So don't forget to bring those cameras! Moab is such a unique place; each and every jump will look magnificent on video. Share your clips. The more footage you share, the better the boogie video will be and the more bragging rights you'll have when your segments find themselves centre stage! Pre-Registrations have already begun to arrive. This is certainly well appreciated. It helps to get our engines revving and also lets Skydive Arizona get their appropriate engines turning. If you pre-register before September 15th, you'll receive a $10.00 discount on registration fees. The more advanced registrations, the more advanced preparations. And, thanks to all of you in advance! As we stated earlier, we are a small dz, and your pre-registration also helps us with initial working funds. It's all good! On behalf of Skydive Moab, we would like to extend an open invitation to each and everyone to come to the M.O.A.B. We are expecting approximately 250 + jumpers to be in attendance this year. Come to Moab, Utah, being renowned for it's awesome landscapes and countless legal BASE jumping sites, this town, this dz and all of us, are proposing a successful week-end with all the ingredients for fun, laughter, and memories. We are counting on you to spread the word, spread your wings, and spread your imagination, and let us be part of your memories. Skydive Moab
  25. Jump for Life – a dropzone on Gran Canaria, a small island south of Spain – organizes a wicked Xmas Boogie from December 22, 2004, through January 3, 2005! Coaching and Loadorganizing with Olav Zipser and other world class coaches Multiple Turbine aircraft and Helicopter USPA Rating Courses for Coaches, Aff and Tandem Instructors Tracking, Formations, Funjumps Night- and New Years Jumps! Beach Landings Raffles, Parties, MTV Party! Tandem Jumps and AFF courses Bird Man Demo Stand Accommodation, beautiful tenting area under palm trees Rental Car Specials Lots of leisure activities for non jumpers, and the party island in Europe! All the profits that will be made on this boogie are going directly into projects to improve quality of life on the whole world! We will Jump-for-Life on XMAS! This is a unique project in the skydiving world. Gran Canaria provides 360 sunny days a year and you can expect 25 degrees and more during Xmas! So don´t forget your Rig and your Swimming suit! The DZ is right on the atlantic ocean but for sure we will try to make the skydives above the beautiful coastline even more spectacular than the view! So don´t miss out on this! For more infos check out www.jump-for-life.com! Hope to see you soon on the island! Have fun and JUMP FOR LIFE!