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  1. Aeronautrixx Literally Has Your Back Life in the sky just keeps getting better for the 13% of us who fly under the influence of two X chromosomes. The latest development? Aeronautrixx -- a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by skydiver//adventurist Karen Woolem. The org’s goal, as Karen puts it, is “providing education, guidance, sponsorship and resources to help women pursue their aeronautical dreams in a fun and safe manner.” Those are lofty goals, indeed, but Karen -- who is as well-organized as she is dynamic -- isn’t the type to shoot low. To understand where Aeronautrixx is coming from, of course, you first have to understand a little bit about its founder. Karen started jumping 28 years ago, led by the example of her skydiver father. She was 15, and they’d make the long trek down to Skydive Paso Robles from the Monterey Bay Area because Paso was the only driveable DZ that would let such a young pup jump. She made a few less than 100 jumps in that first phase and stopped jumping in 1993, when her rig was grounded. “The question was,” she remembers, “Do I buy new gear, or do I go to college?’ Objectively speaking, it wasn’t really a question. Karen was the first in her family to go to college, and she wanted to place her focus there. As it turns out, a full 15 years passed before she got back into the sport, though she made a few feints in that direction. Finally, in 2009, she got recurrent -- at Hollister, where her dad learned to skydive back in 1988 -- and she’s been jumping ever since. Mostly, Karen describes herself as an RW kinda chick. (Fun fact: When I talk to her, she has just returned from skydiving over the Egyptian pyramids.) Aeronautrixx, interestingly enough, was born of that other major step forward in female-focused skydiving: the Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network. Back in 2016 (when the WSLN was first officially formed), Karen was selected for the first WSLN leadership symposium. She spent a week at Raeford with the event, soaking up the skills, the vibes and the connections. As part of that program, Karen designed a logo for a WSLN t-shirt. The image was strong, feminine, colorful and balls-out bold. She loved it. While a different logo was selected for that original purpose, Karen couldn’t help but realize that she’d created the logo for an effort that was gathering steam in her own imagination. Specifically, she was pondering a personal challenge she’d faced as a female, coming back into the sport: Finding a used container that fit both her and the canopy size she was comfortable with. She’d found it damned near impossible. “Finding a used container that fit me was no problem,” she mueses, “but they were all made for sub-100s; for super-swoopers. When I first came back, was under a 170. I ended up having to rent for what seemed like forever. It was so expensive.” She realized that there was a solution -- and that she could catalyze it. “I knew there were plenty of people out there that have gear to donate,” she adds, “And I thought -- hey! -- if I set up a non-profit, it can be a win-win. People can donate gear that fits smaller people jumping larger canopies -- or any gear they have gathering dust in a closet. Then I can give those guys a tax write-off and get that gear out to women who need it. Now [the recipient is] paying $25 a jump instead of $50 and can take her time to either wait for a long delivery on custom gear or piece together a used setup that fits.” “It’s so expensive getting started in this sport,” Karen adds. “Aeronautrixx aims to make the potential financial burden less of a deterrent for women.” So far, it’s a home run. Aeronautrixx just got a complete setup donated and matched it with a woman who just graduated AFF. Boom. It’s not just containers, either. Karen has partnered up with a craftsman who completely refurbishes and repaints helmets with airplane-grade paint, and those helmets have been gracing the sky in larger numbers with each passing season. In addition to that, Karen is currently working on getting a few complete demo systems co-sponsored with manufacturers. Of course, it’s not just gear that makes a skydiver — so Aeronautrixx covers the skills bases, too. These days, Karen is a WSLN mobile mentor, dually based at Skydive Sebastian (near her current home) and Skydive California (near her west-coast roots). For the past three years, she’s been using Aeronautrixx as a platform to host female-focused skills camps and boogies on both coasts. In October, there’s the Unicorn Boogie at Skydive California; in April, there’s the Mermaid Boogie at Skydive Sebastian; this February (coming right up!) there’s going to be a gold-lamé-festooned disco party at Z-hills. The boogies’ shared core value? Bring women together -- from all over -- and encourage growth and fun in equal measure. The response so far has been phenomenal. “I try to get an all-female roster of organizers,” Karen adds, “to show the newer jumpers that it’s not only men that are leading the pack. And I always try to bring in non-local organizers to give the ladies the chance to jump with other females in the sport that they might not get a chance to jump with.” The formula is certainly working. At the first Mermaid Boogie, Karen was standing in a packed hangar. Stopping in the middle and looking around, she suddenly realized something amusing. “I looked around and it occurred to me, there were no men. We’re turning the Otter with all chicks.” They turned 22 loads that day. At the end of the day, Karen insists that Aeronautrixx is about inclusion. Men are welcomed at Aeronautrixx events -- even issued cheeky “man cards” -- and the sea of costume onesies now includes a fair number of male humans. That’s not at all surprising, considering the unequivocal language of the Aeronautrixx mission statement: “We believe that women can be just as, if not more, badass as our male counterparts.” Well-put and well-proven, no? ---- To donate to Aeronautrixx (or get involved with an event or two), visit the org’s website or Facebook page: https://aeronautrixx.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/aeronautrixx/
  2. Boogie dates: 2nd to 7th April 7th to 14th April Come skydiving and land on the beach, every jump if you wish. The DZ is located in Castellon province next to the beach. (Valencian Community) We can also offer any type of coaching from FS to canopy flight courses. If you need it, we also can help you with your accommodation and transportation from the airport. Please contact learnskydiving.co.uk to book.
  3. “I’ve always wanted to go skydiving.” I heard someone say this across a crowded dinner table, and I said, “Oh, me too!” Another person said “Well, you should do it.” It was a challenge that I accepted first in 1994 and 5 times since then. I didn’t expect to do it more than once, but the thrill is just too hard to resist. I have no desire to become a solo skydiver, but I love tandem skydiving — where the professional skydiver does all the work and I just hang along for the ride! For my first jump, I really had no idea what to expect. This was pre-YouTube days, so I had only seen skydiving on TV (and nothing specifically about tandem jumping). I knew I would be connected to a professional skydiver, and I now describe the tandem attachment as “you’re wearing the instructor like a backpack.” Here are a few things that will help prepare you for your first tandem skydive… Tandem Skydiving Facts At most places you must be at least 18 years old (take a valid photo ID), with a weight limit of 225 lbs. Loose-fitting clothes are definitely a good idea, as are comfortable, sturdy, fully-attached shoes. No flip flops! I recommend choosing a drop zone that supports the United States Parachute Association rules and regulations. You can use their Drop Zone Locator to find locations near you. Call ahead for a reservation, if you can. However, larger drop zones try to accommodate walk-ins. Prepare to spend several hours at the drop zone — sometimes up to half a day, depending on the weather and the staffing situation at that site. Feel free to take snacks and bottled drinks (no alcohol), in case vending machines are not available. Leave all valuables locked inside your car or with a friend on the ground. There may be lockers for your things, but probably not. There will be a place to leave your car keys. If you wear glasses or contacts, talk to the staff at the jump site to make sure their goggles will protect your eyewear. A couple of jumps ago, I discovered I am becoming more sensitive to motion sickness. For my recent jump, I took a non-drowsy Dramamine and that did the trick. You will watch a video about tandem skydiving that describes the process you will soon participate in. I have seen several versions of this video. Some of them will be similar to the video you might choose to buy of your own jump. While watching the video (or perhaps after), you will review and sign several pages of waivers — including liability and photograph/video releases. The skydiving liability waivers are pretty serious, holding harmless the obvious suspects (your tandem instructor, plane pilot, owner of drop zone, etc.) as well as some unexpected others (people who made and designed the airplane parts and the farmer who owns the field next to the landing site, in case you land in his field. Seriously!!). Read it as thoroughly as you would any legal document that says you are about to participate in a death-defying jump from an airplane. Of course there are risks. Use the Internet to search for skydiving statistics, if that’s what you’re into. Be warned that many statistic sites start off with scary things like skydiving fatalities per year. I know it’s risky, but I have never been overly concerned about it. I guess I buy into the theory that I am more likely to be injured while driving my car to the drop zone than during the actual skydive. Once the paperwork is complete, it will be time to pay the piper. Plan to pay around $200 for a tandem skydive, and up to $100 more for extras like video and pictures. Most places will accept payment by cash, check, or credit card, but ask in advance so you don’t show up unable to pay. Q: What if you change your mind? A: You’ll need to ask the drop zone’s policy on this. One place I went allowed you to change your mind until you stepped in the plane. Another place gave no refunds after you made the payment. Keep in mind that they can’t make you jump out of the plane. You can get all the way to the open door of the plane and decide you don’t want to do it. In that case, enjoy the rest of your expensive plane ride back to the airport! Next, it’s probably time to meet your “jump master” — your very own professional tandem skydiving instructor. All of mine have been guys, so I will refer to the jump master as “he”. He will start to explain the process and your gear. For the record, a tandem jump master has made at least 500 jumps before (and in many cases, several thousand!) and has gone through a rigorous training program. The gear you use will depend on your drop zone, but one thing is universal and that’s your harness & nbsp ; I will tell you right now it is uncomfortable. It’s similar to a rock climbing or rappelling harness and is specifically designed to connect you to your skydiving instructor. Just plan on having a wedgie and a tough time breathing. Remember, you want the harness to be tight and secure! It will connect to your instructor in 4 places: 2 at shoulders and 2 at hips, but you won’t “hook up” until right before you jump out of the plane. You will also be given a pair of goggles to wear. Other gear may include a jump suit and a helmet. The helmet is soft-cloth and more to keep long hair from flying in your face than for real protection. As Jerry Seinfeld said: “If you jump out of that plane and that chute doesn’t open, the helmet is now wearing you for protection!” In a tandem skydive, the instructor wears the parachute pack on his back. The large parachute is specifically designed for tandem skydiving and can safely hold 2 people. There is also a drogue chute that is deployed immediately after exiting the plane. The drogue will help slow down the descent of 2 jumpers to the more normal speed of 120 mph — which is necessary for the parachute to open safely. The parachute is usually deployed at 5,500 feet. There is a secondary reserve chute, and an automatic activation device (AAD) that will open the parachute around 2,000 feet, if it has not already been opened. Once you’re suited up, it’s time to go! I have jumped out of planes about the size of a VW bug and as large as a single-car garage. Smaller planes will require some preparation at the plane, with instruction on how to exit the plane in the air. With a larger plane you’ll walk right in and probably walk right out at 10,000 feet! Regardless of plane size, the ride up in the plane will take about 15 minutes. Enjoy the ride! You will be sitting in front of your skydiving instructor, probably packed in like a sardine along with other skydivers. Try to catch a glimpse of the instructor’s altimeter on the way up — it’s kinda cool to watch it go from 0 to 10,000 feet! (Or higher. My highest jump was from 13,500 feet!) On the way up, the skydiving instructor will tell you what you need to do on your skydive. It will go something like this: • At around 8,000 feet, the instructor will attach himself to your harness. • At 10,000 feet you and he will waddle your way close to the door. (It is not easy to move with a person on your back!) • At the door, you will cross your arms over your chest, lift your feet and hang (!) from your instructor, and lay your head back on his shoulder. • While you are hanging from your instructor, he may lean out of the open doorway several times to view the ground. • When you are over the drop zone, the skydiving instructor will step (or flip!) out of the plane and YOU ARE NOW IN FREE FALL! Remember, you’re falling at 120 mph. • Try to catch a glimpse of the plane as you fall away from it. It will be the only thing up there to give you the perspective of falling. It actually feels like flying. • You will free fall for 45 to 60 seconds. Try to pay attention to every second of it — it goes quickly! The instructor may do some turns left and right. You probably won’t be able to hear the instructor, but he may try to tell you things by speaking directly into your ear. • During free fall, because of your instructor’s body positioning, your body will be in a back bend (or U-shape) position. Keep your knees bent and your feet up between the legs of your instructor. You will receive a tap on your shoulder, meaning that you can open your arms into a “touch down” position. • Around 5,500 feet, the skydiving instructor will deploy the parachute. Expect a sudden jerk that will actually stop your fall and lift you up for a couple of seconds. You will be reminded how tight your harness is! I’ve heard this described as the “trap door” effect. It is at this moment your brain will think “Hey, I’m falling!” • When the parachute is up (or “under canopy”), your instructor will loosen the 2 links at your hips. This will make you much more comfortable. He will be working on all the gear with the parachute. You will be able to easily talk to each other, and at one point he will say, “Hold out your hands and grab these.” Hold on tightly because these will be the parachute toggles! Yep, you’ll be driving the train! He will need both hands free for a very short time while adjusting more gear. Don’t worry, he’ll take them back. • The ride under canopy will be anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes — depending on the weather, your instructor’s personality and your desire to play around. For me, spinning around up there is the highlight of the ride — almost better than free fall. There’s absolutely nothing you can hit! • You will soon realize that things on the ground are getting closer, which means it’s time to think about landing. Your job will be to pull your knees up to your chest. Your instructor will tell you when. Right before the landing, it will feel like the ground is rushing up at you — because it is! Keep those knees up until the skydiving instructor’s feet land on the ground and he says, “Now, just stand up. Perfect landing! Time to celebrate!” Congratulations… You are now a skydiver! A tandem jump can be a one-time thing, or the first step towards becoming a certified solo skydiver. Most drop zones offer accelerated free fall training, if you’re interested. But if not — and you feel the call to jump out of a perfectly good airplane every now and then — don’t say I didn’t warn you!
  4. All Imagery by Raymond Adams What: Fitz Boogie 2015 Where: 168 Paulk Park Rd. Fitzgerald,Ga 31750 When: March 19th - 22nd Why: Great People, Great Vibe, Great Skydives The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie is one of the few stand alone, off DZ, events left. It was born from the original idea Chris Spence had for a backyard boogie, originally held in Bolingbroke,Ga for several years on New Year’s and July 4th. Spence had access to a private airstrip across from his house and would bring in a Cessna 182 for the small events. After a day of jumping there would be food, a bonfire and the occasional adult beverage. After several years, the event grew too popular to continue at the house. A new location was sought out and RoamingDZ was born. The event was held once in Perry,Ga. before the idea for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie came along shortly followed by the connection to the Dublin,Ga. location. The event thrived for many years in Dublin with attendance growing to over 350 by the third year. That same year the line-up of aircraft included two Casa's, a Caravan, a Pac-750, an Alouette helicopter and a Hot Air Balloon. Tragedy struck the 4th year of the event when a canopy collision claimed the lives of Bob Holler and Danny Page. The decision was made to relocate the event after this tragedy as local politics made it impossible to enjoy the boogie as in previous years. If not for the support of many of Spence’s skydiving friends this would have been the end of the event. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie was held the following year in St.Marys,Ga and stands as the only event Spence has ever held on an active DZ. Which brings us to the current location in Fitzgerald, GA. Suggested by a friend while driving around Georgia looking for a new location, Spence went to check out what was said to be the perfect place to have a boogie; and sure enough, it was. The boogie venue boarders the east side of the Fitzgerald Municipal Airport and their 3000ft turf runway that doubles as the landing area for the skydivers. The area, known as Paulk Park, which includes a reception building that houses registration for the event, as well as check-in for the tandems and a full kitchen to keep all the jumpers well fueled. There are 25 full hookup RV slots as well as plenty of room for camping, on site showers, a washer and dryer, and a 10 acre swoop pond. A large 40x80 packing tent is set up as well as private group/packing tents. Pre Boogie starts on Monday the 16th this year with early arrivals and a fun laid back atmosphere through the setup. You can choose from cooking out with friends, hanging out around the campfires or heading to town for some good eats. We'll have a list of the best places to try. The official start of the boogie is Thursday morning, but with this year’s response we might be able to get a few loads in the air on Wednesday. The boogie generally starts out kind of mild as people begin to arrive as they can, with Friday night bringing a huge influx. By Saturday morning registration is typically well over 200 and I highly expect it to approach 300 this year. Over the years the event has acted as a meeting place for members of Dropzone.com, and there is currently a thread in the forums where users who plan to attend this year's event can place their name. Currently, there are more than 20 site members who plan to attend the 12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Boogie What's in store for this year? So far the aircraft line-up includes: the Twin Otter from Skydive Atlanta, the Beech 99 from Skydive the Farm (this may to turn into an Otter), a JetRanger helicopter and a Hot Air Balloon. It's possible a third aircraft will be added. We generally have organizers for most disciplines, and if you can't find an "organizer" I guarantee you can find someone to jump with because that's the kind of jumpers that come to Fitz. Nightly bonfires are an annual tradition. Thursday night tends to be pretty laid back. Friday night features Robby Rob and friends on the mic for entertainment, kind of an open mic/bonfire sing along. Saturday night will have a live band, St. Patrick’s themed party costumes, the ever famous/infamous Stupid Human Skydiver Tricks and a manufacturers sponsored fund raising raffle. Thanks goes out to the following manufacturers for providing raffle donations: Aerodyne - $1,300 off a complete system Chuting Star - to be announced, plus swag Square1 - Gift Certificate and swag Para-Gear - 2x $25 Gift certificates, plus Swag Bevsuits - 25% off a Bevsuit Compass & Crow Studios - $100 & $75 Gift Certificates! Cookie - 50% off a G3 helmet voucher iFly - Voucher for tunnel time good at any location Peregrine Manuf. - $250 of upgrades / options on a new Glide UPT - 2x 30% off base, 15% off options certificates Sunrise Manufacturing - 2x 50% off Base price on a Wings Mountain Khakis - to be announced. Proceeds will be going to a breast cancer organization, yet to be determined. More information can be found at http://FitzBoogie.com/
  5. 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
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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…
  7. 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)!
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    The "Unofficial" Quincy Video

    "QuincyVision2000: the "unofficial" Quincy video" is 41-minutes of good vibes, let's-revisit-the-scene of this year's World Freefall Convention. Though not of the high caliber of Tom Sander's "official" works in recent years, Danovision Productions did capture the overall heart and soul of a skydiver's "anything-goes" Woodstock. Like the skydives that are depicted, it is not about perfection but enjoying the plunge. One of the most distinctive marks of this year's WFFC was the storm that wailed through the airport with winds reaching 67 mph. Dan VanLandschoot, also known as "Dano," gathered riveting footage of the storm brewing and its aftermath. Throughout the whole tape, he revisits the wake of destruction the gale wrought, and how it by no means doused any of the jumpers' spirits. Mud wrestling, boogie boarding the wet fields and rescuing stuck vehicles and soaked-through rigs colored this year's scene. But it certainly makes one want to rethink camping out in Tent City. The actual jump footage runs the gamut from RW to freeflying to Blade swooping. Again, these skydives are not polished versions of what can be accomplished--more like tutorials on what not to do. There are jumpers that go low and fishtail below formations. There is a raft that blows up. The end credits hold even juicier tidbits. The video shows a skydiver descending under two canopies that are wrapping around each other, (one assumes he landed safely since there were no injuries or fatalities from jumping this year), and landings with one skydiver plowing into another and one smacking into a golf cart. But like the tube dive that chunks out of the Casa, one feels the blast of good times that all these jumpers are having. And there are several skydives that are managed correctly and safely, from the awakening dawn "1st Load of Quincy 2000" to the "56-way." The other hallmark of Quincy is its specialty aircraft. From dropping out of the doors of the B-17 Bomber to the picturesque hot air balloons and bi-plane to helicopter maneuvers, Dano covered it all. He even threw in a "Jet Simulator" sequence, mimicking a 10-way speed star that would've formed out of the jet had that plane made it this year. But despite the jet's absence on Friday, that August 11th was a record-breaking day in the WFFC's history. Over 8,104 jumps took place, making Quincy the 18th busiest airport in the nation. Talk about skydivers keeping up the spirit! But truly, it is the variety and number of people at Quincy that makes it most special. Snippets encompass the hodgepodge of types and the general happy-go-lucky attitude that effused the daytime and the nightlife. With occasional flashes of flesh, but nothing of a particularly raunchy nature, I would bestow a PG-13 rating on the tape. The editing and music reflects Dano's intentions of keeping it upbeat and swift moving. Though a couple of the dives could have been cut shorter, there is a lot to sample and more than one viewing will whet one's appetite for next year's sojourn. Dano just needs to keep his promos, like the one for Tony Suit, tucked more towards the end of the tape, not in the middle. At the end of the journey, I commend Danovision Productions for taking the initiative to produce an enjoyable mix of moments from this year's WFFC. The $41 price tag, which includes shipping, gives a minute of souvenir footage for each dollar. It's not a bad deal to relive the memories.
  9. Image by Brandon Atwood Skydive Arizona is hosting the 6th Annual Patriot’s Boogie that benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The SOWF provides full scholarships, and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel killed in operations or training. The SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. $25 Registration – Skydive AZ will match and donate 100% to SOWF $20 of each Tandem skydive made during the boogie will be donated to the SOWF $2 of each Lift Ticket during the boogie will be donated to SOWF Registration includes a t-shirt, BBQ, and supports the SOWF. In addition, a raffle is being held. Win 1-hour of Free tunnel time including coaching! $20/raffle ticket and may be purchased at Skydive Arizona’s manifest office or Skyventure Arizona’s main office or the Bent Prop. Ticket sales begin May 29th and the drawing will be held Sunday, July 5th, 2015. Load Organizers: Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis and Ty Losey of Arizona Arsenal Thiago Gomes and Niklas Hemlin of Arizona Airspeed Arizona X-Force AZTC Planes: Skyvans & Otters Games: Swoop Bowling – a Saturday afternoon of fun watching swoopers knock down inflatable bowling pins (or join the fun if you’re a competent swooper!) Pool Party (Sat 7/4) – pool volleyball, beer pong and slip-n-slide-chug (teams of 4 racing by running down & sliding down to chug a beer, fastest team wins!) FREE BBQ for those who registered! FREE boogie beer for those who registered! Prizes for slip-n-slide chug: Jump Tickets, key chains, stickers & Bent Prop Certificates in cool goodie bags. During the event, win awesome prizes from Innovative Parachute Technologies, Ouragan Suits, NZ Aerosports and more for submitting the best patriotic skydiving photo. Submissions need to be entered to melissa@skydiveAZ.com Join us for the Saturday, July 4th Free BBQ and pool party after jumping. And of course, free boogie beer! For event info: http://www.skydiveaz.com/experienced/events/detail/2015/07/04/default-calendar/patriot's-boogie
  10. 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!
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    2006 M.O.A.B. Boogie Report

    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!!
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    Vector Fest 2016

    Vector Festival is the European skydiving event of the summer! Don’t jump a Vector? You’re still invited, and it’s a great reason for you to register before the boogie so you can have a chance to win one. This year’s Vector Festival promises an event of epic proportions! Starting June 21, an all-star squad of 22 organizers and hundreds of participants will converge upon Skydive PINK Klatovy for 6 days of skydiving, entertainment, and catching up with friends and making new ones in an old school boogie atmosphere. Images by Wolfgang Lienbacher Skydive PINK Klatovy will support the boogie with their iconic fleet of 4 Skyvans, promising loads and loads of fun! Balloon jumps are scheduled first thing every morning and the planes will fly through sunset. UPT Vector, PD, and Vigil are sponsoring an incredible crew of organizers who will cater to different disciplines and experience levels throughout the event. Although this isn’t a skills camp, there will be at least two organizers on every load and plenty of opportunity for you to jump your heart out, whether it be in large groups or 1 on 1 coaching. Image by Andrey Veselov A huge group of vendors will be on site throughout the boogie to show you their goods and answer any questions you may have. They are also giving away a ton of free stuff! Prizes can be won daily through the mystery ball drop and Instagram photo contest. Swing through the Vendor Village on Friday night for a party, we heard you can get free beer there! Nightly entertainment is scheduled to keep you satisfied well after the day’s jumping is finished. We have bands and DJs arranged for your listening pleasure as well as giant twister, sumo wrestling, a talent show, a mechanical bull, and more. Saturday night will be one to remember! The circus tent will be converted into a huge foam and laser light party. Come wearing pink and white and anything that glows!
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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 Plan SkyFest (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 Back Jerry 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
  14. Continued from Part 1 Steady and organic as it has been for three years running, the growth for this particular event is a little more along the “exponential” lines. The biggest boogie Diani had seen before this particular crowd descended was made up of around 30 people; today, almost a hundred jumpers are thronging about the place. They’re poured out in ones, twos and threes on the pillows heaped on princely carved daises. They’re queueing up for smoothies at the bar--a converted Volkswagen bus, painted a cheerful robin’s-egg blue. (The van’s side roof has been removed to reveal a seemingly indefatigable blender and its winking operator--Jimmy, a Kenyan with light eyes, a quick wit and international schooling who’s just about to start on his helicopter pilot’s license.) Two dropzone dogs chase wayward monkeys up the treetrunks. A local taps an endless stack of coconuts with his practiced machete, revealing the restorative nectar inside for the jumpers rustling back in from their beach landings. A dozen packers, tidily kitted out in their official Skydive Diani shirts and swoop shorts, busily compress a steady stream of nylon under thatch roofs. It’s busy here. Not too long ago, this wide lawn would have had a population of perhaps four, give or take--and, reliably, one of those residents would be Ingvild Finvåg. Ingvild’s Viking-blue eyes and honey-blonde, Disney-princess locks announce her provenance with rigorous clarity, even if the mildness of her Nordic lilt does not. Her polished manners and peach-cheeked smiles belie the steady, bulldog resolve that has placed her squarely next to Gary at the heart of the Diani operation. Ingvild did a handful of skydives in her early 20’s, but it didn’t quite take. Seven years later, she moved to Mombasa from Oslo to work the volunteer circuit; this time, it snagged her thoroughly. She landed from her first Skydive Diani jump and essentially never left. Ingvild started her AFF in earnest a week later, logging a hundred jumps within that first season, then quickly going on to earn her TI and AFF instructor ratings. As it turns out, hers was one of the first tandems Skydive Diani had ever done. “I just hung around, jumping all the time, and built up jump numbers,” Ingvild remembers. “I just wanted to be around the drop zone.” Ingvild initially picked up a gig as the dropzone’s marketing liaison; now, she’s General Manager. On this particular afternoon, she’s ensconced at the front desk, working out the details of the catering for tonight’s Christmas party as she scruffles Bonbon, her roly-poly, lambswool dog. Next to Ingvild, Aaron Kitchener--an old friend of Gary’s, who co-runs his Kenyan security firm--is pitching in to run the manifest and make sure the bottomless coffee and tea urns stay full. When the final load goes up, Aaron ambles out from behind the desk, summoning the ground crew to help him unbox, unwrap and light dozens of oil lamps, all in the DZ’s signature blue. By the time the sunset load comes whooping down, the lamps are casting warm pools of light at the feet of the lawn’s tall palm trees, guiding the way to the free beer. If this isn’t paradise, I don’t know what is. We hear the Christmas party before we see it. Kenya Defence Forces Parachute Display Team by Joel StricklandAs we stroll down the long driveway towards the boutique hotel Gary and Ingvild have arranged to host the shindig, the happy chitter of a hundred giddy skydivers comes through the trees to announce that we’ve come to the right place. When we enter the venue, we’re stunned: this is an actual-factual Christmas party, not a cobbled-together skydiverly simalcrum. It’s a pressed-tablecloth affair, with roses and candles and African-themed Christmas crackers at every place setting. Skydivers swish about in showy dresses and ironed collars. Solicitous waiters work their way through the constellation of tables like fish in a reef, wine bottles dipping this way and that. We’re seated with the Kenyan Defense Force parachute demo team, a decorous foursome who, as we draw them out, set about showing us smartphone photos of their farms and families. We work our way together through a splendid little buffet, watching luminarias twinkle around the pool as we tell our stories. As we tuck into our Christmas pudding, a representative of the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority makes his way to the front stage, attired in what must be his full traditional kit. As he sings the dropzone’s praises and hails the rich future of Kenyan airsports, jumpers pepper his speech with happy hoots and hollers. The phenomenon seems a little new to him, but he rolls with it, eventually passing the mic to Gary, who delivers an emotional brief history of the place before introducing a live band. In a handful of minutes, the dance floor is pumping and the pool is splashing. At one point, Jarrett Martin takes advantage of a suitable path to take a flying roll into the deep end. By the time I call it a night, I’ve already written off tomorrow morning. Fair play. Image by Mikael Soderberg It’s certainly not the only morning that we happily write off over the course of the ten-day event. Gary and Ingvild have planned get-togethers for every night we’re together there, and none of them are missable moments. From the outdoor cuddle-puddle movie night to the jump-in “invasion” of the island at the far border of the marine reserve, these are one-event-per-boogie special, but they’re happening every time the sun goes down. There’s the pizza night at the fancypants resort down the road, for instance. After we pass through the massive wooden gates, staff in crisply pressed uniforms with crisply pressed hellos lead us past a succession of rose-petal fountains. Somewhere back beyond the second or third swimming pool, we’re established family-style at long tables and presented with pizzas that would pass the muster of any Italian expat. Someone unfurls a projector screen and hits play on the day tape, which revolves on the axis of some gorgeous flying by Airwax--the French team--as they spin around the tropospheric ballroom with consummate grace. The dazzling footage has the knock-on effect of reminding us that we’re here for skydiving, after all. Several of us immediately order water. On another evening, we pile into the Dornier for sunset inhopps to the Tiwi rivermouth. The takeoff timing leans heavily towards the late side for this strictly VFR airstrip, so we hardly get a peek at the low, golden sprawl of Mombasa and its interwoven estuaries before we’re scrambling out the door. The exit rush and the sudden fall of darkness has me a little discombobulated when I land, so I’m nowhere near prepared for what happens next. As I’m scrabbling up my lines and putting together what just happened, a group of Kenyans marches up from the treeline, surrounding me and the jumper I landed with. Dozens of them. Before I can respond to their sudden arrival, they start singing. And hugging us. And hugging each other. And dancing. And suddenly, we’re spinning in a vortex of big gospel voices, heads thrown back, pouring bouncing, burnt-sugar Swahili into the twilight sky. They eventually let us go after hauling us back in for just one more selfie; just one more enforced nuzzle into a rotund grandmama’s rooster bosom; just one more high five for somebody’s shy preschooler. They wave until we’re hundreds of feet farther on our way towards the barbecue Gary and Ingvild have set up on the banks. As I tromp through the rivermouth dunes towards the glow of headlights and smiling faces, I can’t help but thinking there’s no place like this one. I can’t help counting the days until I return. And next time, I’ll order extra toast for the monkey. Originally published in Blue Skies Magazine
  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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    Skydiving – An Extreme Sport

    Skydiving could be a sport that's not as young because it could seem. At the top of the eighteenth century, a European, Andre Garnerin, jumped from a hot air balloon and was thought to be the primary real parachute jumper. Later on jump became necessary for the military and air force. Pilots may appear of a plane and land on earth safely if one thing went wrong. In wars troopers were born off in war zones, typically behind enemy lines. Skydivers also are used once it involves fighting off disasters like bush fires. Competitions in jump square measure command frequently. Events embody landing near a target and playacting athletic movements within the air, in addition as flying in formation. within the previous few years another event, sky water sport, within which a board is connected to a jumper, has become fashionable. cluster jump needs a bunch of parachutists to perform figures whereas in free fall. A parachuter should check their gear to envision if everything is OK. They perpetually carry a backup parachute with them, simply just in case the most chute doesn't open. Steering lines square measure connected to a backpack. With them parachutists will management their direction. Before you jump alone you usually do tandem bicycle jumps with a teacher or Associate in Nursing knowledgeable about jumper. Through such jumps you get accustomed free fall, wind directions and the way to steer. Skydivers should additionally learn plenty of theory. Wind speed and different weather parts square measure vital. Airplanes climb to Associate in Nursing altitude of 7,000 to 15,000 feet (2000 to 4,600 meters) before property out the jumpers. The free fall stage lasts between forty five and eighty seconds. Jumpers reach a speed of up to one hundred thirty miles Associate in Nursing hour (210 kmh). Parachuting needs glorious weather. Jumping in rainy weather or throughout sturdy winds is terribly dangerous. Even though parachuting might not seem to be a sport, jumpers should be physically match before they will jump. Despite the very fact that it's going to appear dangerous, there square measure solely a couple of accidents that happen each year. One of the world’s most known skydivers is that the Austrian, Felix Baumgartner. In 2012 he set a record, once a helium-filled balloon brought him to a height of thirty-nine kilometers. once he jumped he became the primary person to interrupt the drag in free fall. He safely came back to earth regarding ten minutes when going away the capsule.
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    Jesus

    Pray for him jesus be with us we love you alot and we thank you alot for all what you have done for us we really thank you be with us now and forever
  18. Skydive Moab opened it's doors in November of 2003. It's a small dz, catering mostly to tandem jumpers and the occasional up-jumper passing through Moab. Despite being a "small time" dropzone (or maybe because of )newbies and experienced jumpers alike, leave with an experience to remember! Skydive Moab offers a family and friends atmosphere and scenery to "jump" for! The landscape also offers unique opportunities that "we think will take the sport to the next level." And now, after less than one year of operations, Skydive Moab is teaming up with Skydive Arizona to hold the Mother of All Boogies (MOAB) on October 1-3. In addition to being a fun acronym, we really want this boogie to live up to its name, we are already planning for it to be an annual event. Skydive Arizona will bring their A100 King Air (or a Super Otter if enough skydivers pre-register) and some additional event staff for organizing and manifesting. What will truly make this event unique are the specialty jumps that will be offered. Not specialty aircraft, but new and exciting landing sites. The MOAB Boogie will offer one of a kind jumping into scenic 1200ft canyons over the Colorado and Green Rivers. The Moab landscape offers amazing opportunities for thrilling cross country and tracking dives, swoops and more. One of the special landing sites will be the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge and another will be in a popular BASE jumping area. During the three-day boogie, jumping will take place at the Moab Airport (4500ft) with specialty jumps being offered at sunrise and sunset. Throughout the day there will be load organizing for freefly, RW, hybrid and birdman flyers, by TJ Langren from the AZ Training Center, Jay Epstein of Adrenaline Exploits, and others. Performance Designs and Aerodyne Research will both be at the boogie with demo canopies. There will be indoor, air-conditioned packing and a rigger on-site. A local deli will also be on site to keep everyone well fed and we'll also have plenty of Go Fast on hand to keep energy levels high! Saturday evening there will be an outrageous party, which promises to be anything but boring, with a DJ and camping in a remote canyon. There are already plans for a boogie video that will be compiled from everyone's footage, so, "Bring your cameras!" A local adventure production company, BarkingFrog Productions, will put the video together. The proceeds from the video will go towards making the MOAB boogie bigger and better in the years to come, including the addition of a canopy skills camp and a swoop meet. Pre-registration for the 1st Annual MOAB Boogie is available until September 17th at a discounted rate. For more information contact Skydive Moab at 435-259-JUMP or skydivemoab.com
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    ChutingStar Boogie Schedule

    The ChutingStar Boogie Shop had become a dependable presence at many boogies over the past several years, but took 2015 off to focus on new crew members, the DeLand shop move and our new web site. Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016! It's a brand new year and with a jam packed calendar for the ChutingStar Crew...to include taking the show on the road! Laura Bales, who is celebrating her 5th year at ChutingStar, and more than 10 years of skydiving, will be coming to a drop zone near you as the ChutingStar Boogie Shop is all geared up to travel. You'll be able to spot ChutingStar's Boogie Shop by the large inflatable ChutingStar tent and wind blades. Laura is available throughout each boogie with demo helmets and altimeters, new gear for purchase, general boogie/gear supplies as well as expert advice, swatches and measuring help for new rigs and jumpsuits. Basically everything to keep you in the air! ChutingStar will have demos from Larsen & Brusgaard (altimeters), Square1 (helmets), Cookie (helmets), Tonfly (helmets), Elemental (altimeter) and Alti-2 (altimeters). Laura will also be able to assist with custom orders for all rig and jumpsuit manufacturers, including the popular Tonfly jumpsuits! Furthermore, ChutingStar's Boogie Tent doubles as Boogie Hydration Central with plenty of iced-down GoFast, the ChutingStar Water Cooler and Camelbak Packs, Bottles & Travel Mugs. Here is our current, confirmed Boogie schedule...with more to be added: - January 21-24 @ Everglades - March 11-13 @ Skydive the South 1-Year Anniversary - May 5-8 @ SIS at West TN - May 31-June 5 @ CarolinaFest - July 21-25 @ Redemption - September 1-5 @ BamaFest Any specific gear requests that you want to pickup at any of the boogies we're attending just needs to be communicated to Laura at least 1 day prior to the boogie. You can e-mail her at gear@chutingstar.com , call us at 770-445-4000 ext. 1 or send a note through our Contact Us page at ChutingStar.com. During the boogie, you can reach her directly on the ChutingStar Boogie Batphone at 404-909-2726.
  20. What do Belgian beers and boogies have in common? Greatness. If you haven't combined both yet, you are missing out. Last chance was at end of July, in Moorsele (west Belgium). The Flanders Boogie is quite possibly the largest boogie in Europe. Not happy with that, the club behind -PCV- makes it also the cheapest. PCV is a non-profit organization, which means that every penny is used to make the club greater, while keeping the jump ticket prices the lowest in the continent -as low as 15€ to 13000ft-. If you aren't convinced yet maybe 3 supervans and 1 grand caravan will tip the balance. An event for every jumper. The Flanders Boogie is an inclusive event in nature. At all levels. The number of jumpers increased over the last few years, reaching now almost 500, from more than 20 different nationalities. There are jumpers from every skill level and discipline. In this day and age, freeflying is the most popular discipline. As such, most of the participants and organizers focused on different forms of freeflying. Every day in the morning participants had to sign up for the desired group. Head up, head down, tracking/tracing or dynamic flying. Each one of these disciplines was further divided in beginner, intermediate or advanced groups. That made it easier to find an appropriate bunch of mates for each flyer. 13 coaches took care of the groups, that had a maximum of 7 participants (+ coach). Do you think that a cheap boogie would have second level coaches? Think again. Ally Milne, David Nimmo, Hedda Andersen, Julian Barthel, Kurt Dockx, Luis Lopez-Mendez, Reed Ramage, Troy Rodway, Rene Terstegen, Kim Van der Horst, Mike Wittenburg, Dylan Poty and Rich Madeley (from Fly Warriors, Fly-In, Airspace, Skydive Empuriabrava, Maktoum, Turbolenza, ...) were the freefly organizers, and some of the best flyers of the planet. Moreover, the all-mighty Gustavo Cabana joined some of the jumps so mere mortals could see the shredding of the most advanced jumps right before each day's party. Don't believe me? Watch the video. Even though freeflying has an important presence in the Boogie, the number of belly jumpers is still very significant. They also had their big share of fun. Quality 4 and 8 ways? That is guaranteed when world champions like Hayabusa are in the house. Big ways (16 and 32 ways)? No problem when Marco Arrigo, Martial Ferre, Lesley Gale, Roy Janssen, Johan Van Eeckhout and Herman Landsman are in charge. Are you a beginner skydiver and you think this boogie is not for you yet? Wrong. Coaches of the club organize fun 4-ways, with one coach and one experienced videoman, where you can learn the basics of relative work, if you are cleared to jump with more people. I told you. This is an inclusive boogie. Wingsuiting is the last big modern group discipline. If massive flocking is how you roll, you'll have a good time here as well. Darren Burke, Benoit Syben, Joran Dekker and Julian Boulle were the bosses in the area this year. If that is not enough, sometimes balloon jumps, high altitude jumps, CRW or cross country jumps are also organized during the Boogie days. Unfortunately the weather made it difficult this year for these activities. Be careful with what you wish. Last year the weather was hot. Too hot. I bet more than one was wishing for cooler weather. I know I did. Wish granted. This year was by far the year with the most challenging weather conditions. Wind, clouds and low temperatures -for being July- were the norm the whole week. Belgian summers tend to be a bit unpredictable, but this level of crappiness is a new high. Multiple weather holds and 500+ jumps limits kept a lot of people on the ground. The plus side? There is a brand new tunnel 15 minutes away, and the motivation was high as soon as the conditions improved a little bit. That's obvious when you notice that we broke a local record: 115 loads in a single day! Nobody wanted to miss the chance when after 5 days we had a day of good weather. More than jumping. The Boogie is also a great opportunity to talk to all the vendors present there. You can see their newest products, talk about them, demo them, try them on and even get measured if you decided to order a new container or suit later on. NZ Aerosports, Icarus, Performance Designs, Aerodyne, Vigil, Cookie, Sonic, SWS, Sife, Parachute Systems, Intrudair, UPT and Boogie Man representatives were there during the boogie with their latests products. Since last year, one of the evenings all the vendors present there organize the vendor's night, where beer and snacks are on them! The sponsors of the Boogie -lots of them present during it- also helped to make it more attractive with awesome prizes during the raffle. The prizes included discounts on products, free gear, tunnel time, t-shirts... you name it. After a legendary day of jumping (or of waiting) you need a legendary night of partying. Did I mention Belgian beer while watching the video of day, edited most days by the master mind of Marcel Leen? Well, I did it now. After it there was live music or DJs to keep the mood high. For some, too high. Maybe the questionable weather was not that bad on some cases. Wrapping up. During 7 days 459 skydivers from 20+ countries made 6904 jumps in 414 loads (16.67 jumpers per load, and 59 loads per day). The weather tried to keep everyone down and in the lowest day just 21 loads went up. The Boogie rebounded and made 115 loads when the conditions were good. Fun was had. Skills were learnt. The sky was shredded. Beer was drank. The wind blew and we blew back. That was stupid but we blame the beer. If you weren't there you missed out. Learn from your mistakes and save the date for 2018. If you were there and you are feeling the Boogie blues maybe watching again the daily videos will cheer you up. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 1. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 2. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 3. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 4. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 5. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 6. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 7.
  21. 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!
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    2014 Annual Patriot's Boogie

    Between the 5th and 6th of July, Skydive Arizona will be hosting their annual Patriot's Boogie. The Patriot's Boogie will raise money in a bid to support the Special Ops Warrior Foundation (SOWF). The SOWF, which was established in 1980 is a non-profit organization that raises money in order to provide college educations to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel that are killed in training or combat. Skydivers are encouraged to come out and celebrate the 4th of July with Skydive Arizona, and give back to the families that have given for the country. In 2010, Skydive Arizona and its patrons managed to raise $5,050 for the SOWF. In 2011, this was surprassed when they managed to raise a total of $8,171. In the year 2012, a total of $7,764 was raised, $7,704 in 2013. Let's see what can be done this year for the children of those personnel who have passed. Fundraising Efforts $25 registration fee matched and donated to the SOWF $2 from every sport jump and $20 from every tandem jump donated to the SOWF $20 raffle tickets for one hour of tunnel time proceeds donated to SOWF Event Highlights $22 lift tickets Arizona Airspeed, Arizona Arsenal, and SDAZ load organizers Event t-shirt with registration Saturday after jumping: Pool party, boogie beer, and BBQ (FREE with registration) PLUS Summer Drink Mix Off (at the pool) - Make up a batch of your favorite summer drink and win prizes! Anyone can enter and win. Pay $5 to taste the entries and cast your vote for the best. All tasting fees will be donated to the SOWF. 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.
  23. 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?
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    2nd Annual Boogie in Tela, Honduras

    Join us for our 2nd Annual International Boogie in Tela, Honduras 2015 on February 4th - 8th! Enjoy tandem and fun jumps from 14000' with picturesque views of the ocean and coast. We have a Let-410 reserved that can accommodate up to 24 jumpers. Special discounted room rates at a 4 star resort are in process of being negotiated that will include meals! We will be landing right on the beach in front of the beautiful Tela resorts. Bask in the excitement of cheers of hundreds of beach-goers as you land on the beach like a rock star! After a long day of jumping let's kick back with some cold ones and enjoy nightly entertainment provided by the resorts. Please RSVP asap so we can be sure to get rooms reserved for everyone who is interested. For more information please call/text Omar Bardales at 832-215-1493