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High five!

Skydivers are MASTERS of all kinds of handshakes, slapping and gesturing. Watch any plane on jump run, and you’ll see. We have often thought about putting together a little video featuring the most common/elaborate/silly/crazy/impossible handshakes to feature. Maybe we should get that done this summer… maybe we should a competition and give the winning slappers a couple of free jumps? Hm.

Anyway. Back to the point. Today is National High Five day. April 19th. Makes no sense, but there it is. Being a nation of slappers (and not in the British slang kind of way), we should celebrate.
If you aren’t sure of the details, you can head to Wikipedia for the definition:

The high five is a celebratory hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand, about head high, and push, slide or slap the flat of their palm and hand against the palm and flat hand of their partner. The gesture is often preceded verbally by the phrase “Give me five” or “High five”.

– watch this detailed video, highlighting some common mistakes and errors:


– and this one for some sick variations to the common high five:

Practice hard, dirt dive often, and let us know when you have perfected your high five. We accept video contributions via e-mail.  Happy National High Five Day to all of you, with giant high five from us at Blue Skies Magazine.  SLAP!

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