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i53: April 2014 Is No Joke

Mostly because we couldn’t think of a good April Fool’s joke, but if you come across anything good, let us know!

The April issue of Blue Skies Mag is being printed RIGHT NOW! Send good inky vibes to PA. We’ll let you know when it’s mailed, so sit tight and wait for this gem to appear.

i53: April2014 Blue Skies Magazine, LLC

i53: April2014 | Matt Hill geeking the camera during the 2014 Pachanga Beach Boogie in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hosted by SkydiveMex. Photo by Norman Kent • www.normankent.com.

On the cover: Sydney Owen Williams, former n00b, is here to tell you folks, IT. GETS. BETTER. A lot of us have been there at the beginning of a skydiving career wondering when this stuff gets fun. It does, we promise!

In the FlyBy, we have more latte art (anyone guessing the themes of these yet?), the comic “Take it DZ,” reader question, Ink of the Month, tit4tat and more.

Annette Lyn O’Neil takes us behind the scenes of this Squirrel Wingsuits ad:

Moe Viletto is in on the behind the scenes action, with his stories from the filming of this movie: movies.netflix.com/BestMovieEver. (OK fine, it’s “Drop Zone.”)

“Airgasm: How Skydiving Is Like Sex” by Dr. Mohawk. Science!

Douggs‘ logbook: the first of many entries from the actual logbook of the actual Douggs. This month, jump #60, April 25, 1998.

Competing Against the Evil Empire” by James La Barrie. What is the evil empire in skydiving? We’ll give you a hint – starts with “sky” and ends with “ride.” Even if you’re not a DZO, you might be interested in some of the business side workings of the sport. And if you’re not, well … maybe you should be.

Blannie Wagner is opening a powered paragliding/skydiving/air sports drop zone in Tightwad, Missouri. To fly a paramotor you have to start out getting the 53-pound thing on your back. Did we mention she has heart disease, is 5’3″ and weighs 110 pounds? In Paving the Runway, she feels the fear and kicks its ass!

Jenny and Lenny are SkyCouple of the month, interviewed by the awesome Eli Godwin. Get to know these adorable college sweethearts <3

Is Arizona Airspeed in trouble? Kurt Gaebel crunches the numbers to see just where the boys from Eloy stand against the Belgian Hayabusa waffles.

The Fuckin’ Pilot talks about someone who’s not nicknamed Princess! This guy (who’s not Roberta Mancino and is introduced at 0:37):

Melanie Grillet is Winning, yo! “Anyway, so we show up for the 2-way event and are clearly way out of our league. I am legitimately the most positive person I know (most of the time) and an experienced competitor, so when looking at this field of teams, I knew instantly that we would come in last … by a lot.”

UPDATED 4/2/14: The cover photo was taken at the Pachanga Boogie hosted by SkydiveMex, not by Skydive Mexico. 

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