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The ALS ice bucket challenge in skydiving

Written by Kolla

Sonic ALSYou’d have to have been living under a rock to have missed the Ice Bucket Challenge craze, gone viral to the point of having it’s own Wikipedia entry. Even living under that rock, someone would probably have slipped you a sticky note saying “you got 24 hrs, get on it”.
Dumping a bucket of ice cold water on your head (or someone else’s) on a dare is right up the alley of most skydivers – especially in the August heat. We bring you a few of our favorite ones!

Kamuran ‘Sonic’ Bayrasli of TonFly USA got a little help from local Ranch hands with his bath AND managed a selfie mid-splash (see above). Well done. 

Joel Lipsky combines an air-bath and ice-bath for a winning combo under canopy: 

iFly Seattle Will Ostag and Cole Farr hit the tunnel with a proper bucket! 

When Bruno Brokken (skydiving photographer extraordinaire) accepted the challenge, he decided on a rather large bucket: a firefighting plane! The plane is reported to have held 400 gallons of water (1500 liters), and dumped that from a height of only 22 feet. Bruno was knocked unconscious and airlifted to a hospital.  Thankfully he is expected to make a full recovery. This took place at Skydive Empuriabrava, Spain,
No video – just best wishes to Bruno for a quick recovery, and we are very glad that he is made of sturdy stuff!

News Reports: The Telegraph, Mirror, Breitbart.com

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