Lawrence de Laubadere is one of the jumpers currently at Skydive Arizona, in Eloy, AZ – working to set a new head up record! Lawrence will be sending a few updates and photos from the attempts throughout the event. Two skills camps have been held prior to the event to get everybody warmed up and ready, because as Lawrence says, “this stuff is hard!”.
1st jump was a 43-way exiting from 16,000 feet with a Skyvan in the lead and a right trailing Otter. The base had some issues which disabled anyone from building. Break-off is in three waves 6,500 pulling no lower than 5,000; 5,500 pulling no lower than 4,000; 4,500 pulling lower than 3,500. Currently on a 15 minute call, time to dirt-dive and go for a second attempt.
The base having sorted itself out the jumpers were able to build on this second jump. From the below picture we can see a good chunk of the formation building. It seems at least three pods built with some of the stingers on the pods before the first break-off wave at 6,500. Waiting patiently for debrief before dirt-diving for the 3rd attempt.
On the second attempt there was one cutaway – but everyone is ready to rock and roll for the next one. We wish everyone the best of luck – their mad skills are already a given!