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i63: March 2015 | Cover Photo and Story: Matt Blank and Cyn Currie release the silks over Skydive Perris in California. Photo by Dan Dupuis.

In this issue (full details and links to online versions here!):

  • Cover Photo and Story: Matt Blank and Cyn Currie fly the silks in California. Photo by Dan Dupuis.
  • CRW Dogs and Their Frozen Asses | Photo and words by Wendy Faulkner
  • Tunnel Got You Stiff? Core | Yoga sequence by Emma Tranter
  • SkyCouples: Dave and Karry Schwartz | Interview by Eli Godwin
  • Centerfold: Guru Khalsa leads a sunset flock over Bay Area Skydiving | Photo by Jessica Vander Schauw

    Blue Skies Magazine i63: March 2015 centerfold

    i63: March 2015 | Guru Khalsa leads a sunset flock over Bay Area Skydiving. Photo by Jessica Vander Schauw

  • Failure vs Success? |By Chris “Douggs” McDougall
  • Cause of Death: Malaria | By Moe Viletto
  • Want Great Marketing? Start with Great Culture. | By James La Barrie
  • Turning Points: We’re Getting There | By Kurt Gaebel
  • It Should Have Been a Joke | By the Fuckin’ Pilot
  • Take Care-a You | By Melanie Curtis
  • Dear SkyGod | By SkyGod

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i63 Cover: Flying the Silks with Matt Blank, Cyn Currie and Dan Dupuis

Blue Skies Magazine i63: March 2015 | blueskiesmag.com
Blue Skies Magazine i63: March 2015 | blueskiesmag.com

i63: March 2015 | Cover Photo and Story: Matt Blank and Cyn Currie release the silks over Skydive Perris in California. Photo by Dan Dupuis.

We love this month’s cover photo by Dan Dupuis so much, we continued it as the Featured Photo.

Blue Skies Magazine i63: March 2015 | blueskiesmag.com

i63: March 2015 | Featured Photo: Matt Blank and Cyn Currie release the silks over Skydive Perris in California. Photo by Dan Dupuis.

by Matt Blank

This idea started with my desire to organize a day of Mr. Bill skydives. After consulting with Marty Jones, owner of Your Loft Rigging, we concluded tandem rigs would be the best option for successful Mr. Bill jumps due to their slow openings and ability to control the attitude of the jumping pair before deployment. Originally Josh Sheppard and I were going to take a group of people on Mr. Bills upon his return to California from his trip home to Michigan. Unfortunately, in a ‘skydiving first’ for Josh, he left me holding the bag and never returned. An infraction for which beers will be forever owed and drank.

When my good friend Cyn Currie, who is chief instructor at Skydive Monterey, told me she was coming into town on the day we were going to do this event I took it as a sign and planned to do some Mr. Bill-ing with her. However, as these things usually go, we couldn’t do just a normal Bill and when she told me she had been teaching aerial silks it was a no-brainer to add them to the jump. I have to give credit to our Perris DZ manager, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, and to our school manager, Shazza Kindsvater, for allowing us to attempt this stunt.

We executed this Mr. Bill from 12,500’ with the silks attached to the D-rings of the tandem rig with the material stowed in a flag bag. A single-pull cutaway system was secured to the main attachment point of the silks in case we needed to jettison the apparatus. Once our tandem canopy opened I held her between my legs while she released the silks. For the next several thousand feet she performed on the silks while I flew the tandem canopy. At around 6,000’ she bailed from the ribbons and finished the skydive on her own system while I landed with the silks trailing behind me.

Ideally we would like to turn this into a demonstration activity and perform it into stadiums and events with the intention to either land the pair or bail out low, with low-altitude specific equipment in place.

Ed. note: We mistakenly corrected “attitude” (as in orientation) to “altitude” in the printed magazine. Our apologies, Matt!

Matt Blank

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About the author: Matt Blank, BASE 1412, is a traveling instructor primarily teaching skydiving, rock climbing and snowboarding in Southern California.

Reader question: What’s your favorite piece of jumping memorabilia?

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This month we want to know about your favorite “thing.” Maybe it’s a t-shirt from that boogie you met that one guy/gal, your first trespassing citation for jumping that tower, a VHS copy of the 2001 Pond Swooping Nationals or the first altimeter you bought. Whatever it is, if someone ever tried to throw it away as trash, you’d be on them like white on rice. *Bonus points for photographic evidence!*

What is your favorite piece of jumping memorabilia?

Select responses will be printed in the April issue of Blue Skies Mag. Comment with the name you’d like attributed to your answer, or email it to me at lara@blueskiesmag.com.

i62 Desktop Wallpaper: PD Factory Team by Kenneth Gajda

Blue Skies Magazine i62: February 2015 | Centerfold by Kenneth Gajda

Treat yo’ self. And yo’ computer. Install this desktop wallpaper, straight from our February 2015 issue centerfold and instantly be transported onto the PD Factory Team, photographed by Kenneth Gajda.

Blue Skies Magazine i62: February 2015 | Centerfold by Kenneth Gajda

The PD Factory Team forms an orderly queue during their team camp last October at Skydive DeLand. (l to r): Gage Galle, Ian Bobo, Brian Vacher, Shannon Pilcher and Jessica Edgeington.
Photo by Kenneth Gajda

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