i58: Do It Anyway

Blue Skies Magazine October 2014 cover

It’s alive! Our October issue is mailing out now to current subscribers. If you are not a current subscriber, you can change that right here, right now.

Please give it until October 31 for the postal service to get your mag to you. If you still don’t have it by then, let us know by emailing Kolla at kolla@blueskiemag.com and she’ll get you sorted.

Blue Skies Magazine October 2014 cover

i58: October 2014 | James “Macca” Macdonald takes a selfie during UK Parachuting’s Sibson Boogie.

On the Cover

MACCA SELFIE WOAH! James “Macca” Macdonald takes a selfie during UK Parachuting’s Sibson Boogie and Beth Victor (née Athanas) writes about something I’m sure none of us have ever felt before. You know, because we’re all such radical, extreme WOAH risk takers. Or, you’re a normal person like Beth (and me, and Kolla) who is actually quite cautious, despite participating in one of the world’s most dangerous sports.

Featured Photo

Jim Hickey‘s parachute on fire. Really. Photo by Niklas Daniel, NiklasDaniel.com.

The FlyBy

  • Comic Relief by Nadene Beyerbach, adventurecreative.ca | Dummy holes abound.
  • Monthly tit4tat, tit4tatcanada.com | Get ready to say farewell to tit4tat; last entry is December. Unless … they get more contributions …
  • Finish freefliers set Nordic records!
  • Reader question: What’s your biggest fear?
  • 2014 Drop Zone Awards voting! Polls are still open, so get your votes in.

Pictorial

Most Jumps 2014 by Norman Kent, normankent.com. Jay Stokes tried to beat his own record with 700 skydives in 24 hours. Weather didn’t agree, but the attempt was remarkable.

Photo Interview: Hannah Betts by Zach Lewis

Hannah is one of those rare breeds who seems like an even more awesome human being than her looks — and her looks look pretty damned spectacular.

Jumping into Persia by Salman Amiri with Shahram Dabiri

Iran wasn’t exactly on my “I Want To Go To There” list before, but Sal and Shah may just change my mind. Sal and his partner Hadie are working to open the country’s first civilian drop zone and would cordially invite you to visit Persia.

Mustache BASE 2014 by Mara Schmid, hussymag.com

The funnest looking BASE boogie we’ll ever be totally unqualified to join.

Douggs’ Logbook

A peek into the actual BASE logbook of the legend Douggs, basedreams.com.

Centerfold

It’s not a conspiracy that we print so many of Norman Kent’s photos or anything, he just makes it so freaking easy with so many amazing photos from so many places. Caroline E. Layne’s first helicopter is frozen in time this month.

Skydive Balaton & Tora Tora Helicamp 2014 by Max Heidenfelder

Hungary was already on my “I Want To Go To There” list and Max’s honest DZ review moved it up a notch or two.

Make: Custom-Molded Sugru Earbuds by Tiago “Quase” Seiler

I love Sugru and have been searching for someone to do an Instructable-type something with the stuff. Quase originally posted this on reddit and I pounced, bringing it to print for your page-tearing-out-as-reference pleasure

Personal Responsibility by Terry Wahlen

Not as exciting a term as some others, but probably the most important one. You can’t look sexy in a coffin.

How to Not Hate Skydiving by James La Barrie, amazethecustomer.com

DZOs and anyone who works at a drop zone: READ THIS. Or, get burnt out and hate the most glorious sport in the world. Your choice.

And the Sky Is Still There by Sydney Owen

Sydney’s latest “From the Other Side: Tales of a Former N00b” is all about priorities. The sky is rad; even radder because it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

World Meet Hiccups by Kurt Gaebel, National Skydiving League

Some constructive criticism from an impartial observer of the latest World Meet. Thank Kurt for saying what needs to be said!

Turbine-Erotic Asphyxiation by the Fuckin’ Pilot

Pilot, I know you know where the term “pillow biter” comes from.

Back in the Day by Melanie Curtis, melaniecurtis.com

Ah, back in the day, when we didn’t care how un-matchy our jumpsuits were or how we ranked in the world. Melanie goes there for Nationals.

SkyGod

SkyGod answers some questions, and some non-question questions.

Reader question: What are you most thankful for?

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Yes, this is for the November issue. Hard to believe, but in just about 6 weeks, Americans will gather around a dead bird and be thankful. So let’s get an early start, shall we?

What are you most thankful for this year?

Let’s keep it air-sports-related-ish if we can, but no one’s getting ostracized if what you’re thankful for has nothing to do with flying.

Select responses will be printed in the November 2014 issue of Blue Skies Mag. Comment here or email lara@blueskiesmag.com; sign your comment or email with the name you want published in the mag. Responses may be edited for spelling, grammar or space.

Reader question: What’s your biggest fear?

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Oh boy, late call on this one! I need answers PDQ for October’s reader question, which is:

What’s your biggest fear in skydiving, BASE jumping or paragliding (or your air sport of choice)?

Responses will be printed in the October issue of Blue Skies Mag, signed with the name you comment as. You can email answers to me as well, to lara@blueskiesmag.com. Be sure to state that it’s okay for us to print, and sign as you want your name printed in the mag.

i57: Coming Soon

i57: September 2014 | Kjersti Eide, Gridset, Norway. Photo by Marius Back Dahle www.mariusbeckdahle.com/fashion/

We just got word that i57, the September 2014 issue of Blue Skies Mag, is in the mail to subscribers around the world!

If you don’t have your copy by the end of the month, please let us know! Be patient though, it’s not called snail mail for the fun of it.

 

If you’re not a current subscriber, you can >> SUBSCRIBE HERE << and tell us you want to start with this issue. Otherwise, we’ll start you with i58, the October issue.

i57: September 2014 | Kjersti Eide, Gridset, Norway. Photo by Marius Back Dahle www.mariusbeckdahle.com/fashion/

i57: September 2014 | Kjersti Eide, Gridset, Norway. Photo by Marius Back Dahle www.mariusbeckdahle.com/fashion/

We start out with a profile of Norwegian BASE jumper Kjersti “Kitty Cat” Eide, by the always fabulous Cynthia Guzman.

In the FlyBy: Take It DZ, the monthly comic by Nadene; tit4tat, the ever-popular breast-cancer awareness PSA; reader question of the month; Lonnie Bissonette’s first jump back at the bridge that bit him 10 years ago; and the opening of the 2014 DZ Awards Voting!

An ekstremsportveko ’14 photo essay by Chris “Giant” Stewart, Team One Call.

A peek into Douggs’ personal BASE logbook.

The Four Times You Might Quit Skydiving” by Gil Sharon. Yes, you might actually think of quitting someday.

A Photo Tour of the Windy City’s Two Biggest Boogies: Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest and Chicagoland Skydiving Center’s Independence Boogie, by Norman Kent.

Predicting the Future” by Moe Viletto. A select few were there to hear this speech Moe gave at Bridge Day a few years back; we thought it was still relevant enough for everyone to read today.

The Perfect Madness of a BASE-Jumping Dad” by Alastair Macartney. How do you reconcile being a parent with participating in the world’s most dangerous sport?

James La Barrie has more DZ-management wisdom. “The Devil Is In the Details” will help your DZ go from good to unforgettable. More business = more jumps for you.

Feel like it’s been a rough year for fatalities? Sydney Owen Williams, former n00b, feels you. “If You Stay” might help you keep trucking.

4-way guru Kurt Gaebel of the NSL explains why you might be disappointed with your outdoor results after an awesome indoor training session in “The 4-Point Indoor Illusion.”

I’ll admit it, I asked the Fuckin’ Pilot how he managed to get porn in Dubai. His response — and more, of course — in “Fuckin’ Porn: Pros & Cons.” Remind me to think before I ask questions.

Melanie Curtis Grillet, highcomms.com, makes friends EVERYWHERE. You totally can, too. “Car Selfies and RAPA Revelations” might help you figure out how.

SkyGod. Rants.

We hope you like it! Please let us know what you think, and don’t forget to vote in the 2014 DZ Awards. Results will be in the December issue.

Happy September!

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