BSBD Andrei Ryndin – Russian CP Team

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BSBDcrop smCanopy pilot Andrei Ryndin, a member of the Russian Canopy Piloting team died Thursday July 24th, during a competition  jump at the Russian Canopy Piloting Championships in Aerograd Kolomna, Russia.  It was his 3rd jump of the day.
Andrei was an active and current skydiver. He was reported to be flying a Performance Designs Peregrine, a canopy made especially for competitive canopy pilots.

Canopy Piloting is an unforgiving sport where mistakes can result in serious injury or death.

Our sympathies to Andrei’s family and friends.

News Reports: Itar-Tass.com (English)

BSBD Frederick Platt, Jr – canopy collision

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BSBDcrop smFormer Navy SEAL Frederick Platt died on Sunday in the wake of a canopy collision at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.  Frederick was an experienced jumper with around 2000 jumps and was a local at Skydive Midwest.  The other jumper, Neil Kuhlman was not seriously injured.

The incident is under investigation.

Frederick leaves behind his wife Stacy, pregnant with their first child. A fund has been set up to support the family. If you would like to contribute, please click this link for further information. We send our sincerest condolences to Skydive Midwest, family and friends.

 

 

News Reports: JSOnline, RacineUncovered.com

Velocity Sports adds new sales reps!

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velocity-sports-equipmentNicole Smith and John Fulk have joined Velocity Sports Equipment, the makers of the Infinity rig, as sales and support team.

Nicole will be in the role of dealer support while John’s focus will be on existing orders and rigging. Blue Skies Mag readers are very familiar with Nicole as the “50 states girl” and John is this dude she ran into somewhere along the way.  She must have liked him, because the two are getting married at the end of August.

Both are active jumpers, enthusiastic about the sport of skydiving. You will likely run into one or both at select events around the U.S., and please feel free to drop them a line with any VSE questions you want answered  or just to say hi (Nicole/John).

NicoleandJohn

 

 

Donate to the U.S. Parachute Team

Donate to the 2014 U.S. Parachute Team

Quick links for short attention spans:


The meat of the matter:

The 2014 World Parachuting Championships are in the Czech Republic (FS and artistic) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (CF and SA) this August, and the U.S. teams have been selected. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. teams don’t receive any government funding. The limited assistance they do get is interest from USPA’s Team Trust Fund (which you can also donate to here: TTF donation).

Team manager Chuck Akers has set up a GoFundMe project to raise additional money for the FS and artistic teams (www.gofundme.com/ay5dh4), and Eli Godwin has one for the CF and SA teams (www.gofundme.com/bv48u8). Both goals are $5,000 but I’m sure no one would mind if those were smashed ;)

The money raised will be evenly distributed directly to the teams. Each team is responsible for its own travel arrangements so money raised will be reimbursement for whatever they have or will purchase to get them to Czech Republic.

And now, meet your 2014 U.S. Parachute Teams!

4-way FS: Arizona Airspeed
4-way FS female: Golden Knights Female
8-way FS: U.S. Army Golden Knights
4-way VFS: Arizona Arsenal
Freefly: Elsinore Ignite
Freestyle: Animare
CF: Clean Air
Style & Accuracy, Men’s: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy
Style & Accuracy, Women’s: Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

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2014 U.S. 4-Way Female Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Laura Dickmeyer, SFC Dannielle Woosley, SFC Angela Nichols, SSG Jennifer Davidson, SFC Jennifer Espinosa, SFC Scott Janise)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman,  SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman, SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

Sky-BASE Tribe Reunion Called Epic

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Sky BASE Tribe Las Vegas Convention photo by Brad ChatellierPhoto by: Brad Chatellier

A reunion is one way to overcome, rise above and balance the BSBD vs. our Daily High lifestyle. ­­ Simply gathering the tribe outside of the usual jump day has the power to bring real unity and power to ourselves. And, of course create a party the size of Texas with your best friends spanning decades of highs, lows and everything in between in a place built for nothing less than EPIC. VEGAS BABY!

Ok, so maybe you’ve heard about it.  Maybe you saw it in the print edition of Blue Skies. The Vegas Convention, happened in May of this year.  And it’s taken me a while to really process what happened.

The event was meant for one of the waves of skydiving and BASE jumping that span maybe 20 years. The camaraderie, lifestyle and passion for our relationships with each other is a direct reflection of our entire Sky-BASE community. In light of the significant losses this year I couldn’t have imagined a better time for all of us. Light the fire!

Enter Jimmy & Marta Pouchinotti. The BASE dynamic duo with a vision and a network to make something like this happen. After all the recent losses, the hype and questioning of it all, it was their idea to actually do something, engage in a deep and meaningful way. Unify the tribe, so to speak. Engage with the process of life, the community and perhaps even impact our culture by concentrating on our relationships. You know, the peeps, the lifestyle, the celebration of the lives we are living, right now.

It’s just a big party you say? I beg to differ. It’s the lifestyle and the bonds we make as skydivers that is the celebration of life, the freedom of writing our own tickets, cutting away and calling the shots. It’s an idea that took flame and enlarged to booking a major portion of a hotel and a complete club for the night, it’s like the convention, but totally different. (I know, that’s dating myself.)  Dare I say the largest Sky-BASE party reunion off DZ in the history of our culture? If that’s so, this holds the potential for a shift in our Sky-BASE communities. Spending a little time deepening our relationships holds a lot of power. It’s a big reason we all got into this crazy lifestyle in the first place.

If you’ve only been in the sport a few years you might have tasted all this, if not, you most likely will. As a culture, skydiving is freedom on so many levels.   And some of the biggest magic, isn’t under canopy or in freefall, it’s in the peeps you meet and know for a lifetime.

Balance the Blue Skies Black Death with honing your art of being. Being grateful, being willing to risk it all, being committed to deepening all your relationships and being conscious.

Do you really rock your life? Enjoy this crazy lifestyle of travel, speed and adrenaline?  Prove it!  Check out my latest post on Jeff Nebelkopf’s memorial and post a video of you rocking this rock-star lifestyle and honor a fallen comrade in the process.  Super simple, shoot it with your phone!  Find out how, at Jeff Nebelkopf Video Challenge post.

I am about to board a plan for Jeff’s Memorial in Sebastian this coming weekend.  Best of luck to all the wingsuit competitors heading off to another ground breaking competition.

Check out all the fun and pics The Las Vegas Convention Party at The Harry Parker Fan Page

Oh, and please share the post.

Thanks for tuning in.
HP OUT

Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Video Challenge

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