i43: May/June 2013
On the cover
Ryan Brownlow bringing it home during the FLCPA Meet #3 at Raeford Parachute Center. Photo by Chad Wilcox.
On the cover is Chad Wilcox’s first (BEER!) cover shot, of Team Alter Ego member Ryan Brownlow at the swoop meet in North Carolina.
Opening Kuwait by Chris “Douggs” McDougall
Douggs‘ first article of the month, about the first BASE jumps in Kuwait, is the cover story.
Where You Need to Be
- Wingsuit Sequential Competition, Chicagoland Skydiving Center, June 28-30 >>link<<
- Vector Festival, France, July 9-14 >>link<<
Project “Skydive the Freezer,” Alaska, July 12-25 >>link<<Unfortunately the boogie has been canceled this year :-(
- Redemption Boogie, LSPC, July 18-21 >>link<<
- tit4tat Day at PST, Toronto, July 27 >>link<<
- Flight-1 Canopy Control Courses >>link<<
World CP Rankings, the monthly tit4tat, reader news and views, Cold Steel Award, Double Uniform Porn, 500 Naked Skydives, Lodi Ladies Sequentials
Skydiving Word of the Month: Bridle
Noun The length of fabric that attaches your pilot chute to your deployment bag.
|Is not: bridal
Adjective Of or concerning a bride or a wedding.
Death in the Sport of Life by Douggs
Douggs’ second contribution this month. Read it in full here and in the Australian Skydiver Magazine.
Not the Usual Suspects by Dean “Princess” Ricci
Fun facts about skydiving’s favorite supermodel: she was a kickboxer, worked in a pizzeria to pay her way through AFF, and is Italian.
Photo Essay: Riviera Nayarit Beach Boogie by Norman Kent
Airtight Bodyflight: How to Start Clunking Around in a Clear Tube by Annette O’Neil
Learn a thing or two about this tunnel thing everyone’s talking about.
Paving the Runway: Crash Test Dummies and Stealth Bombers by Blannie Wagner
The latest installment from the “Hey, let’s open a drop zone!” files.
Love in the Air by Murv
Still feel like complaining about whatever terrible thing you thought happened in your day?
BSBD, Kurt Ruppert, Jr. by Betsy Waite
You’ve surely heard about the Florida wingsuit jumper lost in the mountains of Washington earlier this year. Now read about the man we lost, from his girlfriend Betsy.
Turning Points: Outdoor/Indoor Skydiving 2013 by Kurt Gaebel, NSL
Gravy by Melanie Curtis, highcomms.com
Ease up and make some gravy.
Help us all.
Another back-in-the-day BASE story from the master storyteller! And, did you catch him on the latest Skydive Radio?
And that’s what made reader Missy comment, “Wow. Stellar issue this month!! ‘I always try to hug my friends when I see them and hug them again when they leave’ – best advice and fantastic article by Chris “Douggs” McDougall. And Annette O’Neil’s article about the tunnel > THANK YOU. I want to hug the shit out of this woman. Finishing the rest of the mag tonight where I’m sure to bother you again later Really great job this month everybody!!”
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