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.

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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.

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Opening Kuwait by Chris “Douggs” McDougall

Douggs Opens Kuwait

Douggs Opens Kuwait

Douggs‘ first article of the month, about the first BASE jumps in Kuwait, is the cover story.

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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<<

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The FlyBy

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

Is: 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.
bridle

Bridle: This is part of a rig and helps to save your life.

bridal

Bridal: This cannot fit in a rig and will not save your life.

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Death in the Sport of Life by Douggs

Douggs has stories to tell about all these people.

Douggs has stories to tell about all these people.

Douggs’ second contribution this month. Read it in full here and in the Australian Skydiver Magazine.

Death in the Sport of Life

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Not the Usual Suspects by Dean “Princess” Ricci

Roberta over Skydive Dubai | Photo by Noah Bahnson

Roberta over Skydive Dubai | Photo by Noah Bahnson

Fun facts about skydiving’s favorite supermodel: she was a kickboxer, worked in a pizzeria to pay her way through AFF, and is Italian.

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Photo Essay: Riviera Nayarit Beach Boogie by Norman Kent

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Airtight Bodyflight: How to Start Clunking Around in a Clear Tube by Annette O’Neil

Lesson 1: You will not look like this your first time in a tunnel.

Lesson 1: You will not look like this your first time in a tunnel.

Learn a thing or two about this tunnel thing everyone’s talking about.

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Paving the Runway: Crash Test Dummies and Stealth Bombers by Blannie Wagner

Post-op, shmost-op.

Post-op, shmost-op.

The latest installment from the “Hey, let’s open a drop zone!” files.

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Love in the Air by Murv

Still feel like complaining about whatever terrible thing you thought happened in your day?

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BSBD, Kurt Ruppert, Jr. by Betsy Waite

Kurt + Betsy

Kurt + Betsy

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.

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Turning Points: Outdoor/Indoor Skydiving 2013 by Kurt Gaebel, NSL

Tunnels, yay!

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Tunnel Vision by The Fuckin’ Pilot

Tunnels, boo!

Tunnel Vision

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Gravy by Melanie Curtis, highcomms.com

Ease up and make some gravy.

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Dear SkyGod

Help us all.

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Rats in the Ductwork by Moe Viletto

Another back-in-the-day BASE story from the master storyteller! And, did you catch him on the latest Skydive Radio?

Rats in the Ductwork

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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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