i79: July 2016

On the cover

Photographer Guru Khalsa gives Ben Nelson a high-five above Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

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Cover Photo | Guru Khalsa

Featured Photo | Ari Cassella

A hauntingly beautiful capture of a BASE jump.

The FlyBy

First IBA Comp of the year | Melissa Keough

Reader Question: Your Most Memorable Jumps

Industry Beat: Peregrine ACE, Wingsuit CYPRES, Aerodyne shakeup, Skydive Carolina

Photo Interview: Steve Lefkowitz | Zach Lewis

It is pretty hard to piss me off. Generally, if you are going to piss me off I will just not be around you. I figure if you piss me off too much that is my own fault. I consider it my shortcoming to get too pissed off at somebody.

Photo Interview: Steve Lefkowitz | Excerpt

Everest Skydive | Wendy Smith

Falling in love with Nepal is so easy and it is for life. Every expedition unravels a secret experience. The pleasure of being able to share this spiritual experience with clients from all touches of life can be one of the best reasons to keep going back.

Surviving BASE, Part 2 of 3 | Chris “Douggs” Mcdougall

In fact, I don’t run at 100 percent these days. I don’t even run at 70 percent. I run at 30 to 50 percent of what I am capable of in every aspect of what I do, including aerobatics, tracking, wingsuit flying, wingsuit proximity flying. It gives me a huge margin for error in this unforgiving sport.

Face Off: AXIS versus Grillets

What makes these skydives challenging?
AXIS: Keeping your sanity while trying to perform something that violates all previous FS rules.

Centerfold | Jeff Chan

Darren Burke leads a big suit flock over Skydive Dubai Desert Campus. Photo by Jeff Chan. | Blue Skies Magazine i79: July 2016 |  http://blueskiesmag.com/2016/08/31/i79-desktop-wallpaper/

Darren Burke leads a big suit flock over Skydive Dubai Desert Campus. Photo by Jeff Chan. | Blue Skies Magazine i79: July 2016

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High Jinks, Part XII | James L. Hayhurst

Meanwhile, I took note of the completely different method used by the StratEx team to deploy their balloon. Compared to the “Dukes of Hazzard” dynamic launch method of Red Bull Stratos, the StratEx launch method was downright stately, as in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Skydiving Saved My Life | Chelsea Ashworth

The truth is that my skydiving family knew I was an addict and an alcoholic before I did.

I Always Turn Right! | Lucas Alderette

We have all heard about “so-and-so’s friend” that it happened to, or maybe you yourself are one of the rare individuals who has experienced a built-in turning canopy.

An Evolution in Paramotoring | Troy Hartman

A new paramotor just arrived on the scene that I believe is going to change everything.

Let’s Give a Zach Welcome | James La Barrie

If I have a man crush on anyone in skydiving, it’s on Zach Sabel.

+Turning Points+ Total Control or Anarchy for the Dive Pool? | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

This would be easy work for a graphics designer, however, the removal of the “side-body link-up” definition would now also require a complete make-over of the undocumented judging interpretation for what is accepted and what not, which was grand-fathered in from generation to generation. That’s a lot of work for the committee.

The Offseason | The Fuckin’ Pilot

For the first time in 21 years I intend to spend the entire summer learning to surf, improving my yoga skills, raising my personal level of “Fuck it” to 110 percent and thinking as little as possible about anything to do with an airplane.

The Perfect Parallel | Melanie Curtis

At whatever stage you find yourself in skydiving, there is always more to learn.

SkyGod

SkyGod tires of terrible shit.

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