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The April 2014 issue of Blue Skies Mag has been shipped from our printer to all U.S. subscribers! The postal service is a lot like the cable guy, though, so expect delivery sometime between now and April 30. Seriously. If you don’t have your issue already, DO NOT PANIC! Give it a few weeks and if don’t have it by May 1, please do let us know.

We do have one minor issue for our subscribers outside the continental U.S. Your shipment must have been feeling extra naughty because it went for a swim in uncharted waters and ended up at our distribution house totally ruined. We have replacements headed out now but you will have a delay receiving your magazine this month. We are sorry for this but we have a strict policy to send only the freshest, cleanest, driest mags to our friends!

Sneak Peek: i52

i52: March 2014 | Exit with Skydive Empuriabrava’s Beech 99 during their Christmas Boogie, with Marleen Melissant, Efraim Folgerts, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez, Gregor Van Den Eynden and Jarek Vel Bartek.
Photo by Gustavo Cabana • www.guscabana.com.

The March issue is making its way through the production line, soon to be hitting the streets.

It hasn’t mailed yet, so don’t panic if you don’t have it yet! We’ll let you know when it’s out and the date you should let us know if you don’t have it by.

Blue Skies Mag March 2014

Exit with Skydive Empuriabrava’s Beech 99 during their Christmas Boogie, with Marleen Melissant, Efraim Folgerts, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez, Gregor Van Den Eynden and Jarek Vel Bartek.
Photo by Gustavo Cabana • www.guscabana.com.

Like probably every skydiver, I have vague dreams of one day BASE jumping. Getting to altitude in a natural way, not using fossil fuels, the pure beauty of it — it’s all really alluring to me. The cover story, “Never Leave a Man Behind,” by Douggs with the help of his friends makes me question if I really have what it takes to deal with the realities of BASE jumping. Could I not only watch my buddy die in front of me, but risk going to jail by reporting the accident and staying with his body? Man, I just don’t know. Could you or have you?

On a lighter note, we have a monthly comic strip! Nadene from Adventure Creative drew up “Take It DZ.” (Say it out loud.) Of course, we have the monthly tit4tat – which, don’t forget, is an awareness campaign for breast cancer – ink of the month, latte art, reader question and news all in The FlyBy.

Max Heidenfelder wrote a boogie review of the Swakopmund Desert Boogie that is actually a review! Honest and thoughtful, with a few critiques. No “The ____ Boogie is always fun and this year was no exception. Manifest did a great job and we had a BBQ by ___ with delicious ribs and beer.” By the way, please don’t ever submit a boogie review with sentences like that. Has anyone ever actually said out loud, “Blah blah blah was no exception?” No. No they haven’t. And, no one really cares how great the pancake breakfast at the boogie was.

Sorry, that was me straight up bitching. Not cool. Moving on …

Melissa Lowe (the former Miss Melissa Nelson) went to Mexico for New Year’s, Krisanne Combs went to the NorCal Free Flight Film Festival and Angie Aragon went to Bird’s Paradise Extreme Resort, a privately owned DZ in Thailand. These stories are all carefully engineered to make you Polar Vortex sufferers suffer just a little more. I know you were wondering.

Moe Viletto is back, with tales from the making of the movie “Drop Zone.” Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus contributed tons of  behind-the-scenes photos. If you love or hate the movie, it’ll be a good read back in time. 20 years back. Crap.

We have a new business-oriented column, too! Marketing guru James La Barrie ran Skydive Carolina for nine years, including the crazy popular CarolinaFest. He has some word-of-mouth marketing tips for DZOs this month, but we think fun jumpers will be interested in the business end of the sport.

SkyCouples! The feature that melts even my cold cold heart. This month Eli interviews Animare, the husband-and-wife team of Amanda and Brian Festi. If you don’t have or don’t use the incredibly handy QR code on your phone, here’s the video from their article:

Sydney is also back! Three years ago she was a fresh-faced marketing professional and skydiving n00b thinking about leaving her lucrative career to work in the sport full-time. Look at her now, running the events and marketing at an internationally known drop zone, training with her 4-way team, and generally remembering what it was like to be the new kid. If you’re struggling with fitting in on the DZ, learning a new discipline, getting over the “I kind of suck” hump or like helping those guys out, this is your stuff.

If you’re a subscriber, I don’t need to waste any more of your time telling you how awesome Kurt, the Fuckin’ Pilot and Melanie are. You know you love their columns. This month’s are no exception, and the chili dinner at this month’s boogie party was outstanding and earned rave reviews from all who attended.

Reader question: What do you wish people would ask you about jumping?

Time again to answer our monthly question and get in the mag!

What do you wish people would ask you about skydiving, or BASE jumping, or whatever kind of flying you do?

This could be whuffos, people from other disciplines, the media, whomever.

We’ll print your comment (or select few if we get a ton, with a touch of editing for clarity) in the April issue of Blue Skies Mag, with the name you sign here in the comments. You can also email answers to me at lara@blueskiesmag.com.

Prepare to feel old. “Drop Zone” turns 20 this year.

First, a question:

How do you feel about the movie "Drop Zone"?

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Drop Zone is almost old enough to drink in the U.S.

Something dangerous is in the air.

OK back to the story at hand. Moe Viletto is back in the March issue with a fantastic 3-part, behind-the-scenes tale from the filming of “Drop Zone,” that masterpiece of a film made in … get ready for it …

1994. Which was 20 YEARS ago.

Roger Ebert said, “The movie is the most elaborate feature ever made about skydiving, with aerial photography and stunts so good that the stuff on the ground almost, but not quite, gets forgiven … ’Drop Zone’ is an example of a superb production harnessed to a shallow script.”

Fuck yeah.

If you have Netflix streaming, you can watch it right now: https://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/461834. You know what’s playing in the Blue Skies Mag offices right now.

 

In This Issue: #49

The December issue of Blue Skies Mag is repeating the sounding joy out there in the world right now.

It got out of the gates a little late, so don’t panic if you don’t have it yet. Reserve that panic for after the New Year – if you still don’t have your magazine by January 3, email Kolla – kolla@blueskiesmag.com.

If you like what you see here but don’t have a subscription, it’s not too late! Sign up now and you can start your prescription starting with any issue you like; just let us know in the comments at blueskiesmag.com/product/blue-skies-magazine-subscription.

So just what is in this little stocking stuffer?


Blue Skies Mag issue #49 | December 2013 | Cover Photo by Nik Daniel, AXIS Flight School

Blue Skies Mag issue #49 | December 2013 | Cover Photo by Nik Daniel, AXIS Flight School

On the Cover: Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School taking a selfie under canopy with an extension pole over Skydive Arizona with wingsuit pilot Alex Swindle.


2013 DZ Awards

2013 DZ Awards Results in Blue Skies Mag issue #49

Cover Story: 2013 DZ Awards!

You voted, we printed. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank YOU for voting! Check back here next fall for the 2014 DZ Awards voting.


Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Featured Photo by Norman Kent

Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Featured Photo by Norman Kent

Featured Photo: Animare Deland’s Brian and Amanda Festi, 2013 US Nationals freestyle champions. Photo by Norman Kent • www.normankent.com


The FlyBy

Blue Skies Mag issue #49

Blue Skies Mag issue #49


Amy Chmelecki Photo Interview by Zach Lewis

Amy Chmelecki Photo Interview by Zach Lewis

Photo Interview: Amy Chmelecki by Zach Lewis

The newest Red Bull Air Force member as you probably haven’t seen her! ChemaSexy.


Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Here There Be Dragons by Annette O'Neil

Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Here There Be Dragons by Annette O’Neil

Here There Be Dragons: Jumping China’s Fantasy Bridge by Annette O’Neil

Our favorite BASE jumping wordsmith takes us to China to jump off a bridge.


Centerfold: Break-off time for an attempt at the California State Vertical Record, hosted at Skydive Perris and put on by SoCal Converge. Photo Brian Buckland • brianbuckland.com


Blue Skies Mag issue #49 King of Speed by Rob Pine

Blue Skies Mag issue #49 King of Speed by Rob Pine

King of Speed by Rob Pine

Winter sucks but not if you can play in it like these guys.


Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Point Break Live! Review by Krisanne Combs

Blue Skies Mag issue #49 Point Break Live! Review by Krisanne Combs

I am an F … B … I … Agent! by Krisanne Combs

Point Break Live! is a real thing that exists. Krisanne Combs donned a rain jacket to tell you if it’s worth going or not. {Spoiler: it is.}


Paying the Piper: Megan Walker-Radtke, Weather Goddess

We talk to a real live weather expert (not manifest) about her job. Best part – Megan wrote an awesome article about why winter weather sucks for our January issue!


Turning Points: France In Trouble? by Kurt Gaebel, NSL

Is the era of French 4-way total global domination over?


Confessions of a Horny TI by the Fuckin’ Pilot

You know.


HighcommsJedi

HighcommsJedi

Highcomms Jedi by Melanie Curtis, highcomms.com

The latest, sweetest, matchy-match Liquid jumpsuits eva’!


SkyGod’s New Year’s Minion’s Resolutions


We hope you love it! Send feedback to lara@blueskiesmag.com. Letters to the editor, story ideas, reader news, photos – we want it ALL!!!

Happy holidays to all our readers and supporters. And hell, to our haters too.

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