August 2013 | Issue #45
Action Therapy Part 1, by David Michael Winland.
“Skydiving has been a way to put to rest some demons that have followed me around for years.”
Andrew Luna chutes the tube over Jumptown in Orange, Mass. Photo by Brian Buckland.
A boogie diary by the Jager Brothers. “Manifest received the first shots, then shit got weird.”
Friday Friedman hanging around at SkyVenture Arizona. Photo by Samantha Schwann, www.samanthaschwann.com.
Finnish Women’s Head-Down Record Holders
Klas Ramsay, photo/videographer
What it is “CYbernetic Parachute RElease System:” The electronic doohickey that just might activate your reserve if you are unable to do so (or if you are a giant fuck-up).
What it is not cypress: An evergreen coniferous tree, the bald variety of which is common to Florida swamps. Cyprus: a small Mediterranean island nation off the coast of Turkey.
What you mean to say “Was there a CYPRES in the rig?”
What it sounds like when you confuse CYPRES with cypress/Cyprus “Was there a tree or a small country in the rig?”
Guest submission by Eli. If you have a skydiving word you’d like people to stop fucking up, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chrigel Maurer of Switzerland has won the Red Bull X-Alps. www.redbullxalps.com
Love in the Air: Full Altitude
“Anyone who has had the chance to share the Otter with Todd, see him land, watch him fly in the tunnel, or just hang out around the DZ knows the incredible energy and positive attitude he exudes.”
2013 Go Fast Games Puente Baluarte
by Jimmy Pouchert, Apex BASE
“We had just invited 50 friends to jump into one of the most technical landing areas we had ever seen, anywhere. Uh, oh.”
SiS Invades Canada
by Joe Alary
“Sticking together is exactly what went on at Skydive Burnaby and it was evident that these women take their sport seriously and love to have fun at the same time—a great lesson learned by any young woman entering this sport.”
John Birdsall, Fellow Speed Freak
by Chris Peterson
“Like many skydivers, John loves to push his limits and try new things. The only thing that sets John apart from the rest of us is that he has cerebral palsy. As a result of his condition, he can’t walk or speak. But this does nothing to keep him from living a wild life.”
“Drop Zone” BASE
by Moe Viletto
“So, one may wonder if that big black bird soaring over the roof the night before the jumps was the reincarnation of our buddy Mike Allen…I like to believe it was. Thanks, and I love you, Mike. ”
Read more about “‘Drop Zone’ BASE” here: blueskiesmag.com/2013/09/20/drop-zone-base-by-moe-viletto!
Turning Points: Undefeated
by Kurt Gaebel, National Skydiving League
“It does not happen very often that world champions retire as the reigning champions.”
by the F*ckin’ Pilot
“As I see it, the most substantial difference between extreme sports athletes and everybody else is that we don’t see fear as a barrier to participation.”
My Tizzle, 2013
by Melanie Curtis, highcomms.com
“We did things. We lived. And we have the memories to show for it. And in that I think … Thank God … Man … MAN! Thank GOD we lived, loved, and rocked the bit of life we had together while we had the chance.”