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On the Cover
MACCA SELFIE WOAH! James “Macca” Macdonald takes a selfie during UK Parachuting’s Sibson Boogie and Beth Victor (née Athanas) writes about something I’m sure none of us have ever felt before. You know, because we’re all such radical, extreme WOAH risk takers. Or, you’re a normal person like Beth (and me, and Kolla) who is actually quite cautious, despite participating in one of the world’s most dangerous sports.
Jim Hickey‘s parachute on fire. Really. Photo by Niklas Daniel, NiklasDaniel.com.
- Comic Relief by Nadene Beyerbach, adventurecreative.ca | Dummy holes abound.
- Monthly tit4tat, tit4tatcanada.com | Get ready to say farewell to tit4tat; last entry is December. Unless … they get more contributions …
- Finish freefliers set Nordic records!
- Reader question: What’s your biggest fear?
- 2014 Drop Zone Awards voting! Polls are still open, so get your votes in.
Most Jumps 2014 by Norman Kent, normankent.com. Jay Stokes tried to beat his own record with 700 skydives in 24 hours. Weather didn’t agree, but the attempt was remarkable.
Photo Interview: Hannah Betts by Zach Lewis
Hannah is one of those rare breeds who seems like an even more awesome human being than her looks — and her looks look pretty damned spectacular.
Jumping into Persia by Salman Amiri with Shahram Dabiri
Iran wasn’t exactly on my “I Want To Go To There” list before, but Sal and Shah may just change my mind. Sal and his partner Hadie are working to open the country’s first civilian drop zone and would cordially invite you to visit Persia.
Mustache BASE 2014 by Mara Schmid, hussymag.com
The funnest looking BASE boogie we’ll ever be totally unqualified to join.
A peek into the actual BASE logbook of the legend Douggs, basedreams.com.
It’s not a conspiracy that we print so many of Norman Kent’s photos or anything, he just makes it so freaking easy with so many amazing photos from so many places. Caroline E. Layne’s first helicopter is frozen in time this month.
Skydive Balaton & Tora Tora Helicamp 2014 by Max Heidenfelder
Hungary was already on my “I Want To Go To There” list and Max’s honest DZ review moved it up a notch or two.
Make: Custom-Molded Sugru Earbuds by Tiago “Quase” Seiler
I love Sugru and have been searching for someone to do an Instructable-type something with the stuff. Quase originally posted this on reddit and I pounced, bringing it to print for your page-tearing-out-as-reference pleasure
Personal Responsibility by Terry Wahlen
Not as exciting a term as some others, but probably the most important one. You can’t look sexy in a coffin.
How to Not Hate Skydiving by James La Barrie, amazethecustomer.com
DZOs and anyone who works at a drop zone: READ THIS. Or, get burnt out and hate the most glorious sport in the world. Your choice.
And the Sky Is Still There by Sydney Owen
Sydney’s latest “From the Other Side: Tales of a Former N00b” is all about priorities. The sky is rad; even radder because it’s not going anywhere any time soon.
World Meet Hiccups by Kurt Gaebel, National Skydiving League
Some constructive criticism from an impartial observer of the latest World Meet. Thank Kurt for saying what needs to be said!
Turbine-Erotic Asphyxiation by the Fuckin’ Pilot
Pilot, I know you know where the term “pillow biter” comes from.
Back in the Day by Melanie Curtis, melaniecurtis.com
Ah, back in the day, when we didn’t care how un-matchy our jumpsuits were or how we ranked in the world. Melanie goes there for Nationals.
SkyGod answers some questions, and some non-question questions.