The night of this shoot I was pretty certain I was losing my sanity and making a world-class mistake—the type of mistake that would make me consider not drinking, laying off the horse tranquilizers, and re-examining my lifestyle. As I roll up to the airport to pick up another badass to interview, I get a text from my soon-to-be-passenger, confirming I’m at the right gate and letting me know they’re out front. Keep in mind, I’ve never met this person face to face before. I look up from his last text and, just as expected, I see a badass famous skydiver standing on the curb with gear bags and a big smile.
Everything is great, right? Well, the problem was this wasn’t the badass legend I thought I’d been talking to for weeks and months planning for this interview. Well, shit! This could get interesting. I’m in my car, ten feet away from this guy and totally perplexed. It would be like thinking you were picking up Magic Johnson, and you see Larry Bird standing there.
After a few seconds trying to figure out the next move, the actual subject of this interview walks out of the terminal. What are fucking odds? Two world-class skydivers, flying in from two separate places, for two separate and unrelated events, on the same pickup curb at an airport in Dallas?
You may remember the drill by now, but the idea of this series is to introduce you to a badass in our sport, while trying to focus more on who they are as people instead of on the sparkle of their skydiving resume. For a second there I thought I would get to accidentally introduce you guys to Jeff Provenzano; however, I’m happy to bring you an interview with one of the godfathers of modern swooping, one of the best wingsuit pilots in the world, and a guy who for a long time was easily identified by his mohawk (before mohawks were “in”). When I first heard of him everybody called him JayMo, but I will introduce him to you, as he introduced himself to me: Jason Moledzki.
Zach: Where did you start off in this world, and where have you called home over the course of your life?
Jason: I was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived there for the first half of my life. I’ve been in Florida for most of the time since then.
What is the best way to really piss you off?
Littering! People with a lack of awareness of their surrounding and not taking care of the planet.
Outside of skydiving and BASE, what do you do for fun?
I love music. I listen to music 6-8 hours a day. I love riding motorcycles, surfing, visionary art and studying the human condition.
What do you do to bring home the bacon?
I teach people how to swoop! <laughs> I started Flight-1 with my teammates from the PD Factory Team back in 2006. It has grown exponentially since then and has become the leader in canopy-piloting education from basic instruction, through to being the leader in Special Forces [and] all-group training for all different branches of the military.
Did you always want to work in the skydiving industry?
I had no idea that I was going to be a skydiver. I went to make a jump on a Saturday morning like a lot of people do. I immediately took a 90-degree turn and my life headed off in a direction that I didn’t anticipate. It only took a couple of years before I left my career of almost a decade and followed the path of being a professional skydiver.
What was the career you left?
I was an elevator technician. I had a good job that paid well. I was a blue-collar worker who knew how to fix stuff.
Nobody is a badass at everything. What do you suck at?
Patience is something that I am working on. Lying! I am a very bad liar.
>> Read the rest of the interview in the March 2016 issue of Blue Skies Mag. <<
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