It’s closing in on that time of year again where you have to figure out what to get that special someone who jumps out of planes all the time. Why not grab them a copy of the latest USPA 2014 Calendar! I was fortunate enough to have 2 months this year using photos I took from boogies across the USA. It’s the perfect thing for the office to day dream the day away!
Last weekend I flew out to California to film the California State Vertical Record at Skydive Perris. SoCal Converge (National and World Champs) were hosting the event and invited over a 100 of their closest friends to build a massive formation over the skies of Perris Valley. The first day of the event started off great with 100+ ways as the jumpers were flying their slots but only some were picking up their grips. Then the weather gods decided to not shine on us and Friday & Saturday were weathered out due to clouds. Living in Boston now, I only had the opportunity to get on the first jump of the day on Sunday. Unfortunately they didn’t get it and I was off to fly home along with several of the other jumpers. A few jumps later after many people left and the ax was swung, they narrowed it down to a 64-Way and secured new Cali State Record. Photographer Iwan van der Schoor was still on hand and captured this great shot. I just wish I could have been there to take the photo of it. That said, I did manage to get some great shots over the weekend. Here are a few for you to peak at, but as usual, if you’d like to see the ENTIRE GALLERY, click here.
Looking forward to next time. Thank you SoCal Converge for getting me out there.
Again, if you’d like to see the ENTIRE GALLERY, click here.
I really do love the Canadians! When I went up last year and took some shots of their Canadian Record, the CSPA (Canada’s version of the USPA) decided that they would use some of the record shots to dress up not only their new Membership Cards for 2013, but also some wind blades at the 2013 Canadian Nationals.
Well, that was exciting! I’ve been wanting to cover another Sequentials event with the California guys for years now and we finally made it happen. It all went down in Texas when they transported and rebranded the 8th BIGZ Sequentials 2013 to Houston! Over 40 amazing fliers converged on the DZ and danced away the days in the sky.
THANK YOU MX, Dona, the Mikes, Alana & Stephen for helping make it all happen and inviting me to be a part of it. So glad we can all get together and help do what Robby wanted us to do, push the limits in the sky and do what hasn’t been done before. Can’t wait til next time….
If you want to see ALLLLLL of the images, you can jump right in and see the ENTIRE GALLERY HERE.
Otherwise, here is a sneak peak:
And just a few more that I have to share. Robby’s selfie on my camera the last time I stayed at his house and then him sneaking up under canopy to say hello! Miss you Robby!
When I was on Team Mandrin, one of my teammates for 2 years was Mike Wittenburg. A few years ago Mike along with his wife and 2 kids moved over to Dubai and put skydiving as their main activity. Since the kids weren’t old enough to skydive, they were welcomed into the privately owned Wind Tunnel. As some of you might know, the Crown Prince of Dubai is a very active skydiver and very much responsible for the surge in skydiving activity over in the U.A.E. I was lucky enough to visit them in Dubai earlier this year and saw the kids flying, at the time they were Eight and Six. Mike put this video together for his now Nine year old daughter. Talented doesn’t even begin to describe it. It just goes to show what the no fear attitude of kids coupled with family support and hard training (and a little bit of ice cream) can accomplish.
Sit back, turn up the sound, make it full screen and enjoy what the kids are up to today. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can do next year!
It was my first time up to Rochelle, IL to visit Chicagoland Skydiving Center’s new dropzone. A few years ago they relocated from Hinkley, IL and built and entirely new facility. I have to say that I was blown away by how nice the place was. I guess if you already built a dropzone and had run a successful business for several years and then decided to relocated, you have the perfect opportunity to make things right and exactly how you want them and exactly how they should be. CSC’s vision for their new home was carried out in the execution of building that dream and turning it into a reality, they hit the nail on the head. If you have the opportunity to go for a jump and check out the next big thing in skydiving, I would highly suggest you book your tickets and make it to next year’s Annual 4th of July Independence Boogie at CSC!
To check out all of the pictures from the event click here.
A little while back I went to Elsinore and shot 2 tunnel instructors who were taking the AFF Instructor’s course. One had about 200 jumps and the other had fewer than 50. It was an experiment to see if hundreds of hours of tunnel time could replace hundred of skydives. While I shot the two of the instructors teaching their students, the photos themselves tell the story.
Skydive Mag thought the same thing and create a photo tutorial of some of the shots from that session. Here is that story for you to take in.
If there is one thing that I really love seeing, it’s my photos on the cover of magazines! It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, there’s nothing like it! I still remember the first time I was ON the cover and the first time my SHOT was on the cover. Both were amazing feelings of accomplishment.
So thank you Luna and Blue Skies Mag for making it happen! Looking forward to many, many more!
This shot was taken over Jumptown where as it turned out, was Tube Day there. Click here for some Tube Shots from that day. In the meantime, enjoy the cover and make sure to get your subscription to Blue Skies Mag!!!
Once upon a time, Lesley Gale was the editor at the BPA’s (British Parachute Association) publication, Skydive the Mag. A few years ago she left there having gained many years of experience running a magazine geared towards skydivers, by skydivers and specifically for skydivers. She had a vision of what she wanted in a magazine, but wanted a different venue, a new medium to share the stories that were happening in the industry. As with most forms of print media, she turned to the web and has created a digital outlet for her vision.
SkydiveMag.com was just released a week or two ago and is a new approach at story telling for skydivers. Having had a good working relationship in the past with Lesley, she asked if she could use lots of my shots to help get her online magazine off the ground.
So when you have a chance, take a look at a pictorial of flying over the Palm, or how to do a Wingsuit Rodeo or even how to fly with a tube for that matter. I also have the profile shot for a story that was done on Amy Chmelecki and another story that was done on flying with cameras. So take a look around and enjoy the new magazine. Leave comments, share your thoughts and share some stories online with social media. Be part of the conversation and let me know what you think of this new venture.
At one point over the winter, they called off CarolinaFest. The DZ manager who had been putting on the show for years left for new opportunities and the DZ Owners didn’t want to undertake the event on their own. Well after a rather large outcry from the skydiving community, they canceled their original cancel and it was back on. Turns out the DZO’s were up to the challenge and they put on a hell of a show! For another year running their boogie had some of the best LO’s in the sport and some of the better pick up jumps happening all over the sky.
Thank you guys for deciding it was worth the effort to make happen and thank you for making this event more amazing than ever! Looking forward to the next one!
So with that, here is a little recap of CarolinaFest 2013 that also happened back in June, but hey, who’s counting….