Posts Tagged ‘wingsuiting’

New & Updated Skydiving Sites

Do you know what the differences are between the T/R/S/X-Bird wingsuits? Thanks to their newly launched TonySuit Wingsuits site you can get all the details with some great pictures. It is a very welcome update from their main site that didn’t have much information about the new line of wingsuits. Be sure to check out the gallery, and the headless escape sleeves… love that picture :) Take a gander at the site, some great information and explanations of all the different features of the wingsuits.

A new venture I recently learned about Skydive TV has posted their first episode online, congrats! It was great to watch as I wasn’t able to attend the Skydive Expo in DeLand, and they have some neat coverage and interviews from the Expo. Thanks for the efforts of spreading news and coverage, I hope the project takes off and continues to build momentum. I think it’s a great idea, anything that helps promote the sport! Could also be a great potential for dropzones and events to help spread the word about what’s going on in their little corner of the world.

And of course I have to mention the newly renovated Skydive Pepperell site that Darin and I just launched! All the feedback we’ve gotten so far is very positive, I’m glad everyone enjoys it! We’ve put a lot of work into it, and I think it was worth it :) There’s some cool features already online, and we’ve got plans on expanding on what’s there and continuing to make it even better. Take a look around if you haven’t had the pleasure of checking it out yet. We’ve got a new calendar online that you can subscribe to keep up to date, a nifty spotting calculator that generates exit and open spots based on forecast data all automatically.

What new or updated sites have you found out there? Give a shout…

Just Go Skydiving

The sun is shining, the water is receding… the 2010 skydiving season is upon us!

I was asked recently what my goals were for this skydiving season, and I honestly found myself saying “I’m not sure”. Last season was a straight line goal to get into a wingsuit, it was a goal up front and always on my mind. I found myself having to really think about this season.

I want to vastly improve my wingsuit skills obviously, but do I want to bring to the burner other objectives that I past on last season? The biggest one that comes to mind is working towards getting my coach rating. It was nearing the end of the season when I was putting serious thought into enrolling in a coach course, and if it wouldn’t have been postponed I probably would have gone through with it :) But as the time grew closer I had to make the decision to pull back from the coach course. I subscribe to the philosophy in skydiving of KISS (keep it simple stupid). In short I didn’t want to be learning a whole new dicipline (wingsuiting) at the same time I would be going through the coach course.

Darin introduced me to a simple test coach dive and it made me realize I had work to do if for no other reason that to be satisfied with my own level of coaching ability. It was a fun jump and I smiled and laughed as he demonstrated a comet-trail track as a simulated student at the end of the dive. I found the hardest part for me was recognizing and providing feedback on the student’s body position that attributed to their performance on the dive. What body part was doing what to induce an unwanted behavior?

After a few hundred jumps I don’t find myself having to think about how to get my body to do what I need it to do in freefall, if I need to side slide into position, I just do it. Having to witness a manuever of a student and analyze it wasn’t as second nature as “just do it”.  Do I think I could grow that skill enough to be an effective coach for a student? Yes, but at a cost. Mainly being that I would have to seriously split my time in the air instead of keeping that wingsuit attached to my rig 100% of the time. I was very current at the end of the season, whereas now I need time to build up my freefall skills back to what they were.

2009 Skydiving Season

What a year 2009 has been… A year ago today I had only 10 jumps under my belt and still had no idea what I was doing in the sky lol. I’ve gone from AFF grunt to learning the ropes in RW camps, become a tracking machine, and taken flight in a wingsuit clocking 240 jumps!! Along my journey of discovering and learning the world of skydiving there have been a lot of people that have been there to help me succeed and sometimes help push me that extra bit when I needed it 😉

First off thanks goes out to Fran and all the manifest crew for their hard work running Skydive Pepperell, and to Don for keeping so many of us in the air through all the repacks and gear issues solved throughout the year!

I would like to take a moment to remember a Pepperell family member that is no longer with us, Steve Harrington. Flock University posted a great tribute online. Standing room only at Steve’s memorial service was a testament to how many lives Steve touched. You will be missed Steve, fly free!

Dreamt of Flight

A little more than a year ago if you asked me if I could see myself leaping from airplanes and soaring through the sky like a bird I would have been the first to laugh. Who would have known that Sept 7th, 2008 would be the beginning of my journey to wingsuiting!!

I have always dreamt of flying like a bird, and on October 4th, 2009 it became reality! With the instruction and guidance from Justin Shorb I strapped on the Tony Intro Wingsuit and began a new found journey in skydiving that I can’t even begin to describe how much fun it is. I think from the number of comments I got about my huge smile after each jump people understand :)

Enjoy some video from my first flights…

Many thanks to all those in my skydiving career that have helped me get here!