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Friday Freakout: Parachute Opens, Catches On Plane Tail

Friday Freakout: Parachute Opens, Catches On Plane...

As the saying goes, “Plan the jump and jump the plan.” But sometimes a jump just doesn’t go according to plan. Like when your parachute deploys in the door and wraps around the tail of the plane, tossing you around like a puppet on strings. This video, as well as the premature parachute opening on... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Angry Birds vs. Paraglider

Friday Freakout: Angry Birds vs. Paraglider

Don’t you hate it when you’re paragliding through the Indian Himalayas and a couple of real-life angry birds come along and mess your shit up? I sure do. But this Ruskie handles it like a champ. After a reserve ride and hard landing, all is well. Even the “angry bird” survives. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Surprise!... Canopy Collision

Friday Freakout: Surprise!... Canopy Collision

Losing your helmet in freefall is never fun (watch closely at the 0:03 mark). Neither is a canopy collision/wrap immediately after dumping your main. This video is from the good ‘ol days — 1989 — back when, apparently, tracking away at break-off was only a suggestion. Oh well, nice video. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Synchronized Swooping Fail

Friday Freakout: Synchronized Swooping Fail

A brilliant display of synchronized swooping. “Just flare when I flare… biff when I biff.” Great team work guys; real friends stick together to the very end. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Almost Hits Plane

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Almost Hits Plane

Skydivers and planes go together like parachutes and gravity… except when planes fly along jump run when it’s time to pull. It’s a good thing parachutes and gravity still work well together, because that’s the only thing stopping this guy from hitting the plane in freefall. Have you ever had a close call like this... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Dumb and Dumber, Dirty Low Pull

Friday Freakout: Dumb and Dumber, Dirty Low Pull

This is ninety seconds of dumb and dumber. At least he realized how dumb this was and hopefully learned from it. In other news, I’ve heard AADs save lives, and rumor has it that flaring helps for soft landings. I still think this insane dirty low pull is the lowest I’ve ever seen — it’s... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Catches Fire, Goes BOOM!

Friday Freakout: Parachute Catches Fire, Goes BOOM...

Legendary skydive cinematographer Joe Jennings was asked to coordinate a burning parachute stunt for a music video. Normally they soak the parachute in gasoline and build an ignition switch. But the first attempt didn’t work, so they added gun powder and closed off the front cells to prevent the fuel from drying out too quickly.... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: GoPro Camera Catches On Reserve Handle

Friday Freakout: GoPro Camera Catches On Reserve H...

Don’t get me wrong, I love GoPro! But GoPro cameras and metal handles don’t play nice with each other — especially when freeflying. Yet another reminder to watch those GoPros and protect your handles. On the bright side, at least she didn’t lose her reserve handle. What’s your take on GoPros and/or metal handles? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Double Malfunction Crash

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Double Malfunct...

Mike Holmes survived a nasty double malfunction at Taupo Tandem Skydiving in New Zealand, making a nauseating thud as he hit the ground at 70+ MPH. His intense footage aired on the Today Show shortly after his accident in December 2006. I’m not sure that luckily landing in a plump patch of blackberry bushes helped... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Crashes Into Paraglider

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Crashes Into Paraglider

This is crazysauce! A skydiver crashes into a paraglider while tracking over a beach in Oludeniz, Turkey. I’m not sure I agree with blaming the skydiver or the paraglider; I think the mistake here was sharing airspace in the first place, but some of you might feel differently. What do you think? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiving Nutshot

Friday Freakout: Skydiving Nutshot

I’m not sure what’s worse: taking a nutshot on a hybrid-gone-wrong or listening to this high-pitched background music — although it (kind of) suits the situation. At least he still finished the jump. Thanks to Greg Lu for sharing this hilarious clip. Wait for it… Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: AFF Student Loses Both Instructors

Friday Freakout: AFF Student Loses Both Instructor...

Poor Robi Lanana never did a tandem skydive, but Andre Stepsky got video of Robi’s first AFF jump (level 1) at Skydive DeLand, which didn’t exactly go according to plan. Both instructors lose their grip on exit, but luckily he remembered to arch like his life depended on it and the instructors eventually caught his... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crazy Canopy Wrap With Paraglider

Friday Freakout: Crazy Canopy Wrap With Paraglider

Infinity tumbling on a paraglider can be a lot of fun. Especially when you first learn how… until you try one too many tumbles and become gift wrapped in your own canopy. David, you’re one lucky guy; that was quite the mess you were in! Good job on pulling your reserve with your arm caught... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Sit Fly Premature Deployment

Friday Freakout: Sit Fly Premature Deployment

Ansar Mohammed got a nice surprise — a premature deployment — while sit flying with Whit Bakers, Andre Stepsky and Joe “The German” at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. He’s lucky he wasn’t head down when this happened, like this scary head down opening. Yet another reminder to check your pilot chute and closing loop before... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Nasty Horseshoe Malfunction Around Foot

Friday Freakout: Nasty Horseshoe Malfunction Aroun...

Nothing like a nasty horseshoe malfunction wrapping around your foot and ruining your clean pair of underwear at the same time, then cutting away while upside down and landing with the main still in the bag and wrapped around your foot. Now he’ll need a reserve re-pack and a new pair of underwear. Shitty deal... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Mid-Air Collision

Friday Freakout: Mid-Air Collision

This is how accidents happen. Wait for it… wait for it… KAPOW! (insert Batman fight scene caption here). Luckily no morons were hurt during the making of this video — not badly at at least. You have to admit, with miles of open air, he does have pretty good aim. All jokes aside, please be... Watch Video »
Good Freeflying. Not-So-Good Landing.

Good Freeflying. Not-So-Good Landing.

Barliman has a good 2-way freefly skydive, but a not-so-good landing. The cover song for “Ice Ice Baby” makes up for it though, right? Or not. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Paraglider Cheats Death in Moab

Friday Freakout: Paraglider Cheats Death in Moab

The last thing a paraglider wants to see flash before their eyes as they ground launch off a cliff in Moab is their glider. I think the only thing that re-inflated his glider was the warm, moist air that came out of his pants. “Oh f**k. Ohhh, shit. Holy shit” sounds about right. This could’ve... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Low Hook Turn. Bad Idea.

Friday Freakout: Low Hook Turn. Bad Idea.

Don’t try this at home. Initiating a hook turn 100 feet lower than normal will get you a broken femur, a nice piece of titanium and a few screws in your leg. And if you do attempt to pull off a stunt like this, you may consider trying it at the end of the summer…... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Shit, Meet Fan

Friday Freakout: Shit, Meet Fan

All goes well until it’s time to dump (no pun intended), then shit hits the fan. Pilot chute entanglement. Shit. Reserve pilot chute entanglement. Shit. Reserve freebag entanglement. Shit! Did I mention shit hits the fan? As if his day couldn’t get any worse, watch ’til the very end for the final bit of “oh... Watch Video »