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Friday Freakout: AFF Gone Wrong - Parachute Snags On Helmet Camera

Friday Freakout: AFF Gone Wrong - Parachute Snags ...

Another example of how an unprotected camera mounted on a helmet can become a snag hazard. Kudos to Alan for holding on to the bridle — I think that slowed things down just enough for Paula to release the helmet (using the stock chin strap buckle) as the bag was coming out of the container!... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Almost Entangles With Reserve Deployment On His Back

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Almost Entangles With Re...

Line twists aren’t much fun. Neither is a reserve deployment when you’re on your back — but it sure is great to have a parachute over your head as quickly as possible. Something tells me this could’ve been worse if he had a rear-facing GoPro mounted on the back of his helmet. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Scary Parachute Entanglement With Helmet / Ring Sight. Live And Learn!

Friday Freakout: Scary Parachute Entanglement With...

A poorly stowed brake line catches on the ring sight of Jeff’s helmet. Unable to clear the entanglement, he cuts away his main canopy without attempting to cutaway his helmet first, which is still securely attached to his head. Luckily the helmet rips off — it should have broken his neck. Welcome to the less-than-9-lives... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Nearly Fatal "Shoulder Stand" BASE Jump Accident

Friday Freakout: Nearly Fatal "Shoulder Stand" BAS...

I don’t mean to sound like Captain Obvious, but I’d say this was a really bad idea. This botched 2-way “shoulder stand” BASE jump turns into a 2-way parachute entanglement and a thud. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Scary Parachute Entanglement Around Legs!!!

Friday Freakout: Scary Parachute Entanglement Arou...

A skydiver flips onto his back mid-deployment, which leads to a whole mess of lines entangled around his legs — and likely a dirty pair of underwear. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Watch how this all unfolds… Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: High Speed Parachute Malfunction Turns Into Two-Out

Friday Freakout: High Speed Parachute Malfunction ...

A pilot chute in tow turns into a two-out scenario when the RSL gets caught up. Despite the situation, our friend Stami manages to keep both of his handles like a boss! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Really Bad Day = Hard Opening, AAD Fire, Landing Two Entangled Parachutes

Friday Freakout: Really Bad Day = Hard Opening, AA...

A hard opening sucks. Period. A hard opening followed by an AAD fire and a messy two-out just as you’re coming in on final is less than ideal. Talk about a bad day. What would you do: cutaway or…? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: WTF?! Mangled Malfunction...

Friday Freakout: WTF?! Mangled Malfunction...

If there’s anything worse than exiting a plane at 8,500 feet and pulling by 7,000 feet, it’s having to play cat’s cradle with your lines as your parachute dives towards the earth. Therese managed to get the lines on both left risers around everything else, resulting in this mangled malfunction and many expletives. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Scary Bridle Wrap Around Camera!

Friday Freakout: Scary Bridle Wrap Around Camera!

You know how people say cameras are a snag hazard? Yup, that just happened. At least they held the dock. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Entangled With Parachute Lines On Opening

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Entangled With Parachute...

Unfortunately I don’t have the full story or full footage of this incident, but it looks like this skydiver’s arm gets caught under his riser/lines while deploying his parachute. Anyone want to take a guess at what caused this? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Terrifying Cutaway Entanglement

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Terrifying Cuta...

If you can land safely after a cutaway that involves your reserve getting entangled with your main canopy and lines flying everywhere, I’d say that’s a good reason to crack a beer, change your underwear and call it a day. This mess happened to my friend (aptly nicknamed) Mali. Not only did her reserve entangle... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Student's Pilot Chute Wraps Around Camera!

Friday Freakout: Student's Pilot Chute Wraps Aroun...

Well this makes for one hell of an exciting AFF Level 2 jump, and serves as a friendly reminder that ANY camera on your helmet can be a snag hazard, not just a GoPro. In this case, the student’s pilot chute wraps around her instructor’s “traditional” camera as she deploys. Luckily she notices what’s going... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bad BASE Exit = Terrifying Bridle Wrap

Friday Freakout: Bad BASE Exit = Terrifying Bridle...

As the saying goes, timing is everything… especially in BASE when your life depends on it. I’m sure this wasn’t his best exit; in fact, it was probably the most terrifying exit of his life. But he lived to tell the story. Don’t do this, live and learn, and stay alive. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 50+ Canopy Cluster F*ck = WRAP!

Friday Freakout: 50+ Canopy Cluster F*ck = WRAP!

I don’t know anything about paratrooper / military jumps, so I can’t comment on the exit separation (or lack thereof) and the ensuing cluster f*ck of 50+ canopies, canopy wrap and impact. But I do know I would pay ANYTHING to jump out of that plane! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Paralyzing Collision

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Paralyzing Coll...

Stupid DOES hurt (a little too much in this case). Videographer Tim gets too close to “Origami Flying Mofo” and a nasty canopy wrap ensues. Origami Mofo cuts away, but Tim’s not done yet — his lines entangle the reserve, which turns into a blue ball of nylon. Tim impacts a cornfield, breaking his pelvis,... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Freak Accident Leads To Cutaway

Friday Freakout: Freak Accident Leads To Cutaway

Guru Khalsa is the victim of a freak accident. The excess brake line gets tangled with his slider stow ball, causing a fast spin and eventually a cutaway. Releasing the right toggle may have fixed the problem, but who knows. At least he’s alive and he found out his reserve works. More importantly, he’s really... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute In Tow + Reserve Entanglement!

Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute In Tow + Reserve Enta...

Now this is how you retrieve your main after a cutaway!! You know you’re having a bad day when you cutaway from a pilot chute in tow and your bridle still wants to play. It gets WAY more interesting when he tows in his main! Whew! If only he re-packed it on the ride down. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: INSANE - Parachute Wraps Around Helicopter!!!

Friday Freakout: INSANE - Parachute Wraps Around H...

Holy shitballs, Batman! I just soiled myself. Nothin’ like your bridle and d-bag wrapping around the strut of a helicopter to spice up a heli jump. Things get even spicier once the canopy starts to inflate. Scary stuff like this can be avoided with something as simple a gear checks. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR GEAR. If... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Wrap With Freefly Tube... Woooooo!

Friday Freakout: Parachute Wrap With Freefly Tube....

What would Simon Bones say if he got his parachute wrapped up in a freefly tube? If you guessed, “wooooo………… wooooo!”, you win a prize (the prize being a clean cutaway, of course). Thanks for sharing, Bones. Not quite sure what the lesson is here, but he sure was relaxed about the situation. For the... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bridle Wrap, Wingsuit Rodeo Goes Wrong

Friday Freakout: Bridle Wrap, Wingsuit Rodeo Goes ...

What could possibly go wrong with a wingsuit rodeo — if it doesn’t work out, you just fall off the wingsuit and business as usual, right? Think again. Remember, wingsuits have large burbles. Here’s what can happen if you pitch while on the back of a wingsuit, not to mention the extra pucker factor of... Watch Video »