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Friday Freakout: Downwind Swoop Fail. When In Doubt, Hit The Water... Hard.

Friday Freakout: Downwind Swoop Fail. When In Doub...

As the saying goes, “if the windsock has a hard on, someone’s getting f***ed.” I might be stating the obvious, but am I the only one who thinks this guy should be teaching a canopy course? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver's Hands Get Stuck In Line Twists!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver's Hands Get Stuck In Lin...

My friend Felipe got himself into a stucky situation. While attempting to stall his canopy, it spins up and his hands get caught in tight line twists! Luckily his gloves didn’t make the situation any worse, or did they? Do you ever jump with gloves? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: How NOT To Exit A Plane In Wingsuit

Friday Freakout: How NOT To Exit A Plane In Wingsu...

Not the most graceful way to exit a plane in a wingsuit, although it doesn’t help if your foot gets caught on the step :( Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiving Student Spins Out Of Control

Friday Freakout: Skydiving Student Spins Out Of Co...

All students are taught to arch. ARCH! Yet, from time to time, this doesn’t work so well. This skydiving student ends up on his back, spinning like a top. Fun times. How well did your AFF Level 3 go? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: NO PILOT CHUTE... BASE Jumper Miraculously Survives!

Friday Freakout: NO PILOT CHUTE... BASE Jumper Mir...

After 1,500 BASE jumps and 5,000 skydives, Jimmy Pouchert — co-founder of Apex BASE — had come the closest he’s ever been to dying due to a simple yet deadly oversight in his routine gear check. Here’s the backstory and details about the incident in Jimmy’s own words: “This is the closest I’ve ever come... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: The WTF-Wingsuit-Rodeo-Flyby-Canopy-Wrap-Double-Cutaway Malfunction

Friday Freakout: The WTF-Wingsuit-Rodeo-Flyby-Cano...

I know we all make mistakes, but if skydivers like this are sharing the same airspace as the rest of us, they should at least be wearing home arrest-style ankle bracelets so we can keep track of them in the sky. The madness all starts off with a botched wingsuit rodeo, which turns into a... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiving Collision CLOSE Call

Friday Freakout: Skydiving Collision CLOSE Call

Wow, that was way too close for comfort! Kenneth and his friend narrowly miss each other in what could’ve been a nasty crash while flying head down in Sweden. But thanks to the fetal position, they were both lucky this time — unlike these other guys who followed through on their mid-air collision. 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: Skydiver’s Parachute Collapses At 40 Feet!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver’s Parachute Collapses ...

When your canopy collapses somewhere below 50 feet and you can stand it up (more or less), I’m gonna say that’s a good day. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Survives Cliff Strike

Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Survives Cliff Strike

A cliff strike while BASE jumping can really mess up your day, especially when it ends with a broken pelvis followed by 9 months of recovery. While “always wear protective gear” is never a bad idea, I think the take-away from this incident is to practice tracking off a more forgiving exit point and always... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: When Parachutes Collide… Almost.

Friday Freakout: When Parachutes Collide… Almost...

Unless you’re into CRW, the purpose of tracking away at break-off is to gain horizontal separation so that you DO NOT collide with your friends on opening (or come close enough that you soil your pants). When in doubt, blame the booties ;) Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Altitude Awareness Fail, Double Cypres Fire

Friday Freakout: Altitude Awareness Fail, Double C...

If you can’t be bothered to check your alti at least once or don’t notice ground rush below 1,000 feet, then you should sell your rig and take up bowling or knitting. Unfortunately there’s no cure for stupid, but luckily there are AADs, and the double Cypres fire is what saved both of their asses.... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Spins Into Trees

Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Spins Into Trees

This BASE jumper’s canopy spins up on opening, which takes him a bit lower than he’d like and he ends up in the trees. It almost looks like he could’ve made it over the trees on his right side, but I’m just a spectator in this situation and hindsight is 20/20. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hangs From Plane By Seatbelt!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hangs From Plane By Seat...

Although this may not be part of your “standard” gear check, please take the time to make sure you’re not connected to the aircraft by your seatbelt before you exit — especially when your friends are telling you to “STOP!” At least it wasn’t an instructor hanging from the plane like this other incident. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Survives 400 ft. Impact, Like Wile E. Coyote

Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Survives 400 ft. Impa...

This video seems out of a Chuck Jones cartoon of the Roadrunner and the Coyote, but it’s real. It happened in Konakova, Russia. A BASE jumper jumps off the top of a 400-foot (120 meter) electric tower, but his parachute fails. Miraculously, he survived the fall thanks to the powdered snow below. He broke his... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: AFF Student Spins Like A Top

Friday Freakout: AFF Student Spins Like A Top

As students, we’re all taught to arch, ARch, ARCH! Unfortunately that doesn’t work so well for this guy. He ends up on his back, spinning like a top. Or maybe he just couldn’t wait to start back flying. After all, it was his fourth jump (AFF Level 4). How did you fourth jump go? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Another Wild Parachute Wrap

Friday Freakout: Another Wild Parachute Wrap

What starts out as a solid 4-stack CRW (canopy relative work) rotation by Team Hypoxia quickly turns into four good friends trying to kill each other in another wild parachute wrap. Surprisingly, this mess only resulted in one cutaway. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collision

Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collisio...

At 60 MPH (about 100 km/h), the crunching sound of this gnarly parachute collision is like watching a car crash… minus the airbags and bumpers. I’m sure both of these skydivers wish they’d tracked just a little bit further apart for more separation. Remember to keep your head up, eyes open, and cover yourself with... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Stuffs Parachute Down Chest After Pilot Chute In Tow Malfunction!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Stuffs Parachute Down Ch...

A reserve ride after a pilot chute in tow turns into a sketchy two-out scenario, leaving this skydiver to think quickly: land the two-out, cutaway the main, or… stuff the inflating main parachute down his chest strap to keep it put? He opts for the latter! Now, let’s play some trivia. With a pilot chute... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 2 Skydivers Knocked Out From Collision, Saved By Cypres!

Friday Freakout: 2 Skydivers Knocked Out From Coll...

This situation escalates quickly, from a simple angle jump to two skydivers being knocked out in freefall. The girl in the white jumpsuit loses control and hits another skydiver in the back of the head/neck. She gets knocked out for the duration of the jump and is saved by her Cypres. The “victim” also gets... Watch Video »