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Friday Freakout: Low Clouds, No Outs, and Power Lines! Surprise!

Friday Freakout: Low Clouds, No Outs, and Power Li...

As a skydiver, chances are you’ve probably jumped through clouds (never on purpose, of course). But here’s the thing about clouds, those bad boys can be dirty low and really thick sometimes. This video is filled with all kinds of lessons. Clouds, horrible selection of outs, power lines, and object fixation, OH MY! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Swooping Fails (And Wins)

Friday Freakout: Swooping Fails (And Wins)

This starts off with the bad and ends with the good. A compilation of swooping fails, followed by some pretty impressive canopy flying without all the carnage. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Paratrooper Tree Landing. Pucker Factor: 10!

Friday Freakout: Paratrooper Tree Landing. Pucker ...

POV footage of a paratrooper being “off-dropped” in a less-than-ideal location. Nothing says pucker factor than the fear of a pine tree up the tail! His reaction is priceless. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Line Twists

Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Line Twists

As if dealing with more line twists after cutting away wasn’t a nuisance, (possibly) losing your Velo 111 main and shattering your camera lens makes for an all-around expensive day of jumping. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Premature Opening... On A Big Way Record?!

Friday Freakout: Premature Opening... On A Big Way...

Konstantine had a premature opening during Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest 2013. The only problem… he was supposed to be in the base for the Illinois State Head-Up big way formation record! No worries though, Rook Nelson pulls a “put me in coach” and saves the day. They got the record on the first jump the next... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiving Helicopter Crash

Friday Freakout: Skydiving Helicopter Crash

We’ve all seen how scary it is to have a parachute wrap around the strut of a helicopter. Yikes. Well here’s the unfortunate end result of a canopy that wraps around a helicopter’s tail rotor. Anyone know more details about this incident? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: The Excitement Of A Step-Through Malfunction

Friday Freakout: The Excitement Of A Step-Through ...

Oh, that lovely moment during deployment when you look up and say, “FACK!” A step-through malfunction is guaranteed to make any deployment more interesting. Good job on staying calm, considering it was his first cutaway. Maybe revisit some packing principles though… or your packer! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jump Crash Into A Tree

Friday Freakout: BASE Jump Crash Into A Tree

Sweet wingsuit BASE jump by Dallas BASE Crew member, Brad Perkins. Not-so-sweet landing… right into a tree. A high tree! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Passes Out, Wakes Up Seconds Before Impact!!!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Passes Out, Wakes Up Sec...

Not entirely sure what happened here, but it looks like this skydiver passed out shortly after exit, then woke up and deployed only seconds before impact. And his buddy had quite the hard landing as a result of his low pull too. Anyone else have an explanation for this? Or was this hypoxia or an... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Close Call, Near Canopy Collision

Friday Freakout: Close Call, Near Canopy Collision

Just because you’ve never had a close call after break-off, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. This video is a perfect example of why tracking and separation is essential on every skydive. Especially on tracking jumps when it can be even more unclear where to go to get that separation you need. Up the altitude for... 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: Tracking Over A Plane In Freefall

Friday Freakout: Tracking Over A Plane In Freefall

I’d say tracking away at break-off and seeing another plane in the same airspace only a few hundred feet away makes for an exciting skydive. However, not quite as exciting as this other skydiver who literally almost hits a plane. 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: The Human Projectile! (Close Call Collision)

Friday Freakout: The Human Projectile! (Close Call...

This is what a human projectile looks like — it’s heavy, it’s fast, and it won’t stop for anyone. Take notes and don’t do this, especially if you only have 65 jumps like this guy. Slow is fast. And in case you’re wondering, here’s what a real mid-air collision looks like. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Demo Jump Fail - Skydiver Hits Stage

Friday Freakout: Demo Jump Fail - Skydiver Hits St...

Nothing better than jumping into a tight space with a lot of spectators to get your blood pumpin’ and ego soarin’, AMIRIGHT? The cheering! The kids! The autographs! The free drinks! It’s all glitz and glamor when you land that beautiful nylon wing — unless you’re this character, of course. Watch as this jumper slides... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Low Hook Turn, Bounce, Broken Ankle

Friday Freakout: Low Hook Turn, Bounce, Broken Ank...

In Soviet Russia, ground swoops you! For those of you paying attention, don’t do this! Low hook turn, bad. Broken ankle, bad. Teaching yourself to swoop, bad. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Swooping Fails... Many Fails.

Friday Freakout: Swooping Fails... Many Fails.

“This is Sparta SoFPiDaRF!” Pull them strings, people. It’s a good thing these guys were swooping over water, cuz the ground wouldn’t have been so friendly. Ouch. Take the time to learn swooping safely — seriously. Oooor just trust your rears and never give up the gates. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Self-Induced Step-Through Malfunction + Cutaway

Friday Freakout: Self-Induced Step-Through Malfunc...

Surprise! You just packed yourself a malfunction before your canopy even opened. Go ahead and cutaway… that step-through isn’t going to fix itself the longer you wait. 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: Parachute Stalls At 250 Feet. Yowsah!

Friday Freakout: Parachute Stalls At 250 Feet. Yow...

It’s never fun when you’re close to the ground and your parachute is still there but suddenly not square — especially around 250 feet! However, no real freakout from this skydiver, but I’d wonder what was going on in his head. Safe landing in the end, but yeah, yowsah! ~Mel Watch Video »