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Friday Freakout: Snag Hazard, Horseshoe Malfunction, Hell No!

Friday Freakout: Snag Hazard, Horseshoe Malfunctio...

At a dropzone somewhere in Middle Earth, one skydiver did pitch his pilot chute through a loop of shock cord on his jacket. Holy horsehoe, Batman! With his reserve pilot chute entangled in the risers and the canopy turning, he makes a heroic effort to straighten it out before landing. We love happy endings to... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Swooper Bounces, Goes Boom.

Friday Freakout: Swooper Bounces, Goes Boom.

The thing with gravity is that she just can’t wait to introduce you to her friend — the ground. You know how hard it is to be introduced to new people, too fast. It’s hard. Very hard. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Failed Swoop, Skydiver Pounds Into Pond

Friday Freakout: Failed Swoop, Skydiver Pounds Int...

Remember the SoFPiDaRF rules, people: safety third! At first I thought this is what a pond swoop was supposed to look like. Turns out I was wrong. If only he was half a second earlier, it would’ve been an epic swoop! Ok, more like 4 seconds. D’you see what happens when you use toggles? :p Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: AFF Student's Pilot Chute In Tow

Friday Freakout: AFF Student's Pilot Chute In Tow

I’m not exactly sure how many jumps this AFF student had prior to this one, but it doesn’t matter, a pilot chute in tow is a scary malfunction for any skydiver. You know it’s a bad situation when you’re instructor screams “oh fuck!” The unstable deployment surely didn’t help, but it seems the bridle got... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Mr. Bill Malfunction. Don't Do This!

Friday Freakout: Mr. Bill Malfunction. Don't Do Th...

A Mr. Bill with inexperienced jumpers can go wrong really fast — like getting wrapped up in your pilot chute and bridle right out the door. Take notes… don’t do this! I’m sure it sounded like a good idea at the time. What could possibly go wrong? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Premature Opening On Big Way. Not Cool.

Friday Freakout: Premature Opening On Big Way. Not...

This 30-way formation skydive became a 29-way after a premature deployment right after exiting the lead plane. He didn’t have a chance to wave off, so his friend waved off for him. Well, it was more like a wave goodbye, but it’s the thought that counts. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Opening Parachute Hits Instructor In The Face!

Friday Freakout: Opening Parachute Hits Instructor...

Sometimes when a situation takes a downward spiral, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. One of these skydiving instructors keeps his hands on the student. Good call. The other instructor takes a set of lines to the face instead. Not such a good call. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Paratrooper Hangs From Plane By Parachute

Friday Freakout: Paratrooper Hangs From Plane By P...

Imagine jumping out of a pickup truck on the freeway, skidding to a slow grind, just before the rope tethering you to it snaps tight and jolts you to a halt. That’s pretty much what this trooper was feeling as he got hung up on his static line. With lines wrapped around his gear and... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -- MUST SEE

Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -...

There’s so much OMGWTF in this video, I don’t even know where to start, so let’s take it from the top. Stable exit and flying? Nope. Tracking at break-off? Nope. Canopy collision? Of course. Cutaway? Definitely (at least he threw both handles away ;-). Wearing cameras? Fuck yeah! Mario Galvan and Jose de Ines are... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Explodes In Half. Aww, Shitty.

Friday Freakout: Parachute Explodes In Half. Aww, ...

Aww, shitty. Don’t you just hate when your parachute explodes in half! I’m not entirely sure why he chopped though. I mean, it’s there, it’s square (sort of), and can probably flare. Wouldn’t you try to land this? (that’s a rhetorical question) Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Dirty Low Pull + PC Fumble = Tree Landing

Friday Freakout: Dirty Low Pull + PC Fumble = Tree...

Who needs a parachute when you can land in trees?! After all, Gary Connery landed his wingsuit without a parachute into cardboard boxes, so what’s the big deal? But seriously, this BASE jumper was lucky to end up where he did — stuck between a rock, a tree and and a hard place. Fumbling your... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Trapped Altimeter, Hard One-Handed Landing

Friday Freakout: Trapped Altimeter, Hard One-Hande...

Some days things just don’t go your way. This poor skydiver was having one of those bad days. First, the freefly tube was spinning him around like a top. Then, his altimeter gets trapped in his risers on deployment. And finally, he steers one-handed and lands super hard in a ditch. In a situation like... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crazy Cliff Strike. Not Once, But TWICE!

Friday Freakout: Crazy Cliff Strike. Not Once, But...

Seeing as this is a BASE jump, it’s a pretty short jump and canopy ride. But try telling that to the BASE jumper after bashing himself into a wall not once, but TWICE! That shit’s gotta hurt. Ouch. Not something we advise trying — ever. But good on ‘em for keeping his cool and (we... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 3 Parachutes + 1 Skydiver = Nasty CRW Wrap

Friday Freakout: 3 Parachutes + 1 Skydiver = Nasty...

Man, you can never have too much nylon! Too right! And not only does he survive being wrapped up in three canopies (including his reserve), but he steers that mess with his right hand and his left foot to land safely in a field. True story. What a BADASS! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute Catches On Plane. Watch Your Handles!

Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute Catches On Plane. Wat...

Another visual reminder to watch your handles in the plane! This skydiver’s pilot chute gets caught on the inside of the skyvan door. Luckily it wasn’t a caravan or otter where the parachute can get caught on the tail of the plane, like this guy. Watch your HANDLES! Watch YOUR handles! WATCH YOUR HANDLES! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Collision In Freefall

Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Co...

Videos like this don’t usually exist. The reason? Most people would be dead after hitting a canopy in freefall. The upper guy struck the lower guy with both hands on his way by in freefall. I’ve posted some collision close calls in the past, but this is as close as it gets and still living... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Rollover Goes Really, Really Bad

Friday Freakout: BASE Rollover Goes Really, Really...

It turns out doing a rollover off a bridge CAN be hazardous to your health. Luckily water is good for your health, especially when it breaks your fall. Watch Video »
[#SFW] Friday Freakout: Snappy Head Down Premature Opening

[#SFW] Friday Freakout: Snappy Head Down Premature...

Usually milestone jumps are the exciting ones, you know, 100, 500, etc. This one is close to 800, but turned out jump number 790 at Summerfest was the one for the YouTube posterity — a snappy head down premature opening. Check your gear before every jump! ~Mel Video by Daniel Croft. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Breaks Leg. Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Breaks Leg. Snap! Crackl...

Getting femured sucks, especially when you’re not even swooping. If you’re going to play chicken with the earth, just remember that it will win. Every time. What exactly happened here? Did he grab his front risers too low? Discuss. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Reserve Malfunction? Rip It Out... Literally!

Friday Freakout: Reserve Malfunction? Rip It Out.....

Whether you’re a skydiver or BASE jumper, PCA (Pilot Chute Assist) deployments can be fun. But it kinda sucks when you have to manually extract your reserve because it’s stuck in the container. I think the silver lining is that he was already on his back, which made it easier to spot the malfunction and... Watch Video »