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Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute In Tow Malfunction Scares Skydive Student

Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute In Tow Malfunction Sc...

A pilot chute in tow on AFF Level 7 would scare the hell out of me, too! It looks like a little flailing fixed the situation :) Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Wild Wingsuit Flat Spin & Cutaway

Friday Freakout: Wild Wingsuit Flat Spin & Cutaway

As a new wingsuit pilot with only a few jumps under his belt, Nick experiences a nasty flat spin immediately after exit on this particular jump. He deploys his main on the verge of losing consciousness. He chops his main on the verge of losing bowel control. Nick says he’ll just stick to bowling from... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Malfunction - Is It A Line Over or Tension Knot?

Friday Freakout: Parachute Malfunction - Is It A L...

How long can you wait to cutaway a line over (or was it a tension knot?) before it fixes itself? Apparently this long. Pulling the toggles might have cleared this malfunction, but don’t wait so long to try toggles or follow emergency procedures. 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: Skydiver Survives Nasty Double Parachute Malfunction

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Nasty Double Pa...

Campbell’s nasty double malfunction is the stuff skydivers’ nightmares are made of. It starts off with a pilot chute in tow due to a bridle wrap. He pulls his cutaway and then his reserve, but the main canopy comes out and wraps around his reserve lines due to the dual-sided RSL, which chokes off the... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: How NOT To Pack A Parachute

Friday Freakout: How NOT To Pack A Parachute

When you pay for a pack job, the last thing you’d expect is a step-through and a misrouted toggle (at least that’s what this looks like), yet that’s exactly what Tom got on his next jump. Money well spent :p 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: Reserve Parachute Snags On GoPro. Scary Stuff!

Friday Freakout: Reserve Parachute Snags On GoPro....

A wingsuit pilot experiences line twists that lead to a cutaway. The reserve snags on the rear-facing GoPro, which delays and further complicates the reserve deployment until the GoPro mount breaks. If this happened at a much lower altitude or sub-terminal speed (think BASE), the pilot chute may not have generated enough drag to break... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Paraglider Rips In Half, Almost Ends In Disaster

Friday Freakout: Paraglider Rips In Half, Almost E...

Wow. There’s so much “WTF!” going on in this video that it’s hard to keep track. I’m not a paragliding expert, but I’m pretty sure a parachute isn’t supposed to rip in half — ever. Talk about an exciting tandem paragliding experience! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Skims Tower, Lands With Line Twists

Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Skims Tower, Lands Wi...

If you’re going to tell a really lame joke, you should expect a close call or carnage to follow. Annette O’Neil narrowly misses the KL Tower and lands with line twists like a champ! Anette just so happens to be the resident expert at ExtremeSports.About.com, so she knows a thing or two about air sports. Watch Video »
Small Parachute (Velo 90) Collapses At 500 Feet!!

Small Parachute (Velo 90) Collapses At 500 Feet!!

A collapsed Velo 90 canopy at 500 feet makes for an exciting ride back down to earth. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Stuck Paratrooper Dragged Behind Plane

Friday Freakout: Stuck Paratrooper Dragged Behind ...

A paratrooper’s static line fails, putting him into a dizzying spin while he’s towed behind the plane. I don’t know much about static line, but why isn’t the jump master or anyone else helping this guy out?! 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: Lots And Lots And Lots of Line Twists

Friday Freakout: Lots And Lots And Lots of Line Tw...

This jump starts off well, with a wingsuit rodeo flying alongside a small tracking flock. Then Dan gets spun up on his Velo and has to deal with lots of line twists. A whole lot. Check out how he handles the situation. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Snappy Premature Opening While Back Tracking!

Friday Freakout: Snappy Premature Opening While Ba...

This laser jump was going according to plan, with nothing but fun and smiles… until one of these skydivers has a snappy premature opening on his back (with toilet paper in his hand, no less). The situation got worse: his reserve deployed into his main canopy, which was still tangled around him when he cutaway.... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Superman Skydiver Saves Horseshoe Malfunction

Friday Freakout: Superman Skydiver Saves Horseshoe...

Here’s how you clear a horseshoe malfunction at 10,000 feet! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Step-Through Reserve = Double WTF Malfunction!

Friday Freakout: Step-Through Reserve = Double WTF...

When you’re dealing with a spinning malfunction in your wingsuit, the last thing you want (or expect) is a step-through on your reserve once you cutaway. But, hey, there’s a first time for everything. He also probably could’ve done without the backflip through the risers to try and clear the step-through. At least his rigger... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Low Cutaway, Open By 650 Feet!

Friday Freakout: Low Cutaway, Open By 650 Feet!

Kicking out a few solid line twists feels good. Having a low cutaway and an open reserve by 650 feet feels even better. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bad News... Premature Opening Mid-Cartweel

Friday Freakout: Bad News... Premature Opening Mid...

Premature openings have been a common Friday Freakout theme lately. Not cool. NEWS FLASH: a loose BOC will cause a premie… it’s even worse if you’re mid-cartwheel when it happens. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bag Lock Fly-By!

Friday Freakout: Bag Lock Fly-By!

My idea of a typical fly-by involves a wingsuit and proper planning, not a skydiver whizzing by in freefall with bag lock. Watch Video »