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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 »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Wears Wrong Parachute, Packed For "Educational Purposes"

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Wears Wrong Parachute, P...

Nothing puts the FUN in malfunction like an accidental jump on a Russian D-6 round that was packed for “educational purposes” and put on by mistake. Tanel exited at 2,000 feet only to discover that he was wearing the wrong parachute AND it had a step through. Oops! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bag Lock For AFF Student (Level 1)

Friday Freakout: Bag Lock For AFF Student (Level 1...

At the bottom end of Geoff’s Level 1 AFF jump, he deploys his main and has a bag lock. Watch the video to see how the situation gets handled by the instructor on his reserve side. According to Geoff, the fun wasn’t over once the video ends. The reserve deployment released the bag lock, giving... 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: 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: 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: 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: KABOOM! Parachute Rips In Half.

Friday Freakout: KABOOM! Parachute Rips In Half.

Freefly transition + premature deployment = shredded main canopy. Now he has two parachutes for the price of one. Even I’m still seeing stars from the opening, and I only watched the video ;) All is well that ends well. Thanks to Joe Ridler for sharing his footage. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: The Craziest Ground Rush You Will EVER See!!!

Friday Freakout: The Craziest Ground Rush You Will...

Talk about GROUND RUSH! I can’t believe someone can hit the ground this hard and survive. My friend Liam Dunne of Deepseed is one lucky man. There are several factors that lead to this outcome, but the end result was a CYPRES save, intense ground rush, an 8 inch footprint in the ground, and surgery... Watch Video »