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Friday Freakout: Dirty Low AAD Fire & Tree Landing

Friday Freakout: Dirty Low AAD Fire & Tree Landing

Whooooaaaa Nelly. This is intense! Ben chops a tension knot, doesn’t have an RSL, and can’t find his reserve handle. Luckily his AAD gets his reserve out just in time to save him from the earth… AND he lands without injury despite landing in a tree. WHEW. When it doubt, whip it out. Glad you’re... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Insanely Low Cutaway, 3 Seconds From Impact!!!

Friday Freakout: Insanely Low Cutaway, 3 Seconds F...

In Soviet Russia, underwear soils you! From what I understand from this incident, her cutaway handle wouldn’t chop so she had to run her fingers up the cable housing to manually pull the cutaway cables. Without an AAD, she manages to deploy the reserve only a few seconds before impacting terra firma, and then lands... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Wingsuit Malfunction, Can't Cutaway

Friday Freakout: Wingsuit Malfunction, Can't Cutaw...

If there’s anything worse than trying to kick out of spinning line twists while in the confines of a wingsuit, it’s not being able to cutaway when you need to. At all. Not quite sure exactly what happened here, but the end result is a two-out and a happy landing. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Line Twists, With A Pinch Of Ground Rush

Friday Freakout: Line Twists, With A Pinch Of Grou...

Thermals are a paraglider’s wet dream. That is until your paraglider goes boom! Then that wet dream turns into wet underwear faster than you can say “oh shiiiii…” As the ground rush intensifies, the video cuts out — he didn’t think his GoPro was on, so he thought he was turning it on to film... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Premature AAD, Two-Out, Water Landing.

Friday Freakout: Premature AAD, Two-Out, Water Lan...

Having your Vigil fire prematurely, then getting your head stuck between a twist in your reserve risers and not being able to see what’s happening behind you, followed by a water landing kinda sucks. Definitely not the best way to start off your weekend. My advice: buy a case of beer, get a re-pack, and... More »
Friday Freakout: 2 Parachutes, 1 Nasty Mess.

Friday Freakout: 2 Parachutes, 1 Nasty Mess.

Getting a leg wrapped up in your riser during deployment is definitely up there on the “ooooohhh fuuuucckk” list. Lets just say that the six-hundred-and-something square feet of trailing fabric probably wasn’t making this guy feel all warm and fuzzy inside — but a clean pair of underwear sure would. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: First Cutaway... F*CK YOU Line Over!

Friday Freakout: First Cutaway... F*CK YOU Line Ov...

Here’s a parachute malfunction without the “freakout.” A line over can really mess up your day (or was that a tension knot?), but Johnny Nashville Havron seems pretty cool about the situation — especially considering this might be his first cutaway. He fights it. He gives it the one-finger salute. He fights it some more.... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Brain Malfunction. Low Pull. Crash Landing.

Friday Freakout: Brain Malfunction. Low Pull. Cras...

When you see 15 other parachutes opening, maybe it’s time to pull. Just a suggestion. Back tracking for 25 seconds and no alti check?? I call brain malfunction on this one, or maybe he just fell asleep, but he just keeps tracking on. And on. And on. All the way down to nearly 750ft, resulting... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Spinning Reserve, Lands Backwards In Vineyard

Friday Freakout: Spinning Reserve, Lands Backwards...

Cutting away from line twists: 1 case of beer. Low cutaway: 2 cases of beer. Landing in a vineyard under a spinning reserve and living to post the video on ILS: Priceless. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Bridle Wrap. Bag Lock. Oh F*CK!

Friday Freakout: Bridle Wrap. Bag Lock. Oh F*CK!

Reaching around in a wingsuit to pull your pin when your bridle is wrapped around your hackey is a bit of a joy-killer. As is the resulting bag lock. Luckily for Walker Mackey his reserve plays nice and comes out clean. Bet that brought a smile to his face! 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 »
Friday Freakout: Altitude Awareness Fail. Double Fail!

Friday Freakout: Altitude Awareness Fail. Double F...

What NOT to do while skydiving: Jump with a tandem as a new jumper. Start backflying after the tandem has deployed at 5,000ft. Go for the dock no matter what the altitude. Fly over the top of your mate at 2,000ft. Ignore your altimeter at 1,800ft. Take the time to wave off (to who!?) at... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Student's Bag Lock... To Pull or Not to Pull?

Friday Freakout: Student's Bag Lock... To Pull or ...

“Hmmm. I’m sure there’s something I’m meant to do in this situation? Arch harder? No, that’s not it. Something to do with ET? No, wait, EP… that’s it!” This guy is a model student, right up until his d-bag is bouncing around unopened and he forgets anything about Emergency Procedures. Oops. Almost 8 seconds later,... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Parachute Malfunction

Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Parachute Malfunct...

Don’t know about you, but I’m seeing double watching this video. Double trouble. And not the good kind, like a pair of hot twins in freefly suits riding motorbikes. The bad kind, like when you chop your main and your reserve’s more twisted up than a pretzel. HOL-Eeeee shit! But at least he didn’t land... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Scary Double Malfunction. Make It Stop!

Friday Freakout: Scary Double Malfunction. Make It...

Ground rush can be fun occasionally – except when it doesn’t actually stop. This German skydiver narrowly misses an early appointment with death when his lines snag on his container and the freebag gets entangled with the main. With a heroic effort to climb the lines, he manages to get the reserve out, lands hard,... Watch Video »
The Mystery Cutaway. Whodunit?

The Mystery Cutaway. Whodunit?

Remember to protect and check your handles, folks! Phil of The Bombdigity, a 4-way formation skydiving team, had his cutaway handle mysteriously dislodged and fly off into the blue. Whodunit?! Way to stay cool, calm and collected Phil… unlike this other unintentional cutaway mishap, which happens to be my fave Friday Freakout of all time. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: AFF Instructor Low Pull + Malfunction

Friday Freakout: AFF Instructor Low Pull + Malfunc...

Although this AFF instructor-in-training seems a little nervous, there’s no reason he should’ve dumped this low. Line twists below 2,000 feet are a pain in the ass, but then chopping that low and having to deal with more line twists on your reserve really sucks! On the bright side, at least his main wasn’t too... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Wingsuit Flat Spin + Double Malfunction

Friday Freakout: Wingsuit Flat Spin + Double Malfu...

A little ground rush is fun from time to time, unless you just had a flat spin in your wingsuit followed by a cutaway and reserve pilot chute in tow. A double malfunction can really mess up your day. If you were in this situation, would you have given up on the line twists that... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Opens, Catches On Plane Tail

Friday Freakout: Parachute Opens, Catches On Plane...

As the saying goes, “Plan the jump and jump the plan.” But sometimes a jump just doesn’t go according to plan. Like when your parachute deploys in the door and wraps around the tail of the plane, tossing you around like a puppet on strings. This video, as well as the premature parachute opening on... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Angry Birds vs. Paraglider

Friday Freakout: Angry Birds vs. Paraglider

Don’t you hate it when you’re paragliding through the Indian Himalayas and a couple of real-life angry birds come along and mess your shit up? I sure do. But this Ruskie handles it like a champ. After a reserve ride and hard landing, all is well. Even the “angry bird” survives. Watch Video »