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Friday Freakout: Skydiver Nearly Smashes Into Parked Cars

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Nearly Smashes Into Park...

What starts off as a standard landing for a 240-jump skydiver quickly escalates to an “oh shit” moment, nearly smashing into some parked cars in the process. Remember: never stop flying your parachute (and don’t be a toggle jockey :-). Watch Video »
BASE Jumper Survives Cliff Strike, Flies Away Without A Scratch

BASE Jumper Survives Cliff Strike, Flies Away With...

Just in case you wanted some excitement earlier on in the week, here’s a sketchy BASE jump cliff strike that ends on a high note. The only reason this wasn’t posted as a Friday Freakout is because he manages to fly away without a scratch. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: BASE Jump Cliff Strike Goes Real Bad, Real Fast

Friday Freakout: BASE Jump Cliff Strike Goes Real ...

BASE jumping with Nitro Circus can lead to somebody’s first or somebody’s last. I’m not sure if this was Brandon Lillard’s first cliff strike, but luckily it wasn’t his last. To learn more about a strange twist of fate after Brandon’s accident and how you can help support his recovery, click here. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Ground Launch Crash, Smashes Into Rocks

Friday Freakout: Ground Launch Crash, Smashes Into...

All David Laffargue wanted to do was jump from paragliders, but the ground launch didn’t go as planned. He learned the hard way that it’s not worth hurting yourself unless you get all the footage — the GoPro broke off the helmet as they continued to roll/fall/crash down the rocky hill. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: High Speed Skydiving Collision & Premature Opening

Friday Freakout: High Speed Skydiving Collision & ...

A high speed collision on a tracking jump is a scary thing. As a result, one of the skydivers was winded from the impact, panicked, and deployed their parachute mid-skydive, narrowly missing another skydiver on opening. This incident should serve as a reminder to NEVER “bomb” a formation, and shows why it’s so important to... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver's Hands Get Stuck In Line Twists!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver's Hands Get Stuck In Lin...

My friend Felipe got himself into a stucky situation. While attempting to stall his canopy, it spins up and his hands get caught in tight line twists! Luckily his gloves didn’t make the situation any worse, or did they? Do you ever jump with gloves? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: NO PILOT CHUTE... BASE Jumper Miraculously Survives!

Friday Freakout: NO PILOT CHUTE... BASE Jumper Mir...

After 1,500 BASE jumps and 5,000 skydives, Jimmy Pouchert — co-founder of Apex BASE — had come the closest he’s ever been to dying due to a simple yet deadly oversight in his routine gear check. Here’s the backstory and details about the incident in Jimmy’s own words: “This is the closest I’ve ever come... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: The WTF-Wingsuit-Rodeo-Flyby-Canopy-Wrap-Double-Cutaway Malfunction

Friday Freakout: The WTF-Wingsuit-Rodeo-Flyby-Cano...

I know we all make mistakes, but if skydivers like this are sharing the same airspace as the rest of us, they should at least be wearing home arrest-style ankle bracelets so we can keep track of them in the sky. The madness all starts off with a botched wingsuit rodeo, which turns into a... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiving Collision CLOSE Call

Friday Freakout: Skydiving Collision CLOSE Call

Wow, that was way too close for comfort! Kenneth and his friend narrowly miss each other in what could’ve been a nasty crash while flying head down in Sweden. But thanks to the fetal position, they were both lucky this time — unlike these other guys who followed through on their mid-air collision. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Terrifying Cutaway Entanglement

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Terrifying Cuta...

If you can land safely after a cutaway that involves your reserve getting entangled with your main canopy and lines flying everywhere, I’d say that’s a good reason to crack a beer, change your underwear and call it a day. This mess happened to my friend (aptly nicknamed) Mali. Not only did her reserve entangle... Watch Video »
Sketchy Demo Jump Into Bull Fighting Ring

Sketchy Demo Jump Into Bull Fighting Ring

If you’re gonna do a demo jump in Peru, you better make it exciting —like landing into a bull fighting ring surrounded by power lines, cars, mountains, bulls and thousands of spectators. Now that’s a demo jump. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: When Parachutes Collide… Almost.

Friday Freakout: When Parachutes Collide… Almost...

Unless you’re into CRW, the purpose of tracking away at break-off is to gain horizontal separation so that you DO NOT collide with your friends on opening (or come close enough that you soil your pants). When in doubt, blame the booties ;) Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hangs From Plane By Seatbelt!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hangs From Plane By Seat...

Although this may not be part of your “standard” gear check, please take the time to make sure you’re not connected to the aircraft by your seatbelt before you exit — especially when your friends are telling you to “STOP!” At least it wasn’t an instructor hanging from the plane like this other incident. 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: Another Wild Parachute Wrap

Friday Freakout: Another Wild Parachute Wrap

What starts out as a solid 4-stack CRW (canopy relative work) rotation by Team Hypoxia quickly turns into four good friends trying to kill each other in another wild parachute wrap. Surprisingly, this mess only resulted in one cutaway. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collision

Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collisio...

At 60 MPH (about 100 km/h), the crunching sound of this gnarly parachute collision is like watching a car crash… minus the airbags and bumpers. I’m sure both of these skydivers wish they’d tracked just a little bit further apart for more separation. Remember to keep your head up, eyes open, and cover yourself with... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 2 Skydivers Knocked Out From Collision, Saved By Cypres!

Friday Freakout: 2 Skydivers Knocked Out From Coll...

This situation escalates quickly, from a simple angle jump to two skydivers being knocked out in freefall. The girl in the white jumpsuit loses control and hits another skydiver in the back of the head/neck. She gets knocked out for the duration of the jump and is saved by her Cypres. The “victim” also gets... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Passes Out From Hypoxia In Freefall

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Passes Out From Hypoxia ...

What’s it like to pass out from hypoxia in freefall? Well, it starts with 5 skydivers at 22,000 feet and only 4 oxygen masks. Those numbers just don’t add up. After exiting the plane, one of the skydivers becomes unconscious in freefall; his 2 friends have to stabilize him and deploy his main parachute. When... 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: Student's Pilot Chute Wraps Around Camera!

Friday Freakout: Student's Pilot Chute Wraps Aroun...

Well this makes for one hell of an exciting AFF Level 2 jump, and serves as a friendly reminder that ANY camera on your helmet can be a snag hazard, not just a GoPro. In this case, the student’s pilot chute wraps around her instructor’s “traditional” camera as she deploys. Luckily she notices what’s going... Watch Video »