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Friday Freakout: Nasty Paragliding Tree Crash

Friday Freakout: Nasty Paragliding Tree Crash

Flying your paraglider in weak conditions might end with a nasty tree landing like this. Not smart. Lesson learned. And he ‘landed’ without a scratch! 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: High Speed "Meat Missile" Skydiving Collision

Friday Freakout: High Speed "Meat Missile" Skydivi...

A meat missile is the complete opposite of “level, slot, dock.” This skydiving collision resulted in her wearing a back brace for a few weeks, but luckily it wasn’t any worse — this is how people get paralyzed or die in our sport. Please play safe out there! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Insanely Close Canopy Collision!!!

Friday Freakout: Insanely Close Canopy Collision!!...

When separate groups of skydivers invade each other’s airspace, close calls like this are bound to happen. This is waaaay too close for comfort! Not entirely sure what led to this incident, but it should serve as a reminder to give enough separation between groups and never track up/down jump run. Watch Video »
Scary Sit Down BASE Exit

Scary Sit Down BASE Exit

“Hello, my name is Jarett Martin. I’m a paraplegic and I have balls of steel.” Watch Video »
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 »