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Friday Freakout: AFF Student's Pilot Chute In Tow

Friday Freakout: AFF Student's Pilot Chute In Tow

I’m not exactly sure how many jumps this AFF student had prior to this one, but it doesn’t matter, a pilot chute in tow is a scary malfunction for any skydiver. You know it’s a bad situation when you’re instructor screams “oh fuck!” The unstable deployment surely didn’t help, but it seems the bridle got... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Mr. Bill Malfunction. Don't Do This!

Friday Freakout: Mr. Bill Malfunction. Don't Do Th...

A Mr. Bill with inexperienced jumpers can go wrong really fast — like getting wrapped up in your pilot chute and bridle right out the door. Take notes… don’t do this! I’m sure it sounded like a good idea at the time. What could possibly go wrong? Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Opening Parachute Hits Instructor In The Face!

Friday Freakout: Opening Parachute Hits Instructor...

Sometimes when a situation takes a downward spiral, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. One of these skydiving instructors keeps his hands on the student. Good call. The other instructor takes a set of lines to the face instead. Not such a good call. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -- MUST SEE

Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -...

There’s so much OMGWTF in this video, I don’t even know where to start, so let’s take it from the top. Stable exit and flying? Nope. Tracking at break-off? Nope. Canopy collision? Of course. Cutaway? Definitely (at least he threw both handles away ;-). Wearing cameras? Fuck yeah! Mario Galvan and Jose de Ines are... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Nearly Breaks Neck

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Nearly Breaks Neck

Ever get slammed by your canopy? WHABAM! If it hasn’t happened to you at least once (yet), you’re doing it wrong. Wait, no. Disregard. This hard opening left Steve Rivello dazed and confused with multiple herniated discs in his neck. I’m not a doctor, but something tells me that’ll really mess up your day. Canopy:... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Parachute Explodes In Half. Aww, Shitty.

Friday Freakout: Parachute Explodes In Half. Aww, ...

Aww, shitty. Don’t you just hate when your parachute explodes in half! I’m not entirely sure why he chopped though. I mean, it’s there, it’s square (sort of), and can probably flare. Wouldn’t you try to land this? (that’s a rhetorical question) Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydive Instructor Hangs From Plane By Seatbelt

Friday Freakout: Skydive Instructor Hangs From Pla...

Seatbelts are a great idea when you’re taking off in a plane. Not so much when you’re exiting a plane. This skydive instructor forgets to unbuckle his seatbelt before exit, and ends up hanging from the plane as his student exits alone on his first (unplanned) solo jump. We all make mistakes, and the key... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Trapped Altimeter, Hard One-Handed Landing

Friday Freakout: Trapped Altimeter, Hard One-Hande...

Some days things just don’t go your way. This poor skydiver was having one of those bad days. First, the freefly tube was spinning him around like a top. Then, his altimeter gets trapped in his risers on deployment. And finally, he steers one-handed and lands super hard in a ditch. In a situation like... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 3 Parachutes + 1 Skydiver = Nasty CRW Wrap

Friday Freakout: 3 Parachutes + 1 Skydiver = Nasty...

Man, you can never have too much nylon! Too right! And not only does he survive being wrapped up in three canopies (including his reserve), but he steers that mess with his right hand and his left foot to land safely in a field. True story. What a BADASS! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute Catches On Plane. Watch Your Handles!

Friday Freakout: Pilot Chute Catches On Plane. Wat...

Another visual reminder to watch your handles in the plane! This skydiver’s pilot chute gets caught on the inside of the skyvan door. Luckily it wasn’t a caravan or otter where the parachute can get caught on the tail of the plane, like this guy. Watch your HANDLES! Watch YOUR handles! WATCH YOUR HANDLES! Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Collision In Freefall

Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Co...

Videos like this don’t usually exist. The reason? Most people would be dead after hitting a canopy in freefall. The upper guy struck the lower guy with both hands on his way by in freefall. I’ve posted some collision close calls in the past, but this is as close as it gets and still living... Watch Video »
[#SFW] Friday Freakout: Snappy Head Down Premature Opening

[#SFW] Friday Freakout: Snappy Head Down Premature...

Usually milestone jumps are the exciting ones, you know, 100, 500, etc. This one is close to 800, but turned out jump number 790 at Summerfest was the one for the YouTube posterity — a snappy head down premature opening. Check your gear before every jump! ~Mel Video by Daniel Croft. 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: Skydiver Breaks Leg. Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Breaks Leg. Snap! Crackl...

Getting femured sucks, especially when you’re not even swooping. If you’re going to play chicken with the earth, just remember that it will win. Every time. What exactly happened here? Did he grab his front risers too low? Discuss. 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: Sit Fly Premature Opening Hits Skydiver

Friday Freakout: Sit Fly Premature Opening Hits Sk...

Having a premature opening while sit flying and then hitting your friend is a really shitty way to start your weekend. Then again, it could’ve been worse, like this scary head down opening. Check your gear. Check your gear. Check your gear. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hits Power Lines... And Survives!

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Hits Power Lines... And ...

You’ve probably seen videos where skydivers get seriously messed up by powerlines. A bad spot, an off landing, a teeny bit of target fixation and BOOM! But for this guy they were the perfect landing spot – he swapped certain death for a giant wedgie and lived to fly another day. I’d say that’s a... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Close Collision. WTF Was That?!

Friday Freakout: Close Collision. WTF Was That?!

“WTF was that?” That, sir, was a skydiver in freefall buzzing your canopy. This is NOT the way to start learning CRW (canopy relative work). Just saying. Close call indeed, also keeping in mind that objects are closer than they appear with a wide angle lens. Reminds me of the “Canopy Collisions For Dummies” freakout... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Swooper Skips Pond Like Stone

Friday Freakout: Swooper Skips Pond Like Stone

Yeeeeah, so you know how you can skip stones on a pond. Well you’re not supposed to try that using your body as the stone. Not gonna lie, it’s very rare that anyone gets to be featured twice for a Friday Freakout, but this is the same “swooper” who was clotheslined by a wire fence.... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Near Impact... "Teach Me To Swoop A Mountain"

Friday Freakout: Near Impact... "Teach Me To Swoop...

This reminds of another video of a skydiver who nearly impacts a mountain in freefall. If this guy wanted to learn to speedfly, all he had to do was ask! Turning a skydive into a mountain run: priceless. For everything else, there’s BASE rigs. Watch Video »